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 the games alone aren’t the only thing making everyone excited since there are millions waiting for fantasy football, NFL free picks, and of course, those who rely on getting insider information on early betting odds.
You probably have read so many team previews and discussions about which team is winning it this year and which rivalries will heat up once again; but how about the top players to keep an eye on for the 2017 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
Ryan is no doubt one of the most popular players in the NFL today. Although part of that popularity is because of the epic meltdown he and his team, Atlanta Falcons went through after giving up a huge lead against New England and eventually lose the Super Bowl. But the very same setback Ryan endured last season can also be the best motivation to return as a hungrier and more desperate quarterback for the Falcons.
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. 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. 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
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.