Mark Sanchez, I think he's going to play to his potential this year, we've faith.
Dark Horse and relative unknown on the Raiders, DAVID AUSBERRY. Ausberry will be the starting TE in Gregg Knapp's west coast offense. He's a really big kid, with good hands, out of USC. Just a hunch...
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From my team (Bears): S Chris Conte- Danieal Manning was playing at an elite level when we let him walk. If Conte can stay healthy I think he can be as good as Manning was.
Other teams: RB Taiwan Jones for the Raiders. I don't wish injury on anyone but history says Jones will get his chance to be the lead back at some point.
As for the break out player of next year, I would have to honestly go with Alex Smith because of a few reasons:
1. Improved offensive line play since everything, including protection schemes, should now be installed and improved. The unit should also gel together much faster than they did last year. I expect them to allow at least 25% fewer hits as a real estimate.
2. Improved play from Vernon Davis, as we saw in the post-season. There is a reason why he didn't really break out until then, he was struggling with the playbook early on because of its complexity for the TE position.
3. Vastly better WR weapons: Randy Moss, Mario Manninham, and rookie AJ Jenkins are significant upgrades over Brett Swain, Ted Ginn, Braylon Edwards, and Joe Hastings. Heck, you can argue that they are upgrades over Crabtree. With an off-season to gel with these guys, Alex Smith should have better stats with these better WRs who can actually get open. I also doubt that they will screw up routes as often as Crabtree did last year.
4. This will be Alex Smith's second season in the same offense; this is probably the biggest reason why he will break out in 2011. It's well documented that Alex Smith is a very cerebral player who needs to be fully immersed in the offense before he can cut it loose. This is the first time in his entire career that he will not have to start from scratch and learn a new offensive scheme.
5. Greg Roman and the rest of the coaching staff now has a feel for NFL play calling and a better idea of how to exploit rules and have also gained more familiarity with NFL defenses. This will lead to improved play calling.
My modest prediction for Smith:
4000+ yards, 31 TDs, 9 INTs
Not as high on the TDs cause I feel like Harbaugh will still want to keep it on the ground when it comes to the goal line plays. This is not a knock on Alex as Harbaugh did this at Stanford with Luck as his starting qb.
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2014 Adopt-A-Lion: Golden Tate
Terrell Suggs... but seriously, I think Kevin Kolb will have a much better year than last year now being healthy and having an offseason to get some chemistry with Fitz, plus they just added Floyd and will be getting Wilson back
looks like i have to hope to god it's paul kruger or coutrney upsahw
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Leave the sig up though for the season. It worked well when someone else was mocking Alex Smith last year. And the guy that sig quoted a niner fan about predicting twelve wins. That was funny
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I can only name players on my team since the whole point of a breakout player is that nobody knew of him before.
"But wait!" you say. "I have heard of him before! Hasn't Pouncey already been voted to the Pro Bowl twice in two years and second team All-Pro his rookie year and first team his second year?"
Yes he has, I respond. However, he didn't earn any of those awards. This should be the year he finally plays to that level. He finally has a competent guard next to him for the first time in his career. He has a competent offensive coordinator that doesn't put the entire o-line in bad situations with his predictable play calling. And he's another year older and more experienced.
Despite Mendenhall being more talented and the better running back, Redman was a better fit in a Bruce Arians offense. Todd Haley can find what works and get the most of it. Redman shouldn't see a dropoff in the change of offensive coordinators, and with the previously mentioned development of his center, and having a generally decent offensive line for once, Redman should easily eclipse 1,000 yards. Not saying much since that's like 60-something yards a game, but still. He's good.
I want to say Keenan Lewis and Stevenson Sylvester, but I don't know how they'll respond to their increased workloads. And Ziggy Hood has already broken out, it's just that no one will ever know what with him being a 3-4 end.
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