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Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

Green Bay Packers' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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2014 will be a good season for the Green Bay Packers. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be healthy and this defense will be much improved from last year. Here are five breakout candidates for the Packers in the upcoming season.

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5. Johnathan Franklin

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5. Johnathan Franklin

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When Johnathan Franklin was picked in the 2013 NFL Draft, many thought he would be the starting running back over fellow rookie Eddie Lacy. It turns out that Lacy was the one who had a terrific season, and Franklin was the one who fell out of flavor. His hands and elusiveness make him a fun player nonetheless. He's a good option out of the backfield.

4. Micah Hyde

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4. Micah Hyde

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Micah Hyde has all of the opportunity in the world to be the starting slot corner in 2014. He was a versatile player in 2013, and the Packers should look to give him a bigger role in the coming months. He will be entering his second year in 2013, and he was pretty good at times in 2013. Hyde should also continue to return punts.

3. Nick Perry

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3. Nick Perry

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Nick Perry hasn't lived up to expectations since being drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, Perry has the perfect size to play outside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme. His rookie season was cut short because of a wrist injury, and Perry improved in the latter portion of 2013.

2. Jarrett Boykin

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2. Jarrett Boykin

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Although he had a good season in 2013, Boykin should see his numbers double in 2014 with the departure of James Jones. At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Boykin looks the part. If the Packers put Cobb in the slot on the same side as Boykin, defenses will have trouble containing both of them. He is a little raw, but Boykin has a lot of potential.

1. David Bakhtiari

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1. David Bakhtiari

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David Bakhtiari improved in every game in 2013. Usually starting rookie offensive tackles are taken in the first or second round. Bakhtiari was taken in the fourth round. Regardless, there is no reason why he can't turn into a special player. He is a physical tackle who plays with a lot of athleticism too.