Indianapolis Colts' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

The Indianapolis Colts' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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The Indianapolis Colts took another step forward last season, securing another double-digit-win season and getting their first playoff win in the Andrew Luck Era. Luck has been phenomenal, but the Colts will need to have some other players step up if they want to bring home a title next year. Here are 5 breakout candidates that you should keep your eyes on in 2014.

5. Bjoern Werner

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5. Bjoern Werner

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Bjoern Werner was the Colts' first round pick in last year's draft, but he had a minimal impact when he saw the field in Indy. Look for some improvement with Werner, and he should be competing with Eric Walden for the second OLB spot.

4. Hakeem Nicks

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4. Hakeem Nicks

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Hakeem Nicks was once a borderline elite receiver in this league, but he was plagued with injuries last year, rendering him ineffective. Look for Nicks to bounce back with Andrew Luck tossing him the ball this year, if he stays healthy.

3. Delano Howell

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3. Delano Howell

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Howell filled in nicely when Laron Landry was hurt last season, but he may be asked to start opposite of Landry this year because of Antoine Bethea's departure to San Francisco. Howell will have to step up, simply out of necessity.

2. Arthur Jones

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2. Arthur Jones

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Arthur Jones was a good player in Baltimore, but he should thrive in Chuck Pagano's defense. This truly was a perfect match for both parties, and one of Ryan Grigson's most impressive free agent signings.

1. Trent Richardson

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1. Trent Richardson

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Richardson needs to be productive this season, for his own good. If he can't get it together in Indy, he might not get another chance to be a starter in this league. Hopefully, Richardson realizes this and becomes the 1000-yard running back that everyone thought he would become.