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49ersfan_87
03-17-2009, 09:46 PM
Which player on your team (should be a relative unknown to the general public) do you think is poised to break out for next year?

For the 49ers, i'll go with WR Josh Morgan

2008 stats- 20 catches, 319 yards, 3 TDs, 16 YPC

http://www.nfl.com/players/joshmorgan/profile?id=MOR166910

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0818/nfl_g_morgan_300.jpg

Morgan was a 6th round pick from 2008. He turned a lot of heads in camp and preseason. He impressed so much that he was expected to be a starting receiver from week one. Unfortunately, his progress was impeded by a staph infection that slowed him down for a few weeks in the beginning of the season, as well as Bryant Johnsons solid play. But Morgan slowly went up the depth chart again and his breakout performance was against the Giants, catching 5 passes for 68 yards and a TD. He continued to show more flashes of brilliance as the season progressed but was hampered by injuries as well, missing 4 games in the 2nd half of the season. His highlight of the season- catching a 46 yard hail mary TD with 3 defenders around him against the rams. He took a nice lick at the end of the play too but still held onto the ball. His play has sold me on his ability and i think he can be a legit receiver.

Barring injury, he is expected to be the starting Split End next year. He has a nice combination of size and speed (6-0 219, 4.4 40), good route running, and a nice knack for getting open deep. He seems to be the type that isnt great at anything but is good at everything. He'll likely be the 49ers #1 by default and i expect good things from him in his 2nd year in the pros.

Whos your teams breakout player for 2009?

stephenson86
03-17-2009, 09:48 PM
this is a tough one to be honest because most of our returning staters have had what you would call there break out season but i would go with someone on the defensive line, erm jason jones most likely

LonghornsLegend
03-17-2009, 09:50 PM
Miles Austin - 62 catches, 1045 yards, 7 TD's


He's still a relative unknown, but chalk me up as a believer, I'd be surprised if he didn't have a really good season next year, so yes I expect these numbers, he's ready to breakout.



On a side note I see Morgan blowing up next year, 1100 yards, 10 TD's, he's a stud and I expect him to show up on the scene in a big way.

the decider13
03-17-2009, 09:53 PM
Someone who will excel in the new defensive scheme. Prime candidates are Jarvis Moss and Dummervil.

Splat
03-17-2009, 09:54 PM
For the Chiefs I would say WR Mark Bradley he was pretty much a 2nd round bust for Da Bears but we picked him up mid season and he really flashed at times.

If he can stay on the field which has been the knock on him I look for him to make plays in what should be a pass heavy offense.

SenorGato
03-17-2009, 09:54 PM
Dustin Keller or Vernon Gholston.

Or Jerricho Cotchery, who'll be huge for our young QB whoever that may be.

bored of education
03-17-2009, 09:55 PM
Glen Dorsey will be an All Pro

sbh15
03-17-2009, 09:56 PM
Someone who will excel in the new defensive scheme. Prime candidates are Jarvis Moss and Dummervil.

Jarvis "The Cockblocker" Moss? I thought he busted? Great to see he could be a breakout candidate.

For Baltimore, I'll say none other than the Scarlet Knight legend, Ray Rice!

Beans
03-17-2009, 09:56 PM
sabby piscitelli

even if he's the backup safety i dont care he's the best

GBahDunka
03-17-2009, 09:58 PM
Miles Austin - 62 catches, 1045 yards, 7 TD's


He's still a relative unknown, but chalk me up as a believer, I'd be surprised if he didn't have a really good season next year, so yes I expect these numbers, he's ready to breakout.



On a side note I see Morgan blowing up next year, 1100 yards, 10 TD's, he's a stud and I expect him to show up on the scene in a big way.

I totally agree about Miles Austin, I also look for Bennett to explode, he flashed greatness in the passing game at times.

gpngc
03-17-2009, 09:58 PM
DT Brandon Mebane

derza222
03-17-2009, 09:59 PM
I think Leon Washington has a shot to legit break out with more consistent touches I think (hope) he gets this year. I know he's a stud but he can put up way better numbers if used properly.

As someone said Keller could take the next step as well and Gholston in Ryan's scheme could be interesting. Hopefully he redeems himself next year.

As a dark horse if David Clowney gets an opportunity depending on our QB situation he could really put some pressure on defenses and put up some nice numbers. Stuckey as well but he's more of an underneath guy.

the decider13
03-17-2009, 10:02 PM
Jarvis "The Cockblocker" Moss? I thought he busted? Great to see he could be a breakout candidate.

For Baltimore, I'll say none other than the Scarlet Knight legend, Ray Rice!

It's only been like 2 years, and he spent a lot of time injured. I figured since he is undersized, and he might fit better in a 3-4.

Why exactly is he Jarvis "cockblocker" Moss?

woo hoo!! mini 500 post party!

DHVF
03-17-2009, 10:03 PM
For the Vikings I'd either have to go with our second round draft pick from 08 Tyrell Johnson or Visanthe Shiancoe(though Shiancoe really started to break through in the second half of last year, I just think he puts it all together for the entire year).

thetedginnshow
03-17-2009, 10:07 PM
Brett Ratliff!

sbh15
03-17-2009, 10:09 PM
It's only been like 2 years, and he spent a lot of time injured. I figured since he is undersized, and he might fit better in a 3-4.

Why exactly is he Jarvis "cockblocker" Moss?

woo hoo!! mini 500 post party!

He blocked three kicks against USCe in the 2006 NC season, basically saved our ass. Main one was the game winning attempt which famously went down in Gator lore as the "cockblock"

T-RICH49
03-17-2009, 10:10 PM
Will Franklin I expect to step up this year

Mr. Hero
03-17-2009, 10:10 PM
Ahmad Bradshaw stepping in for Ward as the number 2 RB, Kiwi playing DE from the get go and Kenny P just being a beast.

PalmerToCJ
03-17-2009, 10:10 PM
I'll go with Chinedum Ndukwe.

He's involved in every play. Definitely can become a big time playmaker.

Chucky
03-17-2009, 10:11 PM
I hope and think it will be Gaines Adams.

derza222
03-17-2009, 10:14 PM
I'll go with Chinedum Ndukwe.

He's involved in every play. Definitely can become a big time playmaker.

Definitely depends on who they draft too, IMO. Could be Anthony Collins if he gets an opportunity at tackle, Rivers if he gets a full year in... Chinny's awesome though. Any idea on Brandon Johnson (I think that's who I'm thinking of, if not I assume you or any other Bengals fan will know which LB I'm talking about) and what kind of role he'll play?

WMD
03-17-2009, 10:17 PM
For the Lions, I'll put my money on Cliff Avril. Put up 5 Sacks and 4 Forced Fumbles in his rookie year.. 4 of those sacks came in the last 6 weeks of the year.

tylerb929
03-17-2009, 10:21 PM
If he heals in time, Mike Hart. If not, I'll say Eric Foster, especially if the Colts can find a solid NT.

21ST
03-17-2009, 10:24 PM
It is crazy but i cant think of one redskin

Cicero
03-17-2009, 10:25 PM
Leroy Hill will finally get the respect he deserves this year.

BRAVEHEART
03-17-2009, 10:26 PM
Kevin Smith of the Lions.

http://images.sportinglife.com/08/11/330/Kevin-Smith-celeb-TD-Detroit-v-Chicago_1442354.jpg


Att Yds Avg lng TD
238 976 4.1 50 8

Mr. Hero
03-17-2009, 10:26 PM
Leroy Hill will finally get the respect he deserves this year.

He would've had he come to the giants like I wanted :p

bored of education
03-17-2009, 10:27 PM
I'll go with Chinedum Ndukwe.

He's involved in every play. Definitely can become a big time playmaker.



I thik marvin white has a breakout year. he is awesome!

Nalej
03-17-2009, 10:29 PM
Brandon Merriweather.

I think he'll be a beast. Especially if the Pats fix up there pass rush via draft or trade (Peppers?)

Strongside
03-17-2009, 10:38 PM
I like William G.ay. He's probably starting and I think he'll be great this year.

Lawrence Timmons and Mendy should be good this year to. I could see Timmons going to the pro bowl.

ccB
03-17-2009, 10:44 PM
For the Ravens, my guess would be:

http://www.blackbirdnation.com/images/Jameel53568.jpg

LB Jameel McClain

TACKLE
03-17-2009, 10:49 PM
For the Ravens, my guess would be:

http://www.blackbirdnation.com/images/Jameel53568.jpg

LB Jameel McClain

Gotta agree with this one. McClain looked really good late in the season when he got his opportunities. Definitely a disruptive force off the edge.

Nalej
03-17-2009, 10:54 PM
I also agree with the Miles Austin picks.... dudes a beast, or I think he def could be

Pb&j
03-17-2009, 10:56 PM
Jerome Harrison for the Browns. Every single time he has gotten the ball he looks like he is about to break a long one. Absolute natural runner.

Last year he had 34 attempts for 246 yards and 12 receptions for 116 yards. Every game he would get like two plays and Romeo would pull him out, even if it was obvious he was the only running back producing. It was criminal.

RaiderNation
03-17-2009, 10:58 PM
McFadden if he stays healthy, Huff is he decides to try and tackle someone

ElectricEye
03-17-2009, 10:58 PM
Gary Guyton. Depending on what we do in the draft I could see him starting and doing quite well in that role. Might be a year too early, but we'll see. I think we defiantly have something with this guy. Picked up the defense extremely quickly last year and really put that timed speed to good use. Crable could see some major time next year as well and hopefully he's learned something in the last year.

TimD
03-17-2009, 10:59 PM
New York Jets

*I'm not just focusing on relative unknowns. I picked a few players, and they may possibly be a guy who is well known but was playing really poor of late.



Lito Sheppard

He isn't an unknown at all, but I think he's going to come in and completely pick up his play. After not being traded from Philadelphia after they acquired Samuels, he seemed to play unmotivated and just poor in general. We'll see how he plays in the 3-4 system, but his play making abilities will be great due to a lot of looks he'll receive because of Revis and Rhodes. While he's our weakest secondary starter, he may put up the most interceptions. Also Jim Leonhard will be looking over his shoulder so if he'll feel comfortable and be allowed to take risks.

Vernon Gholston

Another guy who is not unknown, being a former top 10 pick. But he is definitely an unknown amongst Jets fans. I think Rex Ryan will allow him to reach his full potential. Expect to see him on the field much more this season and make an impact. Ryan and the awesome defensive coordinator and linebacker coach (whose names I can not remember) will be great for him. I think he'll push Bryan Thomas and eventually be a starter.

Brett Ratliff

He's gotten a lot of attention of late, but that's due to just being thrust into the NY spotlight due to a QB battle with Kellen Clemens. He was an undrafted free agent who has worked hard in training camp and the practice squad for a bit. This past pre season he put up the best numbers out of all QBs. If the Jets don't look QB in the first round, I think he can definitely win the starting job. He'll be asked to play a game manager and hopefully he'll have good receivers.

Im_a_Romosexual
03-17-2009, 11:03 PM
If you don't already know Orlando Scandrick, you will

GB12
03-17-2009, 11:03 PM
Honestly I don't think the Packers will have a breakout player in 2009.

GBahDunka
03-17-2009, 11:05 PM
Honestly I don't think the Packers will have a breakout player in 2009.

if i had to pick one, id say james jones

GB12
03-17-2009, 11:15 PM
if i had to pick one, id say james jones

On a team that has Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as starters there's a limit to what he can acheive. Not to mention that he also has Jordy Nelson and Ruvell Martin to compete with for catches. He did have 676 yards as a rookie, and I doubt he'll even match that.

If I was going to pick one I'd say Brandon Jackson. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry last year and looked so much better than he did his rookie year. He should have been getting more carries, but for some reason McCarthy wasn't giving him any. In week 13 vs Carolina he rushed 11 times for 80 yards. How does he get rewarded? 1 carry the rest of the season.

GBahDunka
03-17-2009, 11:24 PM
On a team that has Greg Jennings and Donald Driver as starters there's a limit to what he can acheive. Not to mention that he also has Jordy Nelson and Ruvell Martin to compete with for catches. He did have 676 yards as a rookie, and I doubt he'll even match that.

If I was going to pick one I'd say Brandon Jackson. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry last year and looked so much better than he did his rookie year. He should have been getting more carries, but for some reason McCarthy wasn't giving him any. In week 13 vs Carolina he rushed 11 times for 80 yards. How does he get rewarded? 1 carry the rest of the season.

Donald Driver is 34 and not getting any younger, Jordy Nelson looks like a pure slot receiver to me. James Jones was slowed this past season by early injuries in which he lost his place on the depth chart. I believe he can be a solid receiver for the pack

WMD
03-17-2009, 11:24 PM
Gotta agree with this one. McClain looked really good late in the season when he got his opportunities. Definitely a disruptive force off the edge.
What about Tavares Gooden??

senormysterioso
03-17-2009, 11:29 PM
Honestly I don't think the Packers will have a breakout player in 2009.

I'm going to say AJ Hawk, Justin Harrell, and maybe Brady Poppinga, I think the 3-4 is going to help them all

ccB
03-17-2009, 11:36 PM
What about Tavares Gooden??

That would be my number 2 option after McClain, whoever gets plugged into that LB core as a starter will break out.

GB12
03-17-2009, 11:37 PM
I'm going to say AJ Hawk, Justin Harrell, and maybe Brady Poppinga, I think the 3-4 is going to help them all
Poppinga won't even be a starter, Harrell has to stay on the field in order to breakout, and I expect pretty much the same AJ Hawk in the new scheme no better no worse.

SuperMcGee
03-17-2009, 11:40 PM
Please, God, let it be Trent Edwards.
McKelvin should be in a good spot to break out (or get picked on, whatever). Stevie Johnson got pushed down the depth chart, so there aren't many other options. Maybe a loooongshot in Derek Fine.

Matthew Jones
03-17-2009, 11:46 PM
For New England, I would say Maroney but he won't get as many opportunities. I think Meriweather will go to the Pro Bowl or play at a Pro Bowl level.

proshoota25
03-17-2009, 11:50 PM
For New England, I would say Maroney but he won't get as many opportunities. I think Meriweather will go to the Pro Bowl or play at a Pro Bowl level.

100% agree and i was gunna say the same thing ROP

ElectricEye
03-17-2009, 11:52 PM
Meriweather is a good one, but he kinda already broke out for me last year. Should be even better next year. I have pretty big expectations.

LonghornsLegend
03-17-2009, 11:59 PM
I totally agree about Miles Austin, I also look for Bennett to explode, he flashed greatness in the passing game at times.

Bennett is my boy :)


http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00ue9zheGU9On/340x.jpg



Tough to peg him as a breakout guy with Witten still around, but I'm sure that he is going to be utilized alot more with TO gone and he's still got alot of potential left...I have big expectations for him in the future though.

MooshooGawd
03-18-2009, 12:16 AM
The Bengals have quite a few...

Chinedum Ndukwe - SS - Likely the most underpaid player in the NFL. Everyone in Cincy loves "the duke", but I've got a feeling that more people will be impressed by him in 2009. He's a brutal hitter that seems to make 2-3 big game changing plays per game.

Anthony Collins - LT - If the Bengals pass on a LT in Round 1, it's because of how well Anthony Collins performed when given Levi Jones' starting spot towards the end of last season.

Also, Pat Sims. The guy was spectacular when he was finally given a chance. Watch out for him, especially if they draft B.J Raji.

d34ng3l021
03-18-2009, 12:42 AM
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07OB6OCgYB5tk/610x.jpg

After being a considered a bust after his first 3 seasons in the NFL because of all the dropped passes, Michael Jenkins finally shed that label and became a solid #2 option for Matt Ryan, especially at the end of the season. He had 50 receptions for 777 yards over the course of the season, but in the last 9 games, he had 520 yards (over a 16 game season, thats 920 yards). He and Matt Ryan really developed a chemistry together and I expect them to continue to take advantage of White's ability to draw double coverages. My predictions for next year are as follows: 68 catches for 980 yards and 7 TDs.

SenorGato
03-18-2009, 12:52 AM
For the Lions, I'll put my money on Cliff Avril. Put up 5 Sacks and 4 Forced Fumbles in his rookie year.. 4 of those sacks came in the last 6 weeks of the year.

^^ one of my favorite players from 2008's draft. I have no idea how he fell to the 3rd.

Flyboy
03-18-2009, 12:53 AM
Tracy f'n Porter.

SenorGato
03-18-2009, 12:58 AM
Tavares Gooden...Antwan Barnes...Prescott Burgess...McClain...the Ravens = loaded at LBer.

GBahDunka
03-18-2009, 01:00 AM
Tavares Gooden...Antwan Barnes...Prescott Burgess...McClain...the Ravens = loaded at LBer.

out of all of them i hope bergess emerges.

Thumper
03-18-2009, 01:01 AM
Brent Celek TE- He was a man on fire in the playoffs and he was the 2nd most productive receiver in the playoffs after Fitz. I think he will enter the next season and continue to play at a high level. (19 catches 151 yards and 3 TDs in the playoffs -3 games-).

Quinten Demps FS- The obvious pick. He is replacing Dawkins so he better have a breakout year or Philly will eat him alive.

Victor Abiamiri DE- has a shot at winning the starting LE spot and he caught some fire at the end of the year and he looks like a good all around LE who complements Trent Cole nicely.

Chris Clemons DE- The man was playing at a pro-bowl level during the last 4 games of the season and the playoffs and I hope that he can carry the momentum into next season. Plus he will know the system better. He was amazing in the Dallas game (ala The Beat Down at Linc)

LonghornsLegend
03-18-2009, 01:04 AM
I also wouldn't be surprised to see Brandon London emerge in Miami's WR core...He's the big WR that they don't have and the dude has talent, if he gets more opportunities especially for some jump balls in the red zone he could make a name for himself...I think he cracks their starting lineup sooner then later though.

Haralson98
03-18-2009, 01:10 AM
I'm going to go with Josh Morgan and/or Tarrell Brown.

CashmoneyDrew
03-18-2009, 01:20 AM
I'm hoping any or all of the following for the Titans....
-William Hayes
-Jason Jones
-Kevin Vickerson
-Stephen Tulloch
-LeRoy Harris
-Craig Stevens
-Lavelle Hawkins
-Paul Williams

CantStopGregJones
03-18-2009, 01:20 AM
Cleveland Browns: hmm hahahahahahahahahaha. Okay sorry I'm done laughing at the fact we might have a breakout player now. Its just such a hilarious idea. We're pathetic and no one under 7 years experience or 30 years of age ever gets a chance to start in Cleveland. The Browns are where draftees go to bust and where veterans go to get staph infection. We'll never have a breakout player. God I hope we trade Alex Hall to Pittsburgh or Baltimore where he can be a stud because he has the ability to be one...just not going to happen in Cleveland.

TitanHope
03-18-2009, 01:25 AM
Favorite: Jason Jones, who will be taking over for Haynesworth in the starting rotation. I made a post about him in the Titans forum:

Jason Jones
6'5 1/4
275 lbs
13 games/3 starts: 31 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

Tied for 1st place in sacks among rookies with pass-rush specialists Cliff Avril and Trevor Scott, despite playing in fewer games and playing with an injury. Ranked 3rd among rookies with 3 forced fumbles too. He really had a spectacular rookie year.

I'm predicting a Justin Tuck role for him this year after the loss of Hayesworth. We all know when Fat Al would split out at LE while KVB moved inside to DT. It was very effective. Plus, sometimes Al would drop into a zone coverage, whether in the flats or whatever. It'd confuse the hell out of the offensive lines and QB.

Jason Jones has that versatility. Hell, he was profiled as a DE by Scott when he was entering the Draft. You guys remember the Pittsburgh game? The game when both Fat Al and KVB had to sit out? J.J. raped! He doesn't play like a normal DT. He's long and quick, and doesn't bull rush. He'll pull a spin move or run around a guy as a DE would an OT. I mean he looked like a freakin' OLB at times. 1 sack was when he was double-teamed. 1 sack was from an end-tackle twist, where Jacob Ford went inside and J.J. went outside from their spots. J.J. took the long way, and still sacked Big Ben and forced a fumble. Highlights of it can be seen here!

He's not gonna replace Haynesworth. No one can. But it will be fun to see what Wash and Chuck Cecil do in order to bring pressure. Our DL is rather spectacular. We have a great system. Haynesworth excelled in our system, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in Washington. Meanwhile, we still have an above average DT group. Jason Jones will be a part of that. Plus, the Titans have arguably the best secondary in the NFL. 3 Pro Bowlers in Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin, and the Chris Hope (<3). I think Nick Harper is vastly under-rated; he's a sure tackler and great zone CB. The front office also brought back Vincent Fuller. Vinny is smart as hell, and is a CB/S tweener. Nevertheless, he's 6'1, 190, tips balls, and intercepts them for TD's (2 INT return for TD's in '07).

I'm ranting now. Anyway, J.J. may have the biggest role on the DL next season, and I'm excited. He's very much comparable to Jaron Gilbert, who's in this year's draft class. Look for the Lions to go after him with their 2nd RD pick.

So, discuss J.J. in this thread, and if you're a little aroused after reading this, don't worry - it's only natural.

Dark Horse: William Hayes, DE. Last season he saw playing time at DE, but he's crazy athletic - played OLB, DE, and DT in college. 6'3, 270+ lbs, long arms, and should be deployed more in an effort to increase pass-rush. He'll be in rotation at both end spots, and depending on what Chuck Cecil wants to do, maybe even some time at DT. Last season, Jacob Ford broke out with 6 sacks in situational duty. Hopefully, HayezZz can do the same.

Out there pick, cuz I'm a man!: Rafael Little, KR. UDFA who was hurt all last season. May be able to win a roster spot and take over returning duties after Chris Carr left in FA.

LonghornsLegend
03-18-2009, 01:26 AM
-Lavelle Hawkins


Hawkins can straight up ball, I don't know if he's really focused or what but I'd put my money on him being the guy...I saw him in the pre-season game vs Oakland when he had 2 catches, 70 yards and a TD, and I expected alot more production this past year but that could be due to the offense.

Every time I saw him though he usually made some clutch catches, always shows off good foot work staying in bounds and sure hands, I think he has some big play ability though that should seperate him from some of those guys in that bunch.

vidae
03-18-2009, 01:31 AM
Every year I think DJ is going to have his breakout year and every year I'm underwhelmed.

For this year I'll say Glenn Dorsey. If they use him right I see him being the disruptor he was drafted to be.

Oh, and Derrick Johnson :D

Malaka
03-18-2009, 05:46 AM
For the Giants its pretty much...

-S Kenny Phillips going to finally start the full year.
-RB Ahmad Bradshaw will pick up all the carries Ward left for him and be twice what Ward was.
- WR Domenik Hixon I might still be the only one on the bandwagon but this kid showed some flashes I still like him, as maybe a great #2 I don't think a playmaking #1 anymore.

wicket
03-18-2009, 05:52 AM
Tracy Porter, Adrian Arrington and Pierre Thomas for the saints

M.O.T.H.
03-18-2009, 06:13 AM
Miles Austin - 62 catches, 1045 yards, 7 TD's


He's still a relative unknown, but chalk me up as a believer, I'd be surprised if he didn't have a really good season next year, so yes I expect these numbers, he's ready to breakout.



On a side note I see Morgan blowing up next year, 1100 yards, 10 TD's, he's a stud and I expect him to show up on the scene in a big way.

Setting the bar really high for Miles there...and if what Jerry is hinting at is any indicator. It seems like that starting job could go to Austin, Crayton, or yes, Sam Hurd. I agree that Miles or Sam should be our break out player this season...but again, I wouldnt write off Hurd if I were you. Miles has the inside track at the job but, nothing is guranteed here. If I had to guess right now, I'd say Austin will be the guy but, I doubt he'd put up close to 1,000 yards. We should be looking at an increased involvment from Felix Jones and Martellus Bennett in the passing game. The T.O. departure enables Garrett to open up that playbook a little more. That ball should be spread around quite a lot and the running game should be more of a focus.

ZOMGitsjosh
03-18-2009, 06:14 AM
Taylor Hilee, CJ Wilson, or Charles Johnson.

BlindSite
03-18-2009, 07:01 AM
Which player on your team (should be a relative unknown to the general public) do you think is poised to break out for next year?

For the 49ers, i'll go with WR Josh Morgan

2008 stats- 20 catches, 319 yards, 3 TDs, 16 YPC

http://www.nfl.com/players/joshmorgan/profile?id=MOR166910

*pic*

Morgan was a 6th round pick from 2008. He turned a lot of heads in camp and preseason. He impressed so much that he was expected to be a starting receiver from week one. Unfortunately, his progress was impeded by a staph infection that slowed him down for a few weeks in the beginning of the season, as well as Bryant Johnsons solid play. But Morgan slowly went up the depth chart again and his breakout performance was against the Giants, catching 5 passes for 68 yards and a TD. He continued to show more flashes of brilliance as the season progressed but was hampered by injuries as well, missing 4 games in the 2nd half of the season. His highlight of the season- catching a 46 yard hail mary TD with 3 defenders around him against the rams. He took a nice lick at the end of the play too but still held onto the ball. His play has sold me on his ability and i think he can be a legit receiver.

Barring injury, he is expected to be the starting Split End next year. He has a nice combination of size and speed (6-0 219, 4.4 40), good route running, and a nice knack for getting open deep. He seems to be the type that isnt great at anything but is good at everything. He'll likely be the 49ers #1 by default and i expect good things from him in his 2nd year in the pros.

Whos your teams breakout player for 2009?

Miles Austin - 62 catches, 1045 yards, 7 TD's


He's still a relative unknown, but chalk me up as a believer, I'd be surprised if he didn't have a really good season next year, so yes I expect these numbers, he's ready to breakout.



On a side note I see Morgan blowing up next year, 1100 yards, 10 TD's, he's a stud and I expect him to show up on the scene in a big way.

I remember writing about both these dudes on more than one occasion last year when i did those weekly review write-ups. I really liked what I saw from Austin (we get a lot of NFC East games in AUS) and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of his play is what pushed the staff to view TO as more of an expendable commodity than they otherwise would have.

Taylor Hilee, CJ Wilson, or Charles Johnson.

I like Hilee Taylor, he was only able to play in certain situations but he showed some good quickness off the edge, his size though 6-2 250 odd pounds is going to be a huge limitation for a defensive end. I think he'll end up switching into more of a rush backer role, but I don't think he'll break out this early in his career.

Charles Johnson I like, especially if Peppers leaves, while I don't think he can equal or even come close to equaling what Peppers was for us, I like that he had 6 sacks and 7 pass defensed as a back up splitting time with Tyler Brayton. He's got his weight and strength up too which will no doubt aid him in pushing for time.


My choice:
Dante Rosario, he's shown he can catch, block and when the game is on the line make the tough catch. I wish he'd get a better grasp of the offense and I also wish Davidson would design some more specific plays to his skill set because I think he can become a weapon for us, Jeff King's a solid blocker, but he won't ever be a real receiving threat.

D-Rod
03-18-2009, 07:15 AM
For the Falcons, Stephen Nicholas should get an opportunity to start, and has hinted in limited playing time that he can be a very explosive linebacker.

On a slightly higher level of recognition, I expect Jon Babineaux to become more widely recognised as an upper-echelon UT.

Yatta!
03-18-2009, 07:22 AM
I think Jermichael Finley will break out for the Packers. He started to show flashes at late last year and was a lot more involved in the offense. He could end up as our starting TE by the end of the season.

Someone is likely to break out because of the 3-4 switch as well, maybe AJ Hawk but I'm not so sure. I don't see an obvious candidate.

A Perfect Score
03-18-2009, 07:29 AM
Some non-Lber picks for the Ravens...


I would love to see Demetrius Williams come back from his injury strong and really give Flacco that speedster in the slot...he has shown flashes before, and I keep picking him to break out, and eventually he will I know it!

On defense, I can see Fabian Washington really stepping up with Cmac out of the picture and becoming the #1 CB everyone thought he could be at one point in his career.

irishbucsfan
03-18-2009, 07:37 AM
Aqib Talib will take big steps towards the absolute stud he can be. I think he'll be scary good this year - at least 2 defensive TDs.

Bate's system will help Gaines Adams put up big numbers, especially if we beef up our DTs a bit.

And pending how the draft goes, I think Clayton will have a 'break-back' year, since Jag's offense will spread the ball around more than Gruden's did.

DiG
03-18-2009, 07:37 AM
Who I want to break out:
Colt Brennan, QB
http://wai.redskins.com/redskinsFile/players/images/17317.jpg


Who I THINK will break out:
Devin Thomas, WR
2008: 15 rec, 120 yds 0 td
2009 projection: 55 rec 650 yds 6 td
http://wai.redskins.com/redskinsFile/players/images/17556.jpg

thenewfeature06
03-18-2009, 07:38 AM
Tyvon Branch for OAK maybe we can get a look at him at safety now that we released Gibril Wilson

lionsfan81
03-18-2009, 07:44 AM
http://www.squibkick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/calvin-johnson-end-around.jpg

Breaking out so the rest of the league takes notice. He got robbed of a pro bowl year because he played for the worst team in NFL history. The guy gets his credit this year though.

NY+Giants=NYG
03-18-2009, 08:31 AM
A.Bradshaw will do well now that Ward is gone.

wonderbredd24
03-18-2009, 08:44 AM
D'Qwell Jackson, ILB Cleveland Browns

jj45
03-18-2009, 09:04 AM
Im gonna say Kyle orton if we add another reciever he can put up some real numbers.

Craig Sleltz FS
Idk this kid seems like playmaker waiting for that shot, he looks good not great numbers but enough for him to get noticed

M.O.T.H.
03-18-2009, 09:31 AM
http://www.squibkick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/calvin-johnson-end-around.jpg

Breaking out so the rest of the league takes notice. He got robbed of a pro bowl year because he played for the worst team in NFL history. The guy gets his credit this year though.

Damn I love those jerseys...they make even the crappiest of player look bad ass. Obviously, that isnt the case right there, though.

RAVENS/WIZARDS/ORIOLES
03-18-2009, 09:36 AM
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/J_Flacco_081123_QT.jpg

keylime_5
03-18-2009, 09:42 AM
brady quinn. hopefully our #5 pick too.

thule
03-18-2009, 11:47 AM
Martellus Bennett is my pick right now...TO is gone and he should see the field a bit more with Curtis gone. He contributed more and more every week...I think he went 3 weeks in a row with a TD catch...he is going to be a red zone freak this year.

coordinator0
03-18-2009, 11:58 AM
Interesting. I think the Ravens breakout player could be...

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PHO/AAGR240~Mark-Clayton-05-06-Running-Action-Posters.jpg

That's Mark Clayton by the way lol.

d34ng3l021
03-18-2009, 12:00 PM
http://www.squibkick.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/calvin-johnson-end-around.jpg

Breaking out so the rest of the league takes notice. He got robbed of a pro bowl year because he played for the worst team in NFL history. The guy gets his credit this year though.

The dude had like 1200-1300 yards and 12 TDs. I think the rest of the league has taken notice. The Pro Bowl is a joke anyway.

PalmerToCJ
03-18-2009, 12:08 PM
Definitely depends on who they draft too, IMO. Could be Anthony Collins if he gets an opportunity at tackle, Rivers if he gets a full year in... Chinny's awesome though. Any idea on Brandon Johnson (I think that's who I'm thinking of, if not I assume you or any other Bengals fan will know which LB I'm talking about) and what kind of role he'll play?

Johnson played really well last year. The thing that sucks is he's a WLB. I'm hoping they try to move him to SLB this year, the guy has to be on the field he made plays happen. That's part of why our defense kept playing well even when Rivers was out.

Pat Sims, Marvin White and Anthony Collins are also options but I think Ndukwe has pro bowl type talent.

Brodeur
03-18-2009, 12:10 PM
Interesting. I think the Ravens breakout player could be...

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PHO/AAGR240~Mark-Clayton-05-06-Running-Action-Posters.jpg

That's Mark Clayton by the way lol.

Is it 2006 or 2007 again?

PoopSandwich
03-18-2009, 12:12 PM
What I think - Braylon Edwards reverts to 2007 form, has a re-break out season.

What I hope - Jerome Harrison gets enough time and has a Darren Sproles like impact.

scar988
03-18-2009, 12:14 PM
my prediction:
1 - Chevis Jackson starts and is a good all around CB.
2 - Jamaal Anderson gets 8-10 sacks.

derza222
03-18-2009, 12:18 PM
Johnson played really well last year. The thing that sucks is he's a WLB. I'm hoping they try to move him to SLB this year, the guy has to be on the field he made plays happen. That's part of why our defense kept playing well even when Rivers was out.

Pat Sims, Marvin White and Anthony Collins are also options but I think Ndukwe has pro bowl type talent.

Johnson and Rivers would be a damn nice OLB tandem, hopefully they give that a shot this year at SLB as you said.

coordinator0
03-18-2009, 12:19 PM
Is it 2006 or 2007 again?

What do you mean by that lol?

We actually have a QB that can get him the ball and he showed flashes last year, and I wanted to go somewhere different than one of the LB's.

Xenos
03-18-2009, 12:58 PM
Eric Weddle

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0220/nfl_g_weddle_580.jpg
Last year was his first year starting. Plus he had to do it without a Shawne Merriman and an incompetent safety in Hart. I hoping the latter gets cut and replaced with something more competent. He led the team in tackles last year as well.


Buster Davis
http://cfx.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/cfx/craig_davis_conference%20.jpg
He either does well this year or he gets cut.

SeanTaylorRIP
03-18-2009, 01:20 PM
For the Redskins Rocky McIntosh if he can stay healthy can be a pro bowler. Also now being starter I think Chris Horton can sustain a whole season at an extremely high level. Also watch out for Devin Thomas, many have written him off after just one year but has some great tools and just needs refinement and has been working out with Santana. I truly hope he can develop into a #2 so we can move Randle El into the slot. Malcolm Kelly however is bust city. His knees are like Chinaware.

Brodeur
03-18-2009, 01:22 PM
What do you mean by that lol?

We actually have a QB that can get him the ball and he showed flashes last year, and I wanted to go somewhere different than one of the LB's.

Even still, people have been waiting for him to breakout fully for the last 2 seasons now after a very solid 2nd season, but it just hasn't happened. At this point I just don't see him moving past his current position of very good deep threat/solid at best number 2 receiver.

I KNOW IT ALL
03-18-2009, 01:27 PM
my prediction:
1 - Chevis Jackson starts and is a good all around CB.
2 - Jamaal Anderson gets 8-10 sacks.

Anderson is in danger of getting cut isn't he?

E-Man
03-18-2009, 01:32 PM
Martellus Bennett is my pick right now...TO is gone and he should see the field a bit more with Curtis gone. He contributed more and more every week...I think he went 3 weeks in a row with a TD catch...he is going to be a red zone freak this year.

Amen brother. I'm extremely excited about his progression to come.

Another breakout would be either Jenkins or Scandrick. One of them will push greatness next season. Scandrick seems to be the early favorite, but Jenkins shouldn't be counted out.

Brent
03-18-2009, 01:40 PM
I know our thread starter said Josh but I disagree, I think it'll finally be Vernon:

http://www.sf49ers.com/photos/images/2007_49ers_game_photos/49ers-cardinals/vernondavisslideshow.jpg

scar988
03-18-2009, 01:58 PM
Anderson is in danger of getting cut isn't he?

not even close to true.

d34ng3l021
03-18-2009, 02:04 PM
not even close to true.

There were some reports early in the offseason that he will either be moved to DT or cut. They have died down a bit, but his job isnt the as secure as an 8th overall pick should be in his 3rd year.

cunit2k9
03-18-2009, 02:14 PM
Leonidas McKelvin

ATLDirtyBirds
03-18-2009, 02:24 PM
Michael Jenkins was a good pick by deangelo. Chevis Jackson as well. Impressive as a nickel corner last season. Stephen Nicholas is one to keep an eye on if he is a starting OLB (should be). He's been a great backup thus far.

My pick though, is Jonathan Babineaux. He was a damn good DT last year, and I think he's going to become a very good one. He just needs some more consistency. He was always around the QB, and that's going to translate into better sack numbers this year. If only we can get a competent LDE.

http://www.o2designz.com/forum/uploads/U173-1237404180.jpg

D-Unit
03-18-2009, 02:41 PM
TE Martellus Bennett for the Cowboys. With TO gone, Witten will attract the extra coverage his way, leaving Bennett with more targets. He's oozing with athletic talent and is already a bad ass blocker.

bantx
03-18-2009, 02:45 PM
Antoine Cason

eaglesalltheway
03-18-2009, 02:58 PM
Last year I said Broderick Bunkley, Stewart Bradley, and Quentin Mikell...

This year I'll say Victor Abiamiri, who will win the starting LE spot. He may not put up incredible sack numbers, but watch and you will see he will be great. He will hold back the opponenets run game and will be able to make some plays in the backfield. He was showing his improvement as a pass rusher last season, so keep an eye out for him...

Also, I'll say Chris Gocong, our SLB who has been bashed by Eagles fans, for whatever reason, I don't know. He has already developed into an almost impenetrable force in the running game. This season he continues his progresseion and will develop into a more rounded LB.

I can't really say anyone on offense. (I'm assuming DeSean Jackson doesn't count) I'd say Max Jean-Gilles if he gets the chance to start, but its difficult for some people to accept a Guard being a breakout player.

eaglesalltheway
03-18-2009, 03:02 PM
If you don't already know Orlando Scandrick, you will

Gotta agree with this one, I think he will be a very good CB for you guys...

JRTPlaya21
03-18-2009, 03:05 PM
Devin Thomas. If he doesn't breakout then he may be headed out the door.

Young Legend
03-18-2009, 03:10 PM
Zach Miller IMO easily a top 10 TE already but will be a top 5 after this season.

eaglesalltheway
03-18-2009, 03:11 PM
Brent Celek TE- He was a man on fire in the playoffs and he was the 2nd most productive receiver in the playoffs after Fitz. I think he will enter the next season and continue to play at a high level. (19 catches 151 yards and 3 TDs in the playoffs -3 games-).

Quinten Demps FS- The obvious pick. He is replacing Dawkins so he better have a breakout year or Philly will eat him alive.

Victor Abiamiri DE- has a shot at winning the starting LE spot and he caught some fire at the end of the year and he looks like a good all around LE who complements Trent Cole nicely.

Chris Clemons DE- The man was playing at a pro-bowl level during the last 4 games of the season and the playoffs and I hope that he can carry the momentum into next season. Plus he will know the system better. He was amazing in the Dallas game (ala The Beat Down at Linc)

Can't beleive I forgot about Celek, if the team gives him the opportunity to be the #1 TE, he will explode as well.

Demps is in a battle for a starting spot, if he wins it, I expect big things from him as well.

Obviously I agree on Abiamiri, I think the dude will be a great, great LE.

Its hard for me to say with Clemons, since he will not be a starter, but I think he will be a great contributor on our defense...

GB12
03-18-2009, 03:17 PM
I think Jermichael Finley will break out for the Packers. He started to show flashes at late last year and was a lot more involved in the offense. He could end up as our starting TE by the end of the season.

Someone is likely to break out because of the 3-4 switch as well, maybe AJ Hawk but I'm not so sure. I don't see an obvious candidate.
Wow I feel like a moron. Totally forgot about Finley. There's our breakout player next year for sure. He's going to be beastly.

GaMeTiMe
03-18-2009, 04:08 PM
Last year I said Broderick Bunkley, Stewart Bradley, and Quentin Mikell...

This year I'll say Victor Abiamiri, who will win the starting LE spot. He may not put up incredible sack numbers, but watch and you will see he will be great. He will hold back the opponenets run game and will be able to make some plays in the backfield. He was showing his improvement as a pass rusher last season, so keep an eye out for him...

Also, I'll say Chris Gocong, our SLB who has been bashed by Eagles fans, for whatever reason, I don't know. He has already developed into an almost impenetrable force in the running game. This season he continues his progresseion and will develop into a more rounded LB.

I can't really say anyone on offense. (I'm assuming DeSean Jackson doesn't count) I'd say Max Jean-Gilles if he gets the chance to start, but its difficult for some people to accept a Guard being a breakout player.

I want to agree with Abiamiri, but only because it's a best case scenario for the team..I really hope he can hold up and do it though.

Gocong I like this year too, I think he's going to be angling for a pretty large contract with a 3-4 team once he's done here, he'd look good maybe in Kansas City as a ILB/OLB in that defense.


You might as well go with Celek, I'm not sure if the general public knows his name after the NFC Championship but he's the obvious breakout candidate for us this year. Honorable mention to Joselio Hansen, who honestly could earn himself a starting job with this team for the 2010 season if we decide we want to deal Sheldon Brown by then.

HawkEye30
03-18-2009, 04:13 PM
lawrence jackson lol...... hopefully
possibly josh wilson if he gets to start

Rjspartan
03-18-2009, 04:16 PM
i think Richard Marshall now that Lucas is gone

GBahDunka
03-18-2009, 04:46 PM
Wow I feel like a moron. Totally forgot about Finley. There's our breakout player next year for sure. He's going to be beastly.

if he learns how to holdon to the ball.

He got a few looks he totally messed up this year.

fenikz
03-18-2009, 04:56 PM
Calais Campbell, with Smith gone he will get more playing time, and he looked great when he played last year

BlindSite
03-18-2009, 05:15 PM
I know our thread starter said Josh but I disagree, I think it'll finally be Vernon:



I love VD's potential and if any coach is going to bring it out in him it's Singletary, but this guy is a perennial break out candidate who fails. I hope i'm wrong for SF's sake though.

LonghornsLegend
03-18-2009, 05:33 PM
if he learns how to holdon to the ball.

He got a few looks he totally messed up this year.

Finley will be a beast it's only a matter of time, alot of people don't know what type of talent he is at TE, this past year was a learning experience but he could really blow up once it all starts to click...He came out as a RS-Soph, I wasn't expecting much from last year either way.

katnip
03-18-2009, 05:38 PM
I want Gholston to come out his work out warrior name.. If he lives up to his potential.. Oh boy!

BlindSite
03-18-2009, 05:40 PM
Finley has the size he's 6-5 and around 250, he's still only 21 but he's probably going to need another year before he's starting calibre.

DJC
03-18-2009, 05:41 PM
Sabby Piscitelli. Playmaker. Should get the chance to start with Phillips moving to LB. Could compliment to Tanard.
http://www.buccaneers.com/media/photos/misc/081228_piscitelli_1.jpg

Aqib Talib. Didn't play much last year, but in the time he was in the game he got 4 interceptions and 9 pass deflections. He could be the #1 CB with PBuc gone and Ronde declining. I wouldn't be surprised with something like 8 interceptions and only one TD given up.
http://www.buccaneers.com/media/photos/misc/Talib08_24_08_1_b.jpg

Other possibilities:
Luke McCown. Will get the starting job barring any more moves before the season. Has all the arm, athleticism, and intelligence to be successful. His faults are correctable, like holding onto the ball too long. Just needs to put it all together.

Michael Clayton. He'll likely be starting opposite of Antonio Bryant. He'll be out of Gruden's doghouse and hopefully will regain some of his rookie season success. He'll have less pressure on him with Bryant, K2, and the running game drawing most of the attention from the defense.

Quincy Black / Geno Hayes / Adam Hayward. This became less likely today with Phillips possibly moving to SLB and the signing of Crowell. If healthy, Crowell will hold down one of the starting spots with Ruud. If the Flip experience fails at LB, then it's an open competition. Quincy has the best chance, with Hayes likely not ready to start yet and Hayward more suited to be a back-up.

Dre Moore. Cut last year before the season, but stayed on the practice squad for the year. Has plenty of talent, but just needs to get motivated. He was re-signed at the end of the year so maybe he showed the coaching staff something. With the weak depth at DT, if he gets it together he could see significant time. Likely another year or two away still, if anything.

Elbert Mack. Undrafted rookie from last season. Played very well in the preseason, but didn't get much burn after that. Raheem seems to be very high on him, and he could be the reason we didn't push too hard to bring PBuc or any other FA CB in. Should be our Nickel back, pending the draft.

Outside shots: Clifton Smith (at RB), WR Mo Stovall/Brian Clark/Kelly Campbell/Cortez Hankton/Paris Warren/Dexter Jackson (one of them has to be legit, right?), Jeremy Zuttah, Jimmy Wilkerson, and Greg Peterson.

Not that I've named pretty much every young player on our team..

/homerism

M.O.T.H.
03-18-2009, 05:57 PM
TE Martellus Bennett for the Cowboys. With TO gone, Witten will attract the extra coverage his way, leaving Bennett with more targets. He's oozing with athletic talent and is already a bad ass blocker.

He's also bound to be lining up at some WR this year. We didnt see much last year but, with no T.O., a whole lot of things can happen with the versatile players we have. Felix and Martellus give us a lot to work with.

Caddy
03-18-2009, 06:03 PM
I think Aqib Talib is going to have a great season this year as our #1 CB.

scar988
03-18-2009, 06:38 PM
There were some reports early in the offseason that he will either be moved to DT or cut. They have died down a bit, but his job isnt the as secure as an 8th overall pick should be in his 3rd year.

yeah but worst case is he plays run downs at LE.

scar988
03-18-2009, 06:39 PM
Michael Jenkins was a good pick by deangelo. Chevis Jackson as well. Impressive as a nickel corner last season. Stephen Nicholas is one to keep an eye on if he is a starting OLB (should be). He's been a great backup thus far.

My pick though, is Jonathan Babineaux. He was a damn good DT last year, and I think he's going to become a very good one. He just needs some more consistency. He was always around the QB, and that's going to translate into better sack numbers this year. If only we can get a competent LDE.

http://www.o2designz.com/forum/uploads/U173-1237404180.jpg

Babineaux already broke out IMO.

BeerBaron
03-18-2009, 06:42 PM
For the Bears in my mind:

Devin Hester - As a wideout of course. It'll be his 3rd year the position which is the one most receivers break out. 3 years in the same system, consistency at QB for the first time in a long time, Forte in the run game to keep defenders on their toes.......I expect some big things out of Hester. The one thing that could hold him back is Orton's lack of accuracy on the deep ball.

Greg Olsen - Guys a beast and has looked great with everything he's been asked to do to date. If we can find another recevier to open up the middle of the field, Olsen could be beastly.

OneToughGame
03-18-2009, 06:54 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/3001458204_9cc6de4682.jpg

GBahDunka
03-18-2009, 06:55 PM
Finley will be a beast it's only a matter of time, alot of people don't know what type of talent he is at TE, this past year was a learning experience but he could really blow up once it all starts to click...He came out as a RS-Soph, I wasn't expecting much from last year either way.

I did and still think he's an idiot for coming out so early. He's loaded with talent for sure and has skills like a wideout. I'm sure he'll be successful but not just yet

ATLDirtyBirds
03-18-2009, 07:15 PM
Babineaux already broke out IMO.

The OP said "Which player on your team (should be a relative unknown to the general public) do you think is poised to break out for next year?"


I was basing that more on the fact that he is going to become on of the better UTs and get some more public recognition for it.

WAREhouse
03-18-2009, 07:20 PM
Mike Jenkins .Statistically, he had a good year, but he didn't get challenged enough as a nickel guy to have truly had his worth gauged. As the season went on, however, he did play well when challenged. Now that Anthony Henry is not around anymore, I see great things coming from Mike Jenkins. This is a 6'2 corner with fluid hips and 4.37 speed and ball skills out there. To expect him to man down his side of the field with Terrence Newman on his opposite side, is not unreasonable. He will be tested often, but I expect him to do well when tested, considering he has all the skills required, and played well in 08..


Also, to note, our other rookie corner, Orlando Scandrick probably outplayed JEnkins for most of the season last year, so don't be surprised if this speed y (4.32 40 yard dash) makes big strides as the nickel corner,

M.O.T.H.
03-18-2009, 07:27 PM
Mike Jenkins is about 5'10. Closer to 5'11 but, he was 5'10 at the combine last year. The guy is still going to be a great player though, regardless. He was my favorite corner in the draft last year and my ideal corner for us. I love Jenkins. I'm still ecstatic about last seasons draft. I remember telling everybody my ideal 1st round would consist of us taking Jones and Jenkins and when that happened, I was a very happy camper. :D Two of my favorite prospects.

rockio42
03-18-2009, 07:34 PM
Hopefully one of the Rams first round DL, Chris Long and/or Adam Carriker, break out because that would be a huge step at updating and solidifying our defense

Rob S
03-18-2009, 07:39 PM
Leodis should be nasty this year....once he got used to the NFL game, he was pretty awesome and with an entire offseason and training camp to improve even more, I think he might have an outside chance at a Pro Bowl should our pass rush improve (A big reason I say this is that TO should actually attract votes for all Bills because of the publicity, night games, etc. Plus his return ability wont hurt)

The Unseen
03-18-2009, 07:55 PM
Mike Walker should be a starting WR. Expect him to do well. Not Pro-Bowl numbers, but well.

P-L
03-18-2009, 07:56 PM
I'll agree with WMD's pick of Cliff Avril.

CC.SD
03-18-2009, 08:04 PM
Vincent Jackson again. Frankly 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns is underachieving for a 6'5 240 4.4 guy, but he seems to be coming into his own.

j05son
03-18-2009, 08:07 PM
Cleveland Browns: hmm hahahahahahahahahaha. Okay sorry I'm done laughing at the fact we might have a breakout player now. Its just such a hilarious idea. We're pathetic and no one under 7 years experience or 30 years of age ever gets a chance to start in Cleveland. The Browns are where draftees go to bust and where veterans go to get staph infection. We'll never have a breakout player. God I hope we trade Alex Hall to Pittsburgh or Baltimore where he can be a stud because he has the ability to be one...just not going to happen in Cleveland.

Then stop being a Cleveland fan. That's absolutely ridiculous to say as a fan.

Quinn at QB, Harrison at HB if he gets more carries, whoever our 2nd WR is, Heiden or Royal at TE, a healthy Williams at DE, Hall if he gets the starting SAM job or even McDonald at CB [if he starts] could all be possibilities...

Also, Frye, Anderson, Quinn, Edwards, Winslow, Wright, McDonald, etc. Yeah, no one under 7 yrs exp or under 30 years of age starts.

You're easily the worst Browns poster; can you stop trolling or start thinking of something intelligent to post?

CC.SD
03-18-2009, 08:22 PM
Zach Miller IMO easily a top 10 TE already but will be a top 5 after this season.

Not to be the hater in the house and I love his numbers but I don't know how reliable they are given how awful Oakland's WRs and offense in general were. I'd say

Gates
Gonzo
Witten
Winslow
Cooley
Clark
Miller (Heath)

are tough to dispute.


and proceed to place Miller slightly above/in the same pack as guys like Shockey, Scheffler, the ghost of Alge Crumpler, even Keller and G-Reg who look pretty slick, and that's not accounting for weirdos who might break out like Vernon Davis and LJ Smith.

That's just one person's opinion though.

Smokey Joe
03-18-2009, 08:33 PM
I'd take Greg Olsen over Zach Miller anyday of the week.

BufFan71
03-18-2009, 08:41 PM
My breakout for the Buffalo Bills:

Ashton Youboty
Steve Johnson

GB12
03-18-2009, 08:53 PM
if he learns how to holdon to the ball.

He got a few looks he totally messed up this year.
He looked terrible for most of the season. That was expected though. He was taken as a project pick with high potential.

At the end of the season he started to put it together though. With a year of experience and a full NFL offseason he'll be a nice addition to our offence in 2009.

Menardo75
03-18-2009, 08:58 PM
I'm gonna list another possible breakout guy for the 49ers, that might be hard to track. Chilo Rachal got better every game last year, and was dominate at times. He has big time pro bowl potential if he keeps improving at the rate he is.

21ST
03-18-2009, 10:12 PM
ok i got one Kareem Moore

Shiver
03-18-2009, 10:13 PM
Chris Houston made tremendous strides last year, but was still inconsistent. I think this is the year he takes the leap.

SimonRath
03-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Stephen Nicholas for the Falcons

OzTitan
03-18-2009, 10:31 PM
I think for the Titans the most improved player will likely come from WR or the DL. interior OL is hard to really "breakout" in and without an unforseen injury I don't see much emmerging from RB, LB and DB. VY could at QB but it's a fairly long shot he'll even get much of a chance this season.

I'm not sure he'll be *the* breakout player for the Titans, but I wouldn't be shocked if Rafael Little really challenged LenDale White's role. Otherwise, Jason Jones seems like a safe bet after a solid rookie year (without or without the insane Steelers performance) and has the best opportunity.

Rob S
03-18-2009, 10:39 PM
My breakout for the Buffalo Bills:

Ashton Youboty
Steve Johnson

really? Theres a good chance he won't even be the nickel.

As for Steve, guy is a beast, but I dont think he is gonna get the looks this year, maybe next tho.

themaninblack
03-18-2009, 10:43 PM
I think on offense Andre Caldwell could break out this year though he may not get much of an opportunity. On defense its probably going to be Pat Sims even though you could prolly argue that he broke out in a way last season with a terrific debut. Hell I could also say the same about Rivers. I also think Chinedum Ndukwe is going to continue to garner attention.

CC.SD
03-18-2009, 10:48 PM
I think on offense Andre Caldwell could break out this year though he may not get much of an opportunity. On defense its probably going to be Pat Sims even though you could prolly argue that he broke out in a way last season with a terrific debut. Hell I could also say the same about Rivers. I also think Chinedum Ndukwe is going to continue to garner attention.

I like Andre too but you're in a lonely boat betting on a Florida wideout. Keith Rivers will be a top 10 OLB next year.

WMD
03-18-2009, 11:00 PM
Damn I love those jerseys...they make even the crappiest of player look bad ass. Obviously, that isnt the case right there, though.
Just so you know, the Lions are doing away with the Black jerseys. We are supposedly getting some kind of a makeover though, so maybe we'll get even badasser jerseys.. Our Thanksgiving Throwbacks will be the alternate.. which I'm not a very big fan of.

http://waynefontes.com/barry-in-throwbacks-detroit-free-press-picture.jpg

Chief49er
03-18-2009, 11:08 PM
Offense:
Vernon Davis

Defense:
Manny Lawson

MarioPalmer
03-18-2009, 11:42 PM
I have a few,

1. Cedric Benson RB Bengals: I think he had a wake up call after being signed by the Bengals mid season in 2008, and he really showed what made him a top 5 pick back in 2005. I really like him to break out and have a Rudi Johnson/ Cory Dillon type production in Cincy. If you can, go back and watch the Dallas game against the Bengals. Thats a game that really shows his vast imnprovment in strength, determination and production. Also, because Carson Palmer will be back at 100% hea;th wise, it will only help Cedric improve in the receiving department as well. So I think he will improve in leaps and bounds with both his running and receiving numbers, and his impact will be huge if the Bengals can sort out their offensive line issues before the start of the season.

2. Kenny Phillips Safety Giants: Kenny Phillips was a steal at the end of the first round in last Aprils draft and he had a very good rookie season. BUt I think that in the 2009 season he will have a breakout year and show that he is one of the top 5 safeties in the NFL. With a full offseason program and a full year to have learned the NFL offenses and his own Giant defense, I thin khe becomes on eof the leaders of that D and has an excellent year. I really liked what I saw from him last year and with James Butler gone the Giants are looking for a QB in the secondary and I believe it to be Kenny Phillips. God, was he a steal in the late 1rst. I only wished my Texans had grabbed him instead of Duane Brown.

3. Amobi Okoye DT Texans: During Okoye's rookie year he flashed his elite athleticism and his elite penatration ability by setting the Texans rookie sack record with 5 sacks. He wasn't nearly the same guy in the 2008 season and he was very dissapointing to say the least. But I think with a year to digest his problems and then being able to work on them in this offseason he has a break out year. I think he also can be confident that Mario Williams will demand double teams through out the year and with the signing of Antonio Smith to play opposite Mario, Amobi Okoye will have plenty of opperutnity to make a push up the middle and have chances to impact the game with sacks, hurries, knockdowns and tackles for loss. I can definitly see him having a 6-8 sack year with improvemtn in his penatration and tackle for loss department.

4. Sedrick Ellis DT Saints: Ellis was having a very good rookie year before his injury and had proven to be the better tackle between him and Dorsey in last years NFL draft. Ellis showed that he had the power, smarts, and explosion to be a force in the run stopping and in the pass rushing game. He made his entire defensive line better on every single play and was an outstanding 4-3 DT for the Saints. You could say that he is their most valuable player on their defense going into their season this year. I fully expect him to have an outstanding season and even be a Pro-Bowl main stay from this year forward. 8-10 sacks and 10+ tackles for loss are definitly not out of the question for this beast and I expect him to be the catalyst that finally turns Will Simth and Charles Grant into an elite DE duo.

5. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie CB Cardinals: He was an absolute beast during the Cardinals playoff run and in my view solidified himself as one of the best up and comers at the corner back position. His first half play in the Super Bowl was that of an 8 year vet that was a perenniel Pro-Bowler. I wish I could say the same for his second half play, but I chalk that up to him being a rookie and Santonio Holmes and Ben Rothlisberger being a great QB/WR combo. But for him to have come from a Division 1-AA school, then being drafted into the first round and then becoming the Cardinals' number one corner is a huge accomplismnet in it of it self. Not too mention that this team was a Super Bowl runner up that relied on it's defense going through the playoffs. I fully expect Rogers-Cromartie to become one of the elite CBs by the end of the year. He has the elite speed, athleticism, agility, excelleration and size to be not only on e of the elite CBs but potentially the best CB in the league. I'm really excited to see how Dominique Rogers-Cromartie improves upon last year's outstanding rookie year, and if he can progress into a Pro-Bowl mainstay. I think that maybe in time that the Cardinals have finally found a replacement for Aeneas Williams as their best CB of the last decade.

fenikz
03-18-2009, 11:48 PM
Offense:
Vernon Davis

Defense:
Manny Lawson


same thing for the past 3 years

Mr. Hero
03-19-2009, 12:29 AM
Not really a breakout player, but I think Terrell Thomas has a good chance to unseat Aaron Ross by the end of the season. He's a longer, stronger and quicker version of Aaron Ross and has much higher upside, he's also more physical than Ross.

Oh and Kiwi's going to be a monster as our third DE, moving around the line with Osi and tuck taking attention from him and wearing out tackles for him he's going to put up sackzzz this season.

CC.SD
03-19-2009, 01:33 AM
I would also like to add Mario Williams to the list, doomsday is coming.

Me Likey Rookies
03-19-2009, 02:05 AM
Are breakout players supposed to be guys that will become absolute stars or just have the nfl take notice? DRC has had the nfl take notice, Mario Williams has been a stud for a while now...

I'm gonna go with Luke McCown from the Bucs, its hard to suck when you have Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow to throw to.

SaintsMan
03-19-2009, 05:10 AM
I think S, Roman Harper is going to flourish under Greg Williams. And on Offense, I'll go with WR, Robert Meachem.

Cicero
03-19-2009, 05:21 AM
I would also like to add Mario Williams to the list, doomsday is coming.

How much more can he break out? I know if I could choose 1 DE in the NFL to have on my team it would be him.

BlindSite
03-19-2009, 06:13 AM
Are breakout players supposed to be guys that will become absolute stars or just have the nfl take notice? DRC has had the nfl take notice, Mario Williams has been a stud for a while now...

I'm gonna go with Luke McCown from the Bucs, its hard to suck when you have Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow to throw to.

I'd be kind of worried with McCown as my starter, no matter who he's throwing to.

Mr. Stiller
03-19-2009, 06:34 AM
Steelers:

Offense: Easily Rashard Mendenhall or Limas Sweed. Or both.

Defense: William *** or Ryan Mundy.

Special Teams: Daniel Sepulveda.

noondog
03-19-2009, 07:26 AM
For the Lions, I'll put my money on Cliff Avril. Put up 5 Sacks and 4 Forced Fumbles in his rookie year.. 4 of those sacks came in the last 6 weeks of the year.

Cliff Avril definitely has a great chance to break out this year, but the Lions are going to have to get him some help at DT so he can rush 1-on-1.

My pick is Kevin Smith. Lions are going to run a lot this year and he'll be the workhorse from Week 1. I'm predicting that he'll go for close to 1,300 yards with 8-10 scores.

ccB
03-19-2009, 08:16 AM
Here's another one for the Ravens:

http://www.baltimoreravens.com/~/media/6CE16B43C683458998ACB4CBAC284682.ashx
LT Jared "The Big Steal" Gaither

Some may say he's already had his breakout year, but I think he is going to cut down on the stupid mistakes, and be an absolute monster this year.

coordinator0
03-19-2009, 09:12 AM
Here's another one for the Ravens:

http://www.baltimoreravens.com/~/media/6CE16B43C683458998ACB4CBAC284682.ashx
LT Jared "The Big Steal" Gaither

Some may say he's already had his breakout year, but I think he is going to cut down on the stupid mistakes, and be an absolute monster this year.

As long as his shoulder stays healthy and he can run block a little better, I think he could be a pro-bowler. I still can't get over the fact he played about half of the games with a dislocated shoulder...

NY+Giants=NYG
03-19-2009, 09:15 AM
I just thought of another player...

Mario Manningham, especially now that we didn't re-sign Amani Toomer.

Flippityskip91
03-19-2009, 09:49 AM
Steelers:

Offense: Easily Rashard Mendenhall or Limas Sweed. Or both.

Defense: William *** or Ryan Mundy.

Special Teams: Daniel Sepulveda.

William *** moved up the depth chart this offseason, right? Seems like every time you guys lose someone there's someone right behind to fill the hole. I would expect him to do well.

Gotta have love for those punters too.

captainjack27
03-19-2009, 09:56 AM
Willie *** and Lawrence Timmons. Rashard Mendenhall on offense for sure.

vikes_28
03-19-2009, 10:36 AM
http://thestartingfive.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/yeah-im-back-baby.jpg

bored of education
03-19-2009, 10:46 AM
Here's another one for the Ravens:

http://www.baltimoreravens.com/~/media/6CE16B43C683458998ACB4CBAC284682.ashx
LT Jared "The Big Steal" Gaither

Some may say he's already had his breakout year, but I think he is going to cut down on the stupid mistakes, and be an absolute monster this year.

such a friggen steal. How much that cost the Ravens a 4th or 5th?

ccB
03-19-2009, 10:56 AM
such a friggen steal. How much that cost the Ravens a 4th or 5th?

5th roundah

steelernation77
03-19-2009, 10:59 AM
I have a few,

1. Cedric Benson RB Bengals: I think he had a wake up call after being signed by the Bengals mid season in 2008, and he really showed what made him a top 5 pick back in 2005. I really like him to break out and have a Rudi Johnson/ Cory Dillon type production in Cincy. If you can, go back and watch the Dallas game against the Bengals. Thats a game that really shows his vast imnprovment in strength, determination and production. Also, because Carson Palmer will be back at 100% hea;th wise, it will only help Cedric improve in the receiving department as well. So I think he will improve in leaps and bounds with both his running and receiving numbers, and his impact will be huge if the Bengals can sort out their offensive line issues before the start of the season.

2. Kenny Phillips Safety Giants: Kenny Phillips was a steal at the end of the first round in last Aprils draft and he had a very good rookie season. BUt I think that in the 2009 season he will have a breakout year and show that he is one of the top 5 safeties in the NFL. With a full offseason program and a full year to have learned the NFL offenses and his own Giant defense, I thin khe becomes on eof the leaders of that D and has an excellent year. I really liked what I saw from him last year and with James Butler gone the Giants are looking for a QB in the secondary and I believe it to be Kenny Phillips. God, was he a steal in the late 1rst. I only wished my Texans had grabbed him instead of Duane Brown.

3. Amobi Okoye DT Texans: During Okoye's rookie year he flashed his elite athleticism and his elite penatration ability by setting the Texans rookie sack record with 5 sacks. He wasn't nearly the same guy in the 2008 season and he was very dissapointing to say the least. But I think with a year to digest his problems and then being able to work on them in this offseason he has a break out year. I think he also can be confident that Mario Williams will demand double teams through out the year and with the signing of Antonio Smith to play opposite Mario, Amobi Okoye will have plenty of opperutnity to make a push up the middle and have chances to impact the game with sacks, hurries, knockdowns and tackles for loss. I can definitly see him having a 6-8 sack year with improvemtn in his penatration and tackle for loss department.

4. Sedrick Ellis DT Saints: Ellis was having a very good rookie year before his injury and had proven to be the better tackle between him and Dorsey in last years NFL draft. Ellis showed that he had the power, smarts, and explosion to be a force in the run stopping and in the pass rushing game. He made his entire defensive line better on every single play and was an outstanding 4-3 DT for the Saints. You could say that he is their most valuable player on their defense going into their season this year. I fully expect him to have an outstanding season and even be a Pro-Bowl main stay from this year forward. 8-10 sacks and 10+ tackles for loss are definitly not out of the question for this beast and I expect him to be the catalyst that finally turns Will Simth and Charles Grant into an elite DE duo.

5. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie CB Cardinals: He was an absolute beast during the Cardinals playoff run and in my view solidified himself as one of the best up and comers at the corner back position. His first half play in the Super Bowl was that of an 8 year vet that was a perenniel Pro-Bowler. I wish I could say the same for his second half play, but I chalk that up to him being a rookie and Santonio Holmes and Ben Rothlisberger being a great QB/WR combo. But for him to have come from a Division 1-AA school, then being drafted into the first round and then becoming the Cardinals' number one corner is a huge accomplismnet in it of it self. Not too mention that this team was a Super Bowl runner up that relied on it's defense going through the playoffs. I fully expect Rogers-Cromartie to become one of the elite CBs by the end of the year. He has the elite speed, athleticism, agility, excelleration and size to be not only on e of the elite CBs but potentially the best CB in the league. I'm really excited to see how Dominique Rogers-Cromartie improves upon last year's outstanding rookie year, and if he can progress into a Pro-Bowl mainstay. I think that maybe in time that the Cardinals have finally found a replacement for Aeneas Williams as their best CB of the last decade.

DRC has to be more physical before he is considered one of the best CBs in the league. In the Super Bowl, the Steelers were just throwing it to Hines and 'Tone in the flat and daring DRC to make the tackle. It was usually good for 4-5 yards.

VernonLawson89
03-19-2009, 11:02 AM
Agreed with Josh Morgan

Bob Sanders Dreadlock
03-19-2009, 11:11 AM
Anthony Gonzalez i think he can become a wes welker type player in the slot.

nepg
03-19-2009, 11:42 AM
For the Pats... Meriweather broke out last year, but no one knew about it. He'll do it again.

But the real breakout player will probably be Pierre Woods. With Vrabel gone, and Bruschi ever-aging (i.e. Adalius Thomas playing more ILB), Woods is their primary dude right now, and they're super-high on him (just like they were with Meriweather last off-season).

Another candidate is Jonathan Wilhite. He's done everything asked of him, and improved tremendously in all areas as the season went along. Bodden and Springs are going to have a tough time keeping Wilhite off the field.
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LonghornsLegend
03-19-2009, 12:06 PM
Willie *** and Lawrence Timmons. Rashard Mendenhall on offense for sure.

I've heard Mendy wasn't around the facility all that much his first year as much as people expected, are you guys really expecting him to get a bigger role in the offense, or will Parker still be running the show?

art vandelay
03-19-2009, 12:36 PM
Leodis should be nasty this year....once he got used to the NFL game, he was pretty awesome and with an entire offseason and training camp to improve even more, I think he might have an outside chance at a Pro Bowl should our pass rush improve (A big reason I say this is that TO should actually attract votes for all Bills because of the publicity, night games, etc. Plus his return ability wont hurt)

I don't know about "nasty." He started off really bad last year and even though he improved I don't think he's going to be a pro bowler.

For breakouts I would say Trent Edwards and Derek Fine.

Hines
03-19-2009, 01:18 PM
William Ga y, Rashard Mendenhall, Limas Sweed for the Steelers. Lawrence Timmons could also explode for even bigger stats.

Young Legend
03-19-2009, 03:19 PM
I'd take Greg Olsen over Zach Miller anyday of the week.

Why? Cause he is faster?

SimonRath
03-19-2009, 03:19 PM
5th roundah

he only cost them a 5th rounder?! :O

BamaFalcon59
03-19-2009, 03:21 PM
I'll go with LB Stephen Nicholas if he gets a shot.

I also like Chauncey Davis a lot, but he is probably just solid.

bigbluedefense
03-19-2009, 03:29 PM
Kenny Phillips and Terrell Thomas on defense should have really good years. It wouldn't surprise me to see either Kehl or Goff make their presence felt either.


On offense, Im hoping its Mario Manningham. But more likely Ahmad Bradshaw.

Shiver
03-19-2009, 03:58 PM
same thing for the past 3 years


I know, it is sad that they are still convinced that just because they dominated the combine it means they can dominate the NFL. At least they got Patrick Willis.

diabsoule
03-19-2009, 03:59 PM
Tracy Porter for the Saints. Dude's gonna be a baller if he can stay healthy.

captainjack27
03-19-2009, 04:07 PM
I've heard Mendy wasn't around the facility all that much his first year as much as people expected, are you guys really expecting him to get a bigger role in the offense, or will Parker still be running the show?

I'm banking on him really maturing a lot over this offseason. If he can become a solid contributor, that will keep willie fresh and hopefully limit his injuries that he gets every year. Parker will still be the guy, but I'm hopin for Shard to really step up.

bored of education
03-19-2009, 04:23 PM
he only cost them a 5th rounder?! :O

yes, ONLY a 5th. :0

themaninblack
03-19-2009, 04:23 PM
I like Andre too but you're in a lonely boat betting on a Florida wideout. Keith Rivers will be a top 10 OLB next year.

I'm not rly betting on it I just think he is in a decent position to make some plays. He will have little to no pressure on him as we have CJ, Coles, and Henry plus Carson is back healthy. I'm also looking forward to seeing more out of him in the return game.

PACKmanN
03-19-2009, 04:27 PM
Why? Cause he is faster?

He does everything that Miller does plus he is much more of a threat in the passing game.

Smooth Criminal
03-19-2009, 05:13 PM
Steelers CB William *** is expected to start after McFadden left. He got some starts last season and looked very good, I'm expecting him to break out now that he'll see the field even more.

Limas Sweed should have a good season aswell. He'll be on the field alot more with Washington's departure. He dropped a couple passes last season, but I thought he did a great job of getting himself open deep down the field. Hopefully he works on the dropsies.

yourfavestoner
03-19-2009, 05:34 PM
http://media.scout.com/media/image/58/586695.jpg
I'm hoping it's this guy.

sbh15
03-19-2009, 05:35 PM
http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/43/433678.jpg

I hope that for Jacksonville it's Harvey... really want him to do well.

AntoinCD
03-19-2009, 05:40 PM
For the Patriots i'm going to say Terrence Wheatley. Looked pretty good in sparce duty last year until he got hurt and he won't be counted on to come in and start. I see him being a nickel/dime guy for the first half of the season but starting by the end

YAYareaRB
03-19-2009, 06:03 PM
I'm hoping Josh Morgan can develop as well as Jason Hill. Both have ceiling-less potential.

Mr. Stiller
03-19-2009, 07:44 PM
I've heard Mendy wasn't around the facility all that much his first year as much as people expected, are you guys really expecting him to get a bigger role in the offense, or will Parker still be running the show?

Media overblown the story. Mendenhall was around a lot. He just wasn't around for certain events. He was at practices (When he wasn't busy rehabbing) and he was on the sidelines during games and in a film study room.

Parker doesn't have the vision to cutback... he's got great speed but if the hole isn't there he just runs into the Defense.

Mendenhall showed great burst and power in his short opportunities.

He can actually catch the ball. I expect Willie to get phased to #2 back fairly soon.

Mr. Stiller
03-19-2009, 07:46 PM
Steelers CB William *** is expected to start after McFadden left. He got some starts last season and looked very good, I'm expecting him to break out now that he'll see the field even more.

Limas Sweed should have a good season aswell. He'll be on the field alot more with Washington's departure. He dropped a couple passes last season, but I thought he did a great job of getting himself open deep down the field. Hopefully he works on the dropsies.

Yeah, most people focus on the drops, but fail to realize how amazing his route running progressed and his deep speed is ridiculous.

In the AFC Championship game he made one of their Nickel CB's look terrible, they kept biting on all his fakes (Head fake, double move) but he was getting WIDE open.

He starts catching better, he'll be what Plax was supposed to be for us, but faster.

Not to mention, ask the same CB about his ability to Ward-Block.

SimonRath
03-19-2009, 08:54 PM
yes, ONLY a 5th. :0

what da hell!
why didnt the falcons do that :(

Smooth Criminal
03-19-2009, 09:44 PM
Alot of fans wanted their teams to get Gaither in the 3rd round of the supplemental. Teams had concerns about character issues so most passed on him completely.

Burger
03-19-2009, 10:35 PM
Justin Harrell Will break out, Mark my Words.

CC.SD
03-20-2009, 01:37 AM
Here's another one for the Ravens:

http://www.baltimoreravens.com/~/media/6CE16B43C683458998ACB4CBAC284682.ashx
LT Jared "The Big Steal" Gaither

Some may say he's already had his breakout year, but I think he is going to cut down on the stupid mistakes, and be an absolute monster this year.

http://o.aolcdn.com/art/sportsdata/nfl/players/hs_7900.jpg

Tim Dobbins, talk about separated at birth.

d34ng3l021
03-20-2009, 01:41 AM
I know, it is sad that they are still convinced that just because they dominated the combine it means they can dominate the NFL. At least they got Patrick Willis.

Didn't Vernon Davis lead the ACC in receiving yards during a certain year? And wasn't Manny Lawson voted the best defensive lineman in college on a team with Mario Williams?

BamaFalcon59
03-20-2009, 01:43 AM
Didn't Vernon Davis lead the ACC in receiving yards during a certain year? And wasn't Manny Lawson voted the best defensive lineman in college on a team with Mario Williams?

Megatron edged him out.

Paranoidmoonduck
03-20-2009, 01:43 AM
He does everything that Miller does plus he is much more of a threat in the passing game.

This really isn't true. Miller was part of a worse offense but was more impressive last year, and that's with being held back to provide help for Oakland's crap tackle play towards the end of the season. He's not as much of a vertical threat, but he's a better blocker and catches the ball better.
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Oakland has a couple possibilities. If Johnnie Lee Higgins makes a jump from '08 to '09 like he made from '07 to '08, then he might surprise a few people. I don't consider this very likely though. One could throw Darren McFadden's name out there, but his name is already the one people are looking for on Oakland box scores. In the absence of McFadden, maybe Michael Bush warrants a mention. He tore Tampa to shreds the last week of the season and could see significant playing time.

However, the defense will hopefully produce one breakout guy. Chris Johnson, if he can keep his play up, might jump into the limelight. He played some stellar football once he stepped into the starting role. Tommy Kelly, for all he is maligned about that contract, played some good football last year and had very favorable stats when measured against other defensive tackles. If Oakland can get a true 2-tech next to him (Raji?) then he might make the leap. And my personal hope is that Tyvon Branch turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Right now he seems slotted in at SS, which strikes me as a huge mistake, but I hope he can prove me wrong.

jsa230
03-20-2009, 01:47 AM
Justin Harrell Will break out, Mark my Words.

o god i hope so, mbe he will play a little 34 end in rushing situ. if he can stay healthy and wants to succeed he will break out this year (ill keep my fingers crossed)

vikes_28
03-23-2009, 08:45 AM
John David Booty will break out.

DHVF
03-23-2009, 09:47 AM
John David Booty's face will break out.
Corrected.

Sveen
03-23-2009, 10:00 AM
For the Saints I'm going with Roman Harper.

Vikes99ej
03-23-2009, 10:21 AM
I think Tyrell Johnson will have a solid year.

Don Vito
03-23-2009, 10:23 AM
For the Pats, it would great to see Maroney or Crable breakout. We need them both to have big years.

Flyboy
03-23-2009, 10:51 AM
For the Saints I'm going with Roman Harper.

That's a very good choice. I think Williams will start to play him to his strengths.

HawkeyeFan
03-23-2009, 12:01 PM
http://graphics.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2008/10/26/23__1225048581_4416.jpg

or

http://www.stlouisrams.com/mediaContent//2008/11/25/13/Burton_Roster_69707.jpg

or

http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/St+Louis+Rams+v+Tennessee+Titans+LQscniCR6SUl.jpg