Sometimes, it isn't enough for a player to be talented. If there isn't an opportunity to play or enough talent around to help out, the best rookie quarterback in the league could have a tough time putting up solid fantasy production. Our staff looks at this year's crop and urges caution with some rookie signal callers.
I would categorize Kyler Murray this way. Yes, I know he's tailor-fit for Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme, but the Cardinals remain a team that ranked at or near the bottom of most offensive and defensive categories last year. A lot has to fall right, including the new make-shift line playing well, and Kingsbury being a better NFL coach than he was a college coach, and Murray's own durability, for me to think his obvious talents can translate into consistent success at the professional level.
Will Grier, though talented enough to become an eventual starter, is stuck behind Cam Newton for the time being. Grier is very different in terms of playing style. If he were to become the starter, the offense would need to be tailored to include fewer designed run and improvisational elements and focus more on timing and anticipatory concepts. The good thing for Grier is that the surrounding talent is great and Newton’s health struggles and contract situation could play out in such a way that he could be the starter in two years’ time.
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