For the most part, the rookies are playing well and seem to be getting better with more reps and time. Liam Eichenberg isn’t on the level of Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Philips, or Jevon Holland but he also hasn’t played as much as them. Hopefully, he’ll turn it around but who knows on him?
Waddle is 12th in the league in receptions and he’s not even used properly. I feel like I’m not going out on a limb saying that. I also know some might say “Sern, what do you know, you’re not a coach or a GM or anything so stop trying to act like you can do better.” You’re right I’m not an NFL coach, however, I am a two-time freshmen football coach, which y’all know means a lot, and even I can tell you that using Jaylen Waddle with his skillset like Jarvis Landry, who I very much enjoy, is not smart. If you can explain to me why it is smart to do that, go for it.
Waddle has been getting better and it certainly seems he has a rapport with Tua. Tua looks for him and trusts him. The first TD to Waddle last week where it was supposed to be a running play but got checked into a slant to Waddle was fantastic.
We all want to see the offense opened up more to see Waddle use that elite speed. You have to think that even with this trio of doofuses running the offense that eventually we’ll get to see Waddle run full speed with a football in his hands. I guess we’ll see.
Jaelan Philips looks like he is really settling in and, strangely, is being used properly on defense. They’re asking him to be, predominantly, a pass-rusher which is right in his wheelhouse. Since the Raiders game, Philips is hounding quarterbacks regularly using his freakish abilities. I fully expect to see his 1.5 sacks right now go up and I think he gets at least one on Sunday.
Jevon Holland has been the quiet one of the bunch but his impact has been strong. He gets overshadowed by others in the secondary but it certainly seems he is the guy keeping it together back there even though the pass defense hasn’t been that stellar or at the very least as impactful as last year. Holland has had a terrific year so far and that can’t be refuted.
He’s quickly arriving to stud territory even though he doesn’t have an INT yet. I think we all had visions of Holland being this ball-hawking safety that was going to cause turnovers at a high frequency. That hasn’t happened yet but Holland is getting closer to that first elusive INT.
With the season already out of hand, watching these three guys develop will be one of the main reasons I think most of us tune in. We’ll watch them now get better but then scratch our heads in a year when they’re still at the same exact spot they’re at now. For me, it’s hard to not think like that when we’ve seen it so many times before. Perhaps, not this time?