Alshon Jeffery and the Top 10 NFL Breakout Stars of 2013

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The Biggest Breakout Stars of the 2013 NFL Season

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Each and every NFL season we have an idea of who we think will play well heading into the year. There are players you know will do well and there are others who we project will do well. But no matter what we think we know about the NFL, random players from nowhere seem to emerge to give the game new stars.

This year, there's no doubt that the breakout star in the NFL is Alshon Jeffery. The Chicago Bears wide receiver has emerged on the scene in a big way. Heading into week 15, Jeffery ranks fifth in receiving yards (1,193) and seventh in receptions (75). He's also hauled in six touchdown receptions, with many of them coming in spectacular fashion.

The crazy part for the Bears is that Jeffery is actually outperforming Brandon Marshall in several major categories. Obviously, Marshall's effectiveness and ability to draw double coverage has increased Jeffery's production, but a lot of the credit has to go to the second-year WR and his ability to go up and catch the football.

Before you know it, opposing teams won't know what to do. You can't double two wide outs throughout an entire game. Eventually, opposing defenses will have to pick their poison with either Marshall or Jeffery. Given that reality, it's safe to say that the Bears have a great thing going at WR moving forward.

So besides Alshon Jeffery, who are the biggest breakout stars of 2013? In this slideshow we'll take a look at 10 players who have put themselves on the map with solid performances throughout the season:

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Josh Gordon

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Although he was the subject of trade rumors this season, Gordon has still managed to breakout. He currently leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,400. The Browns would be nutty to deal him this offseason.

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Eddie Lacy

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It looks like the Packers finally have a reliable weapon in their backfield. Lacy has been solid throughout 2013 and is easily going to pass the 1,000-yard mark in his rookie season.

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Nick Foles

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Anyone have Foles tossing 20 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while leading the Eagles to five straight wins and first place in the NFC East?

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Kiko Alonso

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The Bills are slowly starting to turn the corner as a franchise and Alonso is a reason why. The rookie LB is currently second in the NFL with 131 tackles on the season.

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Zac Stacy

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After nine years of Steven Jackson in St. Louis, Stacy has emerged as his replacement. With a strong finish, the rookie will eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in 2013.

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Sheldon Richardson

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The Jets didn't hit with all their early round picks in 2013, but they sure did with Richardson. It looks like they've got a solid d-line piece to build around for years to come.

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Cameron Jordan

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After a decent season in 2012, Jordan has really emerged in 2013. The DE has 11.5 sacks on the season, good for fourth in the NFL.

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Keenan Allen

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Although many receivers were taken ahead of him in the 2013 draft, Allen has been the best of them all this season. To date, he's racked up 902 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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Olivier Vernon

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The Dolphins have themselves a ball player with Vernon. He went from 3.5 sacks in his rookie season, to 11.5 in 2013.

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Jordan Cameron

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If the Browns still had Brian Hoyer under center, Cameron would be near the top of the league in receiving yards. Even without him, he's still managed to rack up 825 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

 


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