Players Fans Should Keep an Eye on This 2017 NFL Season
The new season of the National Football League (NFL) starts in September. The excitement over the new season comes to no surprise as every American sports fan considers the NFL as one of the most popular sports leagues in the nation, plus the fact that the reigning Super Bowl LI champions, New England Patriots will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day. 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
The cat-quick quarterback played for the Cleveland Browns last season, but the team cut him at the last minute before the new season begins. Although recently cut, it does not mean that he’s done. 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
Ryan is no doubt one of the most popular players in the NFL today. 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 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. The Ohio State University star had a promising NFL rookie season with the Saints when he broke franchise records for a rookie in several areas, including receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions.
4 – Blake Bortles
Although Bortles had a rough time last season, the 25-year old has more than enough time to make up for it this 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.
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