Monday, July 7, 2008

Breakout Players in 2008

Over the course of the next few weeks leading into the new NFL season, we will spotlight a young player from each of the 32 teams that has potential to have a 'breakout' year in 2008. This doesn't necessarily mean that said player is the next future Hall of Fame candidate or NFL superstar, but rather that they are in a good position to have a huge impact for their team.

To give you an idea of what we're looking for, here is an example of someone who stepped it up in 2007:

Pictured: RB Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers)

A week before the season started, Grant was the odd man out at the running back position for the New York Giants. Only giving up a 6th round draft pick, Green Bay acquired the 6'1 218 pound RB, who later moved into the starting role mid season and had a breakout year. He finished with 956 yards rushing (five 100+ yard games) and 8 TDs. Displaying good field vision, a tough running style and an explosive burst, Grant solidified himself as a top back when rushing for 203 yards and 3 TDs against the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last year. He is now the undisputed starting RB for the Packers and a key component heading into 2008.

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