Three games into the 2022 NFL season it's clear that some rookies are starting to get comfortable with life in the league.

Coaching staffs and teams might be hesitant to put too much on a rookie too early in the season, but as we approach the first quarter of the season, young players always begin to demand playing time with their performance.

Obviously, some rookies are pressed into action right away. Players like Travon Walker, Aidan Hutchinson and Derek Stingley Jr. were starters from Day 1.

There are others who are proving they aren't far from that kind of status right now. We'll focus on players playing less than 60 percent of their team's offensive or defensive snaps.

Whether they are proving to be better than the veteran in front of them or are shining in a small sample size, these rookies are forcing their way into a bigger role.


RB James Cook, Buffalo Bills

NFL coaches can be an unforgiving bunch so it should come as no surprise that James Cook fumbling his first carry in the league got his career off on the wrong foot.

Cook coughed up the ball on his first touch in Week 1 and didn't see another carry.

The good news for him—and the Bills who drafted him in the second round of the draft—is that he's been involved in the offense in each of the last two weeks.

Cook is not getting a huge share of the snaps. He's played just 15 percent thus far. But when he's on the field they are looking to get him the ball.

In Week 2, he was on the field for 18 snaps and saw 11 carries with one target in the passing game. So they gave him the ball or looked his way on 66 percent of the plays he was on the field. He saw another ridiculous share of touches in Week 3 when he was targeted five times with one carry on 11 snaps.

He's making the most of his limited opportunities right now with 4.5 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per target. His role should only increase as he gets more comfortable in pass protection and the nuances of the NFL game.