The NFL Week 1 slate always produces odd occurrences that don't necessarily reflect what happens the rest of the way. Teams throw out new things that aren't on film, and players are still getting used to full speed and contact again, among other reasons for the opening-slate oddities. 

But these rookies flashed in ways that transcended the Week 1 anomalies.

They not only looked like naturals at pro speed and within their units, but they also produced while using their defined strengths. Statistical regression will come in some instances, but by and large, these performances showed traits that hint at long-term stardom.

Looks for big things to come from these rookies—and soon.


Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown is an obvious regression candidate, which is what happens when a rookie gets to erupt against the seemingly tanking Miami Dolphins. 

Brown led the Ravens in receiving in Week 1, catching four passes for 147 yards and touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards. 

This was what the Ravens envisioned when they drafted Brown 25th overall out of Oklahoma this year—he might've given them a bit more. He's a key part of the offense that was remade to suit Lamar Jackson's needs, and the fact that the quarterback went after him deep hints at big things for both. 

Keep in mind Brown was questionable for this game, broke a tackle on his first score and roasted talented defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick on the second. It's clear Brown is already the top wideout in Baltimore and a candidate to emerge as the best at his position from the class, even if he doesn't hit 147 yards or score multiple times again as a rookie. 

Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers were a Week 1 punching bag when they took a 33-3 whipping at the hands of the New England Patriots in Foxborough. 

Devin Bush's play has been lost in the chaos, though, which is a shame. 

Bush was every bit the linebacker the Steelers hoped he would be when they moved up to draft him at No. 10 in April, one spot ahead of the rival Cincinnati Bengals. He led the team in tackles with 11, seven of them solo, and they weren't all just cleanup plays after big gains.