5 Rookies Who Could Have a Huge Impact at the Super Bowl
Looking for Breakout Candidates at Super Bowl 2014
Despite all of the commotion that goes along with the event, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off on Feb. 2, 2014 in the Super Bowl on the same field football is played on just in a little different circumstances. And as usual the Super Bowl will come down to which team is able to execute as if they are playing Week 1 of the NFL season rather than the Vince Lombardi Trophy they have worked their entire lives for.
Just as in any regular football game, there are a lot variables that cannot be predicted. Whether it is injuries, different formations, weather conditions or something else, there is really no telling what exactly will happen going into any given game at the NFL level, which makes the league both immensely exciting and suspenseful.
What this also does is it ensures that nearly every game has a surprise player, and the Super Bowl is never different in this aspect. One only needs to look at the likes of David Tyree, Timmy Smith and Jeff Hostetler to see that relatively unknown players can come out and have MVP caliber games on the biggest stage of them all.
Keeping this ability of inexperienced players to show up in the Super Bowl in a big way, I have formed a list of the five rookies who could have a huge impact at the game in 2014. These players are composed of guys on both the Broncos and Seahawks, and nearly every selected player has had a relatively small impact during the regular season but possesses the ability and opportunity to show up in a big way in their team's most important game of the season.
5. Kayvon Webster - Denver Broncos
During the regular season Kayvon Webster picked up one interception, forced one fumble and contributed 41 tackles all while looking like a physical and quick cornerback that should be watched moving forward. Unfortunately this impact has not yet translated to the playoffs, but with Chris Harris out injured and Champ Bailey gaining in age, there is no doubting Webster will at the very least see a decent amount of snaps for the Denver Broncos.
4. Sylvester Williams - Denver Broncos
Sylvester Williams is an absolute behemoth of a human being, and despite only contributing 20 tackles and two sacks through the regular season, the defensive tackle is going to be hard to stop at the Super Bowl. The game is likely to be won on the line, and Williams could prove to be the deciding factor even if it would surprise some people.
3. Alvin Bailey - Seattle Seahawks
Although offensive lineman rarely get a lot of love, it is obvious that they have a huge impact on each and every football game. Alvin Bailey played in 14 regular season games and even had the lead block for Marshawn Lynch on a 40-yard touchdown rush in the NFC Championship Game. Look for him to dominate in the trenches, especially if the weather is bad.
2. Luke Willson - Seattle Seahawks
Luke Willson was a blossoming threat all season for the Seattle Seahawks as he used his 6-foot-5, 252-pound frame to terrorize defenses. He caught a respectable 20 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown, but during the postseason he was slightly slowed down by injuries. With two weeks to rest expect Willson to be healthy and motivated to be a surprise weapon for Russell Wilson to throw to.
1. Montee Ball - Denver Broncos
Montee Ball is the clearly the most obvious of any of the choices on this list, but that does not mean he will not have a huge impact at the Super Bowl. Ball progressed steadily throughout the regular season, finishing up with 559 rushing yards, and he has since picked up 52 and 43 rushing yards respectively in the Broncos' two playoff games. As the second running back behind Knowshon Moreno, Ball will surely receive opportunities and should thrive in the cold weather.