Players to Keep an Eye On For the 2017 NFL Season
The new season of the National Football League (NFL) starts in September. 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.
While it is common to read previews of the teams who might be contenders for this season, it’s probably great to change things up a bit by talking about the players to watch instead.
1 – Robert Griffin III
Griffin played for the Cleveland Browns last season before the team cut his in March this year. But it doesn’t mean he’s down and out for good. 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
Matt Ryan is one of the most popular football players in the NFL today. Although part of that popularity is because of the epic meltdown he and his team, Atlanta Falcons went through after giving up a huge lead against New England and eventually lose the Super Bowl. Quite interestingly, this could very well be the reason to keep an eye on Ryan’s performance in the upcoming season since he definitely will be hungrier and more desperate to bounce back.
3 – Michael Thomas
After totaling 92 catches and 1,137 yards last season, the sky is the limit for Thomas 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
Bortles is one of the younger quarterbacks in the league and he comes in with a lot of redeeming to do after a disappointing season last year. If there’s one good thing going for Bortles, it’s the fact that the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is well-liked by management and the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars; but he should be paying it with more maturity in accepting his leadership responsibilities for the team.