Jun 12, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry (58) stretches after minicamp at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
In addition to our Training Camp Takeaway series that kicked off last week, we at PFF are also hot on the trails of some intriguing rookies to keep your eyes on as we progress through the preseason. Some rookies are wowing during their first training camp and may be pushing hard for some well-deserved, extra snaps during preseason games.
With our wealth of knowledge both at the NFL and FBS level, here are some under-the-radar rookies that have been turning heads and that you may get to see a lot of this preseason, and what they did in college a year ago:
The Houston Texans receiving corp is filled with talent, but Coutee’s unique skillset can propel him up the depth chart quickly. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V will be staples in the pass game on the outside, while the rookie Coutee will battle the likes of Bruce Elllington and Braxton Miller for slot-receiving duties. Coutee’s speed and body control make him a vertical threat, and the Texans may be able to maximize his value on jet sweeps and other ‘space’ plays from the slot. Coutee led all draft-eligible wide receivers in yardage from the slot with 1,265 yards last season at Texas Tech, and he ranked first in slot receptions with 82. Improvement can be had in production from the slot for the Texans as Ellington led the team with 224 slot snaps in 2017, catching 54.5 percent of his targets, 58th among qualifying wide receivers.
It appears to be a three-way battle for the lead back role for the Colts this season. Second-year RB Marlon Mack looks to be the…