De’Vante Bausby was on “Broncos Country Tonight” (audio is embedded in this article from Mile High Report) and he said this about the difference in how quickly a defense can come together vs an offense:
"‘Defensively, I think we’re going to be solid,’ Bausby said. “Because we’ve got a lot of guys returning and we’re in the same system. Defensively I feel like it’s easier to get the ball rolling. Now offensively, we got new pieces and young guys, I think it’s more on that side of the ball that we need at least like one practice run before things get serious… …Just seeing different faces one time before the real thing gets started would be beneficial in my opinion.”"
This is a good take too, this isn’t someone just posturing for one side or the other in the NFL/NFLPA debate.
It is easy to see it on paper and think about how easy it is for talented rookies to shine but look at the best offensive rookie in the NFL last year, A.J. Brown.
Brown finished the season with one of the best rookie seasons of all time, with 1,051 yards on just 52 receptions. However, he didn’t pass the 500-yard mark until Week 12 of the 2019 season.
Let me say that again, a rookie receiver who was historically efficient didn’t even get half of his yards until Week 12 meaning that he averaged 44.6 yards per game before that time and 101 yards per game after that.
The moral to that story is that it takes time for a receiver to dominate in the NFL even if that receiver has the tools and skills to succeed as a rookie.