Ezekiel Elliot, Jalen Ramsey and the rookies to look out for this NFL season

Ahead of the start of the new NFL season on Thursday, here is a look at some of the rookie players to keep an eye out for in the coming months of the campaign.

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Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys did what few teams do anymore and took a running back in the top five of the NFL Draft, but the former Ohio State star is far from a typical running back. Behind the league’s best offensive line, Elliott should immediately be among the NFL’s best runners as the season unfolds,

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Pressure for quarterbacks

Both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles traded up to take Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, respectively, with the first two picks when they drafted. Wentz, pictured, was supposed to not see action this year, but Philadelphia’s trade of Sam Bradford to Minnesota Vikings plus injury to Chase Daniel means Wentz is the starter. Goff, who looked terrible in pre-season, may struggle if and when he gets a start for Los Angeles. Dak Prescott, a fourth-round pick who was surprisingly good in pre-season, is starting for Dallas Cowboys with Tony Romo injured.

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Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota Vikings

Speaking of Minnesota, the newly acquired Bradford will not have spent much time with first-round-receiver Treadwell before beginning on what they hope is a Super Bowl campaign. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s injury has thrown the offence into disarray, but a quick bond between Bradford and Treadwell would go a long way to help.

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Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars

The cornerback from Florida State is just the type of brash, talented defender Jacksonville have been longing for. They expect to contend for the first time in years, and a strong year from Ramsey, who might be the best rookie defensive player from this Draft class, could prove pivotal to contending.

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Much of the Atlanta defence

Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay will see two rookie starting linebackers for Atlanta Falcons in Deion Jones, pictured, and De’Vondre Campbell. First-round safety Keanu Neal will join them when he returns from injury after a few weeks.

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Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM

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