By: Michael Levell (@4HFAdvantage)
Football is back! Yes, I know that it is just preseason but it we were all still anxiously awaiting its return. In view of the foregoing, here are 32 players from 32 teams that you can keep an eye out for this 2014 preseason.
49ers: MLB Chris Boreland
With an injury to Navarro Bowman, Boreland is poised, with a
good preseason, to steal a starting spot next to Patrick Willis.
Bears: RB Ka'Deem Carey
Matt Forte' is the starter but Carey has the talent to gain
some carries as a short-yardage and goal-line back.
Bengals: DE Margus Hunt
Margus Hunt has always had the talent but he lacked the football
acumen. Going into his second year, I
hope to see him produce when given the opportunity.
Bills: WR Robert Woods
I am unconcerned with the presence of newly acquired wide
out, Mike Williams. Robert Woods is a
better route runner and has better hands.
He should prove his worth during the preseason.
Broncos: RB C.J. Anderson
Montee Ball will be out until the start of
the season and Hillman has never been consistent. Anderson has a chance to leap up in the depth
Many people will be watching Justin Gilbert and "Johnny
Football" but Desir is interesting. Due
to his long arms and tall frame, he may be an even better fit for bump and run
coverage than Gilbert.
TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
With opposing defense's attention turned to the edges,
Sefarian-Jenkins can dominate between the numbers with his 6-6, 265 lbs.
S Deone Bucannon
The word out of camp is that Bucannon will see time on the
field as a nickel linebacker. He is big
enough but is he ready for the positional challenge?
OLB Melvin Ingram
We have been waiting over two years for Ingram to stay on the
field and show his playmaking ability.
Will this be the year he finally breaks out?
TE Travis Kelce
The Chiefs need more production from their tight end position
and Kelce is the most talented.
Moncrief is 6'2", 220 lbs., and runs a 4.4 forty yard
dash. The Colts will look to get the
ball into his hands early and often.
Besides, you have to expect that Hakeem Nicks will get injured sooner or
Morris Claiborne is growing into a bust and the only position
that is open is the nickel back spot.
Webb is Claiborne's best competition.
OLB/DE Dion Jordan
With a four game suspension looming, Jordan still has the preseason
to showcase his "refined" skills.
OLB/DE Marcus Smith
The Philadelphia faithful booed him when he was drafted but
he can now show them why he was drafted.
Falcons: WR/KR/PR Bernard Reedy
Reedy is already becoming a fan favorite with his speed and
competitiveness. With the release of
Darius Johnson and the unavailability of Drew Davis, "Speedy" Reedy has a shot
to make the 53 man roster.
Rashad Jennings is the starter but he is a journeyman; and
Williams (5-11,230 lbs.) is the tougher runner between the two.
QB Blake Bortles
Bortles has a big arm and I just want to see him "let it
I don't think Eric Decker is a true number one receiver. I will be looking for Stephen Hill to make
great strides this year.
OLB Kyle Van Noy
In college, Kyle Van Noy could cover and rush the passer with
ease. If he can do it in the NFL, then
the Lions defense will become very unpredictable.
S Sean Richardson
The Packers have not had a playmaker at the safety position
since Charles Woodson left. Green Bay
feels that Richardson could fill that role because of his knack for getting
interceptions in training camp.
DE Kony Ealy
With a Greg Hardy suspension on the horizon, Kony Ealy could
become an early pass rush specialist.
OLB Donta' Hightower
Hightower has always struggled with pass coverage but can he
find a way to become a playmaker without that skill?
With college finally behind him, it's time to see if Mack can
shine against better competition.
Rams: DT Aaron
Can Donald use his strength and speed to make the Rams
defensive line one of the most feared in the NFL?
OLB Courtney Upshaw
Upshaw has yet to make an impact by rushing the passer. I'm starting to wonder if he ever will.
QB Robert Griffin III
RGIII has gotten everything that he has wanted this
offseason. The pressure is now on him to
deliver. All of that starts with developing
chemistry with his receivers.
WR Brandon Cooks
Cooks is "lightning in a bottle". So his development will be pivotal in
replacing Darren Sproles' production.
MLB Brock Coyle
With Bobby Wagner recovering from a hamstring injury, Coyle could
be the next undrafted free agent to start for the Champion Seattle Seahawks.
RB Dri Archer
Archer has speed and quickness. A lot of it!
OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney
Do I really need to explain why I will be watching Clowney?
Morgan is considered a bust as a defensive end. Maybe he can change that by switching to a
3-4 outside linebacker.
Vikings: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Patterson showed the
league plenty of talent last year. He is
my offensive breakout candidate for this season.