If you’re a big Gridiron Heights fan, you’d know that this week would be the quarter-season carnival. Due to the additional week, there is no way to tell for certain if this week will be that special episode that many people are looking forward to.
Nevertheless, by the time week, 4 rolls around it are easy to analyze who is improving. Tons of players have outplayed their expectations heading into the season. Let’s take a look at the breakout players thus far in the NFL season. (Rookies and players that were hurt are not included)
QB: Sam Darnold, CAR
It might be due in part to his departure to a better team, whoever his stats nearly match his stats from last year and it’s only been four games! In four weeks, Sammy Dimes is sixth in passing yards, seventh in yards per game, and has ten total touchdowns.
He played poorly against Dallas but he still looked good. Darnold is making smart plays and has been playing his best football since USC.
RB: Cordarrelle Paterson, ATL
While the Falcons season has been looking poor, it most certainly hasn’t for Cordarrelle Paterson. In every position he’s played, he dominated this year. Lining up at RB and WR, it seems to be an outstanding year for him.
He is listed as a running back but he has had most of his success as a receiver. He has over 300 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns.
TE: Dalton Schultz, DAL
With so many elite weapons on the Cowboys’ offense, it may seem easy to overlook Dalton Schultz. Since the absence of future hall of famer Jason Witten, Dalton Schultz has taken over his spot even more so than Blake Jarwin.
He consistently finds himself open and is a secure target. Schultz has 3 touchdowns (ranked 3rd) and ranks fifth among tight end receiving yards with 201!
DL: Javon Hargrave
Coming into the season, the community was calling out the eagles for a lack of improvement. Their defense looked fairly poor with an aging Fletcher Cox and a subpar Darius Slay. Javon Hargrave has been the bright spot of the Philly defense.
He is currently second in the league in sacks and has one forced fumble. He has been a disruptive force in the first quarter of the season and it does not seem to show any signs of slowing down.
DB: Trevon Diggs
Before this season he may have been known as just Stephon Diggs’s brother. During the off-season, he may have been known for his sons’ confusion of Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott. But four weeks into the season, he is known as the league’s interception leader (with five interceptions).
He has been locking down the league’s top receivers this season such as Mike Evans and Keenan Allen! He has lived up to the hype and is a key contributor to Dallas’s recent success.
Team: Arizona Cardinals
After reading this article you probably assumed I would have chosen the Dallas Cowboys. The Cardinals are the lone undefeated team in the NFL beating the Rams much to LA’s demise. The Cardinals offense has been explosive and is currently the number one ranked offense and currently leads the league in points per game (35).
Even their defense has shown up in a big way forcing five turnovers and allowing under 22 points per game. The Cardinals head into an easier slide in their schedule and there doesn’t seem to be a team that will be able to stop them in the foreseeable future.
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