2021 Preseason All Rookie Team
QB - Zach Wilson
Wilson has been by far the most impressive rookie quarterback in the preseason. He’s taken command of the offense in two preseason games and has been chucking quality passes down the field. Wilson has a quarterback rating of 137.7 in his first two preseason games. He went 15 for 20 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns and looked in complete command of his offense. Wilson had become an afterthought in fantasy minds even though he was the number 2 overall pick in the draft. He shouldn’t be, as he looks to finally be the answer to the QB woes for the Jets.
RB - Demetric Felton
Felton has become a playmaker with the opportunities given to him in the preseason. He has superior agility and makes opponents miss. His best route into the field should be as a return specialist at first. He has the versatility to be a runner and receiver, thus saving a roster spot. Nick Chubb and KareemHunt will not leave many opportunities available, but Felton should be able to maximize the ones he gets. Felton’s best use on the field would be quick slants, jet sweeps, and short passes. He could see some run as a true gadget player in this offense.
RB - Rhamondre Stevenson
The rookie running back from Oklahoma hit the end zone for the fifth time in the three preseason games on Sunday. 5 times! Stevenson has finished with the most yards, most touchdowns, and longest run of any RB in the preseason. That is not too shabby. Sony Michel being shipped out of town is only going to enhance his opportunities, as Bill Belicheck usually goes with the hot hand at RB. There will be ties he outscores lead back Damian Harris, and he could even be in line for goal-line work. He is absolutely roster worth at this point.
WR - Devonta Smith
Smith has been playing second fiddle to Jamarr Chase ever since the draft. Chase has struggled a bit, leaving the door open for Smith to shine. That was halted a bit with Smith dealing with an injury, but he was finally able to get on the field in the preseason. He had some jitters, but his talent was obvious. Smith appeared to be able to separate himself from his opponents due to his speed and route-running precision. It showed his potential and reaffirmed the choice the Eagles made in taking him in the first round.
WR - Dyami Brown
Brown came into Washington with an opportunity to carve out a role across from Terry McLaurin. He has shown some solid skills with his opportunities. He has four receptions for 49 yards in two games. Washington thought so highly of Brown this preseason that they cut Kelvin Harmon, Antonio Gandy-Golden and Steven Sims Jr. Brown’s ascension was also a factor since he can contribute to this offense and he should fit into that other outside position with Terry and Curtis Samuel locked in.
WR - Terrace Marshall Jr.
Marshall came to a loaded WR room in Carolina with Robbie Anderson and DJ Moore already in-house. During training camp, he’s been working in the slot primarily, something he’s familiar with from his time at LSU. That can work beautifully in the context of the offense, as he can exploit mismatches inside against smaller corners. He demonstrated how he could use his size in the preseason as he beat up on corners. He’s classified as 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, which is more than enough to handle the punishment on the inside. He has also developed a solid rapport with QB Sam Darnold, and should be locked in as the #3 wide receiver going into the season.
TE - Kyle Pitts
Pitts was one of the Falcons’ few critical position players to play in the team’s last preseason game. The fourth overall selection in this year’s draft showed off his incredible athleticism by taking a short throw and barreling down the field for 27 yards through the defense. Pitts is a unique and intriguing talent whose hype has approached levels that can only be described as the hall of fame or bust. Pitts is locked in as TE1 and is a top-three pass catcher in the Falcons offense. It would be a shock if he isn’t a top 5 TE this year for fantasy purposes.
FLEX - Jaret Patterson
Patterson was someone that I loved coming out of Buffalo. Patterson has been electric in the preseason, piling up yards on the ground and in the air on his way to dominating the preseason. He did such a good job that Washington cut running back Peyton Barber, assuring Patterson that he has earned a spot on the 53-man roster He has the complete package of running, receiving, vision, and balance that you are looking for in a running back. He has a couple of great backs ahead of him in Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic, but he is talented enough to earn some playing time as the season progresses.