Players to Keep an Eye On For the 2017 NFL Season
The National Football League (NFL) will start its 98th season barely four months from now. Similar to all other seasons in the past, every American sports fan is in high anticipation, not only because Super Bowl LI champs New England Patriots will start things off against the Kansas City Chiefs, but also because there is a lot of excitement over the new crop of players who came in after the recently concluded NFL Draft. But those aren’t just what makes the NFL so popular, since there always will be those looking for tips for fantasy league, NFL free picks, and others wanting to get a heads-up of the betting odds.
But instead of talking about the early contenders and possible team match-ups and traditional rivalries, what if we discuss the top players to watch in the upcoming season?
1 – Robert Griffin III
The former Cleveland Browns QB is currently a free agent after the team cut him last March. Although recently cut, it does not mean that he’s done. The 2011 Heisman trophy recipient still remains to be one of the quickest quarterbacks in the league and there is very little doubt he’ll sign up with a new team soon.
2 – Matt Ryan
Every NFL fan would agree that Ryan is one of the most popular players in the league these days. However, it’s fair to say that his popularity is also linked to the historic comeback made by New England against his team, the Atlanta Falcons in the recent Super Bowl. But the very same setback Ryan endured last season can also be the best motivation to return as a hungrier and more desperate quarterback for the Falcons.
3 – Michael Thomas
The New Orleans Saints’ young and promising wide receiver had 92 catches/1,137 yards last season, which obviously are numbers worthy of a closer look in the upcoming season. If the Saints focus on improving their offense, Thomas sure will have a bigger role for the team. If there is one good proof of the enormous potential found in Thomas, it has to be the fact that during his rookie season, he managed to break franchise records for a rookie in touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards.
4 – Black Bortles
The 25-year old has a lot of making up to do after a mediocre season last year. The good thing going for the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is the fact that he is well-loved as the quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars; he just needs to learn how to be mature enough to carry the responsibility of leading his team this season.