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Old 07-25-2008, 11:53 AM    (permalink
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Every year a player will come out of nowhere to put a huge numbers. Sometimes one is to be an expected source of big numbers and take that next step to stardom. This list contains seven players that will breakout from mediocrity or become a pro bowl caliber player.

7. Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota Vikings: As a former 2nd round pick with character concerns, he has yet to prove himself. I don’t know if he’s noticed that yet. He has been quoted of saying he is going to break Michael Strahan’s single season sack record. I wouldn’t go that far but don’t sleep on him. With Erasmus James gone to Washington and Kenchi Udeze fighting Leukemia, he will be the starter opposite of newly acquired Jared Allen. He’s a physical specimen at 6’5, 270 lbs. with a good pass rush set. With all of the attention being paid to Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, and Allen on the line, he should be able to breakout anywhere from eight to double digit sacks.

6. Michael Huff, FS, Oakland Raiders: Finally the Raiders have realized this guy was born to play the free safety position. He’s been playing strong safety since being drafted as the 7th overall pick in 2006 and has yet to see any success. That will all change this season as he will start at free safety. Oh, and not to mention that their secondary is sick. Pro Bowl corner DeAngelo Hall was added this season to play opposite of Nnamdi Asomugha, a shut down corner himself. On top of that, Al Davis signed Gibril Wilson from the Giants this offseason to a 6 year deal. Since the secondary is now one of the top 5 in the NFL, he will be allowed to roam the field and be the ball hawk Raiders fans have always envisioned him of being.

5. Tamba Hali, DE, Kansas City Chiefs: For a defense that lost sack leader Jared Allen, they have a lot to look forward to in the future. You could look to their 2008 draft in which the Chiefs drafted Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Flowers, Dajuan Morgan, and Brain Johnston. You could look to stud outside linebacker Derrick Johsnon. I see Tamba Hali, the pass rushing sack artist out of Penn State, as the brightest spot in this high potential defense. He broke out in his 2007 campaign with 59 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 7.5 sacks. With Dorsey manning the middle to command double teams, he will further his progress into becoming one of the premier ends in the league.

4. Michael Griffen, FS, Tennessee Titans: After spending a lot of time at corner early on in his rookie season, the Titans woke up and put him at free safety where he never looked back. He finished his rookie campaign with 54 total tackles, 7 pass deflections, and 3 interceptions. He is the best player in their secondary now that Adam Jones is in Dallas and will continue to prove it in 2008 but not without the help of his defensive line. Albert Haynesworth is a force in every sense of the word and is as valuable to his team as any other player in the league. Kyle Vanden Bosch will bring heat off the edge forcing rushed passes and should rack up the INT’s.

3. Reggie Bush, RB, New Orleans Saints: He has to. He has too much talent and help around him to not become a force in the NFL. Everybody quickly forgot his rookie year in which he lead all rookies in receptions and his punt return for a touchdown in the NFC Championship game against the Bears. He was very injury prone last season which lead to a very sub par sophomore campaign. That won’t continue in 2008. The Saints have arguably a top five quarterback in Drew Brees, tight end in Jeremy Shockey, and wide receiver in Marques Colston. Not to mention one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in Jammal Brown. Deuce McAllister is too injury prone to be counted on anymore leaving Bush to help bring the Saints to the promise land.

2. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: I had a hard time putting Calvin Johnson on this list for statistical purposes. The Lions are going to try to run the ball as much as they pass but I doubt that works. They will be playing from behind a lot and are made to pass the ball with Roy Williams, Johnson, Shaun McDonald, and Mike Furrey. Kevin Smith, who has a slender frame, had 450 carries in college last year as well and he’ll be their starter. But the main reason he’s number two on my list is because he is Calvin Johnson. He is the man that at 6’5 and 230 lbs ran a 4.35 forty. He’s the man that had 48 receptions, 756 yards, and 4 touchdowns as a rookie. He’s the same guy who had 5 catches and 102 yards against San Diego’s elite secondary in week 15. He’s the man hailed as a once in a lifetime prospect. He’s too good to not become an elite player this season and in the next 12 alike.

1. Gaines Adams, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The number 4 overall pick in last year’s draft was very sub par. Until about Week 8 where he started every game and notched 38 total tackles, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 pass deflections. Not to mention sacking Eli Manning in the playoffs. Another reason he’ll become a star this year is because of his 6’5, 260 lbs. frame and a 4.66 forty. But on top of all of that is that his style of play is tailor made for Tampa Bay’s defense. He’s an intense pass rusher and applies consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback. Tampa’s secondary is one of the best in the NFL with Ronde Barber and the emergence of Tanard Jackson. Oh, one more thing. I looked up his sacks on downs and 3.5 of them were on 3rd down which is crucial. So take a secondary that covers well and add a pass rusher who had six sacks in eight games which would be 12 sacks in 16 games and you get a perfect storm. He will make the Pro Bowl this year and be feared by all quarterbacks soon enough.

So when you’re talking to your buddy about who will become the next Greg Jennings or Mario Williams in terms of breaking out, mention these players and you will look very smart by season’s end.
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Reggie ran a wheel route in for a touchdown against the Bears, not a punt return. His struggles this past year were his fault more than anyone's. His rookie year he really progressed throughout the year and by the end his running style had adapted much more to the NFL and he danced alot less and was much more successful. But for some reason last year he got back into stopping in the backfield and trying to do too much.
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Seems like a solid list, just wondering why it was only 7.
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I dont know enough about other teams but here are some Falcon guys:

Jamaal Anderson: His breakout basically means that he becomes an average pass rusher. He weighed in at 283 which was his playing weight for college. I am pretty sure he was pushing 300 last year. I think with the new DL coach, Jamaal Anderson should be able to take advantage of the single teams given to him.

Laurent Robinson: I like his skill set alot. He makes great catches and runs pretty good routes. Doesnt have elite speed or amazing YAC ability, but he should do well as a number 2 receiver. Either this year or next year he establishes himself as a damn good number 2 receiver.

Harry Douglass: Perfect skill set for the slot position. He is very quick and runs great routes. Reminds me of Wes Welker. With Matt Ryan spreading around the ball, I would be surprised to see a good amount of production out of him in his rookie year for a slot guy.
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Are the rumors of Jamaal Anderson moving to DT true?
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He isnt moving to DT. The Falcons might give him a few snaps at DT and see how that goes.
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Tamba Hali definately needs to breakout post JA trade and I see it happening especially once Dorsey signs and pair him next to Tamba
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You could have also added RB Michael Turner, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, OT Tony Ugoh, WR Steve Smith(NYG), RB Marion Barber, CB Darrelle Revis, LB David Harris, and QB Matt Leinart. There are more but those are just some off the top of my head.
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So, basically take top draft picks from 1-2 years ago who haven't quite lived up to their potential yet, and you got a list of potential breakout players for 2008-9? BRILLIANT!
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But in this case it works. The Bush one on there is truly the only one I don't like, as I think he may not be able to fix what has been going on. I don't know though. Eagles guys: Stewart Bradley, Victor Abiamiri, and (Hopefully, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE) Reggie Brown.
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A few guys off the top of my head I like:


Chad Jackson, NE - He has been running with the starters and will have a great chance to produce in that offense...He's been forgotten with the injury last year but he should emerge this year, Brady has always shown that he will spread the ball around to the open guy and Jackson won't have much attention on him all year...He's the same age as alot of rookie WR's this year.


Brian Robison, Min - Always loved his athleticism, I like him and not Edwards to make a splash next year and be key reserve sack specialist off the bench in pass rushing situations.



Sam Hurd, Dal - He has already been a playmaker for us and at 23 he's only going to get better with an increased load...He is going to surprise some people because people were force feeding us WR's in mock drafts, I think he can put Crayton back in the slot and be a nice weapon on the outside.


Pierre Thomas, NO - He really showed his potential in the week 17 games where he had over 100 rushing and 100 receiving, and I don't think Deuce has much left in the tank...Bush has showed he is better used as a change of pace back, and the Saints look like they want to give Thomas a shot at some point, I don't expect Deuce to finish the year.
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A few guys off the top of my head I like:


Chad Jackson, NE - He has been running with the starters and will have a great chance to produce in that offense...He's been forgotten with the injury last year but he should emerge this year, Brady has always shown that he will spread the ball around to the open guy and Jackson won't have much attention on him all year...He's the same age as alot of rookie WR's this year.


Brian Robison, Min - Always loved his athleticism, I like him and not Edwards to make a splash next year and be key reserve sack specialist off the bench in pass rushing situations.


Sam Hurd, Dal - He has already been a playmaker for us and at 23 he's only going to get better with an increased load...He is going to surprise some people because people were force feeding us WR's in mock drafts, I think he can put Crayton back in the slot and be a nice weapon on the outside.


Pierre Thomas, NO - He really showed his potential in the week 17 games where he had over 100 rushing and 100 receiving, and I don't think Deuce has much left in the tank...Bush has showed he is better used as a change of pace back, and the Saints look like they want to give Thomas a shot at some point, I don't expect Deuce to finish the year.
You bastard, you beat me to mentioning Robison. Haha. I was about to say that it would be awfully hard for Edwards to see so much playing time with the coaching staff really liking Robison.

Hurd was a guy i thought of as well, although it might be a little tough with all the weapons on the team.
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You bastard, you beat me to mentioning Robison. Haha. I was about to say that it would be awfully hard for Edwards to see so much playing time with the coaching staff really liking Robison.

Hurd was a guy i thought of as well, although it might be a little tough with all the weapons on the team.
Yep, and if its one thing he can do its get after the QB, that has always been a strength as well as freakish athleticism, with all the attention going to the other guys, he should have no problem racking up sacks.
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Yeah, he should get a lot of snaps on both side of the line as well. He was always one of the unsung players on the Texas defense, but he was always the one blowing up the line and making plays. Freakish athleticism is a good description of his abilities, cause he can really get after it. The Vikings will have a lot of talent to work with on defense this year.
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You could have also added RB Michael Turner, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, OT Tony Ugoh, WR Steve Smith(NYG), RB Marion Barber, CB Darrelle Revis, LB David Harris, and QB Matt Leinart. There are more but those are just some off the top of my head.
How exactly will Bradshaw break out? Barring an injury to Jacobs, you have him and Ward ahead of him?

I don't get the Marion Barber, Darrelle Revis and David Harris ones.. They've all shown already that they will be stud players in the league, what would they need to do to break out? Barber will never be a 1500 yard rusher, simply because the coaching staff won't allow him to get that many carries. David Harris just racked up 127 tackles this past year, so short of him going for 175 this year, i don't see a "break out" either.
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Here's a few of mine:

Donte Whinter - This guy has lots of talent and he should be one of the leaders in Buffalo. The DC is going to move him around a lot and let him make plays. I expect him to have a season like Kerry Rhodes had a couple of years ago.

Matt Schaub - Played well last year until he got hurt. Andre Johnson will be back healthy this year and with Alex Gibbs running the O-Line will take a lot of pressure off him. I also expect the Texans to be a wildcard team.

Rocky McIntosh - An athletic LB from the U has been solid but has yet to really stand out. With the addition of Jason Taylor it should help keep Lineman off the OLB's and give him more opportunity to make plays on blitzes.

Charles Spencer - Was recently picked up by the Panthers after being let go by the Texans. Spencer was Houston starting LT in Houston as a rookie but has had injury problems. If they move him inside at Guard, he could pair with Otah to make one of the most powerful right-sides in football.
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With Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers beefing up the D-Line in Cleveland, and considering this is his third year in the system, look for D'Qwell Jackson to have a big breakout year for us. Safety Sean Jones might finally make the pro bowl, but he kinda already had a breakout year 2 years ago. 2008 should be Jones' breakout breakout year. Kamerion Wimbley kinda broke out as a rookie too with 11 sacks, but sagged in 2007 with only 5. We all expect 10-15 from Kamerion this year.

I think Santonio Holmes in Pittsburgh and Johnathan Joseph in Cincinnati will breakout this year too.
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Matt Schaub and Vernon Davis are my choices. Maybe Tony Scheffler.
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Chad Jackson, NE - He has been running with the starters and will have a great chance to produce in that offense...He's been forgotten with the injury last year but he should emerge this year, Brady has always shown that he will spread the ball around to the open guy and Jackson won't have much attention on him all year...He's the same age as a lot of rookie WR's this year.
I liked him coming out and I felt bad that he was drafted by NE and then buried on that bench and got hurt.
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How exactly will Bradshaw break out? Barring an injury to Jacobs, you have him and Ward ahead of him?

I don't get the Marion Barber, Darrelle Revis and David Harris ones.. They've all shown already that they will be stud players in the league, what would they need to do to break out? Barber will never be a 1500 yard rusher, simply because the coaching staff won't allow him to get that many carries. David Harris just racked up 127 tackles this past year, so short of him going for 175 this year, i don't see a "break out" either.
Revis, can easily break out, he is right now a very good young corner, but and Aaron Ross had the same # of INTs, but Revis IS better and will do even better which will be a breakout, because he still needs to prove that he can do it more than one year.

Jacobs is almost a guarantee to be injured at some point of the season, and Derrick Ward is the 3DRB, but Ahmad is second string, so if Jacobs does get injured he can easily break out, if he doesn't then Ahmad will still put up great #s.

Say what you want about Marion Barber, but it does makes sense no matter what your opinion.

The more I think of it, you are right about David Harris, he has already "broken out" so I'll take that one back, and put a QB like Eli Manning(for the regular season) or Matt Schaub.

EDIT: Throw in Antrel Rolle too, he will move to FS where he seems to be a better fit for.
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Matt Schuab, Amobi Okoye, Fred Bennett, and Jacoby Jones are my predicted breakout players from my team.
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Rocky McIntosh - An athletic LB from the U has been solid but has yet to really stand out. With the addition of Jason Taylor it should help keep Lineman off the OLB's and give him more opportunity to make plays on blitzes.
If he stays healthy, he's poised for a pretty good year.
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Bengals CB Jonathan Joseph is going to break out in a big way this year. Zimmer's new scheme is perfect for him.
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Revis, can easily break out, he is right now a very good young corner, but and Aaron Ross had the same # of INTs, but Revis IS better and will do even better which will be a breakout, because he still needs to prove that he can do it more than one year.

Jacobs is almost a guarantee to be injured at some point of the season, and Derrick Ward is the 3DRB, but Ahmad is second string, so if Jacobs does get injured he can easily break out, if he doesn't then Ahmad will still put up great #s.

Say what you want about Marion Barber, but it does makes sense no matter what your opinion.

The more I think of it, you are right about David Harris, he has already "broken out" so I'll take that one back, and put a QB like Eli Manning(for the regular season) or Matt Schaub.

EDIT: Throw in Antrel Rolle too, he will move to FS where he seems to be a better fit for.
Right, someone that's a Giants fan is gonna try and tell me about Marion Barber

Barber has broken out already, he's a stud. He's never gonna put up "break out" stats, and i can guarantee that. The coaching staff is gonna keep his legs fresh and injury free, so he can play out his contract extension, not like the Larry Johnsons and Shaun Alexanders of the world.
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