Players Fans Should Keep an Eye on This 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. However, even if Griffin was recently cut, he’s still far from calling it quits. A 2011 Heisman trophy recipient himself, there is very little doubt he’s going to find himself a new home before the start of the season.
2 – Matt Ryan
Every NFL fan would agree that Ryan is one of the most popular players in the league these days. But then again, a huge chunk of that popularity is because of his team, the Atlanta Falcons’ epic choke against the reigning champs in the most recent 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
The wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints played remarkably last season, totaling 92 catches and 1,137 yards, which in turn produces enough intrigue as to how he can sustain the momentum in the new season. The Saints look to improve their offense in the new season and that right there is an indication that Thomas will be filling in a bigger role. 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 – Blake Bortles
The 25-year old has a lot of making up to do after a mediocre 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.