10 scariest rookies the Patriots will play in 2024

2024-25 New England Patriots Schedule: Facing the NFL's Top Rookies and Tough Teams
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Buffalo Bills - Ray Davis, RB

The Buffalo Bills have seemingly needed a running back for several seasons. They may have just found the future at the position in Kentucky's Ray Davis. Davis runs hard. He's not the biggest back, but don't let his size fool you.

He's a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher who's utilized well in the passing game. He will quickly become a favorite of Josh Allen's coming out of the backfield.

Davis is effective in breaking tackles. His vision and patience will be hard to counter. The Patriots' front seven will need to take Davis seriously. While he doesn't possess top-tier breakaway speed, Davis knows how to run hard, break tackles, and find the end zone. He'll prove to be a tough matchup and someone not to be overlooked.

Chicago Bears - Caleb Williams, QB

I mean, you knew this was coming, didn't you? A little Drake Maye vs. Caleb Williams matchup for ya. Caleb Williams has long been lauded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck. That's about as big a compliment as you can give a quarterback coming out of college.

Williams is an "I can make any type of throw" quarterback. He has elite arm talent and is incredibly fun to watch.

The Bears are building something interesting in Chicago. Justin Fields never got settled as the starter in Chicago, but the Bears are ensuring that Williams gets settled ASAP by bolstering the offensive weaponry around him.

His top receivers will be Keenan Allen, D.J. Moore, and fellow rookie Rome Odunze. That is about as nice as it gets for an incoming quarterback. Expect Williams to throw the ball ridiculously all over the field against New England. The Pats might not have an answer for a team with this much firepower.