Players To Watch in the Upcoming 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.
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. 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
Matt Ryan is one of the most popular football players in the NFL today. 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. 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. Considering that the Saints are likely to boost their offense in the upcoming NFL season, it only means Thomas will be in for a bigger and more crucial role. The former college star from Ohio State University showed a lot of promise during his rookie season when he broke team records for a rookie in receptions, touchdowns, 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. The third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft has all the support he need from the Jacksonville Jaguars and he sure does have the talent to be one of the best in the NFL, provided he’ll be more mature coming in to the new season.