Rookie Minicamp Report: Week 2 (2019 Fantasy Football)
Rookie minicamps continued with the second round this past weekend, and many key draft picks were in action. After some interesting performances in the first weekend of minicamps, even more fantasy relevant rookies took the field to give us the first glimpse into what their careers might hold. A lot of the reports that emerge will be glowing, so they should all be taken with a grain of salt. With that said, we can still glean some valuable information from Week 2 of minicamps. Let’s take a look at which notable players stood out in this week’s rookie minicamp report.
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN)
Brown reported to minicamp this past weekend and reportedly drew some second looks from staff and media alike. Brown “looked like a linebacker.” Brown has been praised for his work ethic and dedication from day one by head coach Mike Vrabel, and he should immediately start opposite Corey Davis for the Titans this season. His upside is capped by the inconsistent play of QB Marcus Mariota, so temper expectations in year one. He’s a better prospect in dynasty formats than in redraft, and he has the skills to build a productive career.
Terry Godwin (WR – CAR)
Godwin was drafted in the 7th Round out of Georgia, where he had a promising collegiate career despite a lack of huge numbers on the field. Godwin was one of the best receivers in minicamp in terms of hands. Despite practicing in the pouring rain, he didn’t drop a single pass. He’s a shifty receiver with reliable hands who would seem to fit well in the slot. He’s a name to keep in mind in dynasty formats.
Will Grier (QB – CAR)
Grier will compete for the backup job in Carolina for now, but his time to step into the starting lineup won’t be far off. Cam Newton is nursing an injured shoulder, and he may not be 100% entering the season. Grier’s minicamp performance was a mixed bag, making some impressive throws and whiffing on others. He should be the favorite to start the year as Newton’s backup, and he makes an intriguing dynasty option.
Dwayne Haskins (QB – WAS)
Haskins was “uneven” according to reports, but that’s to be expected after just one season at Ohio State. Haskins showed off his big arm, but he made a number of errant throws at minicamp. He may be a year away from seeing significant playing time, but he could benefit tremendously from a year of learning behind Case Keenum. His rapport was unsurprisingly excellent with WR Terry McLaurin, his OSU teammate. The connection between the two will be a boon to both in fantasy, and drafting McLaurin was a smart move by the coaching staff to help Haskins build confidence. McLaurin is a great dynasty sleeper to keep an eye on.
Dawson Knox (TE – BUF) & Tommy Sweeny (TE – BUF)
Despite adding John Brown and Cole Beasley in the offseason, Buffalo still sports a weak receiving corps and no veteran presence at TE on the roster. Draftees Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeny will have their chance to earn a starting gig with the Bills, with Knox the best bet at becoming fantasy relevant. The 6’4, 250 lb rookie from Ole Miss regularly got separation from defenders and made some highlight grabs at minicamp. He’s a strong dynasty pick at TE and worthy of a deep-league roster spot in redraft formats. Sweeny turned some heads too, so don’t be surprised to hear both of these names during the regular season.
Kyler Murray (QB – ARI)
Murray came into minicamp strong, and he left a very positive first impression on teammates, who described him as a natural leader from day one. Murray’s got the requisite skills to become a quality NFL starter, but his size is still a big concern. His attitude and leadership, two things that can’t be coached, seem to be off the chart. A number one pick should not only be talented, but possess incredible intangibles. It looks like Murray has gotten off to a good start in Arizona.
Miles Sanders (RB – PHI)
Sanders made some great plays in minicamp over the weekend, frequently running through piles and emerging on the other side. He still has a lot of room for improvement according to the coaching staff, but RBs coach Duce Staley has coached some great backs such as Jay Ajayi and LeSean McCoy and could help Sanders do great things. Doug Pederson is notorious for employing an RBBC of two to four backs, so Sanders won’t be guaranteed any playing time right off the bat. He’s arguably the best talent in the backfield, so expect his opportunities to come sooner rather than later.
T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET)
Hockenson showed that he can be a strong blocker and a playmaking pass catcher in his rookie debut for the Lions. He’ll obviously be expected to step up right away as a top-10 pick, so it’s encouraging to see him making such a strong first impression. Hockenson should be viewed as a high end TE2 with TE1 upside in redraft formats and an obvious first round dynasty selection.
We drafted a good one folks…TJ has some hands! 🦁 🏈 pic.twitter.com/Bx8oDPtL5g
— Detroit Lions Guru (@DetLionsGuru) May 11, 2019
Noah Fant (TE – DEN)
Fant looked every bit the part of a top-tier TE at Broncos’ minicamp. He displayed his strength in the blocking game in drills and caught nearly everything thrown his way. Fant is going to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses because of his unique combination of build and speed. Joe Flacco‘s penchant for targeting TEs will surely be on display this upcoming season in Denver.