The NFL preseason is in full swing, and rookies across the league are getting their first taste of professional football. Several young players have been turning heads with their performances on the field in the AFC South. From explosive running backs to promising quarterbacks, these rookies are making an impact and showing their potential.
Over the first two weeks of the 2023 preseason, a handful of first-year players in the AFC South have shown promise. The division currently features three of the top four drafted quarterbacks, a star tight end, a wide receiver, and a pair of running backs as well as the defensive prize of the draft. Given how loaded it is, the AFC South could yield the ROTY in 2023. Moving forward and each week, we will check in on the NFL's most stocked division of young rookie talent.
Keep in mind that neither Anthony Richardson nor Will Levis play at all in Week 2. We will consider them our week two losers, even if Richardson got the nod to be the season's starter. Let's talk about our AFC South's rookie winners now.
Winner, Jacksonville Jaguars: Tank Bigsby shines again in preseason
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a promising rookie running back in Tank Bigsby. In his preseason debut, Bigsby showcased his potential as a dynamic playmaker in the backfield. Despite limited playing time, he made a lasting impression with his combination of power and agility.
Bigsby's performance was highlighted by an explosive 34-yard run early in the second quarter. This play demonstrated his speed and agility, as he broke tackles and showed off his big-play potential. It caught the attention of fans and coaches alike, solidifying his status as a player to watch.
In addition to his impressive run, Bigsby carried the ball nine times for 52 yards. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry, showcasing his ability to gain positive yardage consistently. While it is still early in his NFL career, Bigsby has laid the foundation for future success and growth in the Jaguars' rushing attack. Coach Pederson loves his abilities and football acumen. Tank has solidified his place on the roster and created a two-headed rushing monster with Travis Etienne.