Jerick McKinnon, Van Jefferson and the best sleepers on each team – The Athletic


We asked each of our NFL editors the same question: Who is your team’s sleeper? (We also asked them for an escape drive.)

Here are their responses:

Arizona Cardinals

Rondale Moore. Of course, the buzz in the Cardinals camp has been about AJ Green’s good looks, but if I’m going to pick a receiver that’s going to end up with a lot of targets that went to Larry Fitzgerald, I’ll take the rookie. He won’t be the Cardinals’ primary reception option, but as he grows up in the Cardinals offense, I wouldn’t be surprised if he overtakes Green and Christian Kirk on Kyler Murray’s list of favorite weapons. – Lindsay Jones, @bylindsayhjones

Atlanta Falcons

Hayden Hurst. Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts will obviously be the go-to guys, especially in the red zone, but Hurst has skills and was vastly underused last season. Add in that trainer Arthur Smith likes to build his attack around tight ends and it’s easy to imagine Hurst as an effective weapon. – Jeff Schultz, @JeffSchultzATL

Baltimore Ravens

I don’t remember how well he sleeps with JK Dobbins’ injury, but Gus Edwards had sort of become the forgotten man in the Ravens backfield. I expected him to play a big offensive role even before Dobbins was ruled out for the season. The Ravens love Edwards’ powerful downhill style and trust him to take care of the ball and finish in the red zone. –


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