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Every NFL Team’s Secret Weapon Heading into 2014

Every NFL Team's Secret Weapon Heading into 2014

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Every single year in the NFL, players emerge from seemingly nowhere to enjoy huge seasons. The 2014 season is sure to produce plenty of these players, as it appears there are dozens of guys ready to take the next step. With that said, here is every NFL team's secret weapon heading into 2014.

Arizona Cardinals- TE John Carlson

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Arizona Cardinals- TE John Carlson

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Over the past few years, John Carlson has been plagued by nagging injuries, but reports so far suggest he is finally healthy. The Cardinals have a need for a productive tight end, and a healthy Carlson can provide that.

Atlanta Falcons- TE Levine Toilolo

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Atlanta Falcons- TE Levine Toilolo

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In the 2014 season, Levine Toilolo will be tasked with trying to take over for future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez. It's a tough job for sure, but Toilolo has the athletic talent to surprise.

Baltimore Ravens- RB Justin Forsett

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Baltimore Ravens- RB Justin Forsett

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Although I doubt that the fact Justin Forsett has been taking first-team reps at Ravens' OTAs will lead to him actually starting for the team by the time the regular season rolls around, I do think Forsett will get plenty of playing time in 2014. Forsett is like a poor man's Darren Sproles, and he could be a great change-of-pace.

Buffalo Bills- WR Robert Woods

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Buffalo Bills- WR Robert Woods

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While fellow receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams have received most of the attention for the Bills this offseason, Robert Woods is the player to keep an eye on. Woods showed a lot of promise in his rookie season, and I think he will give the Bills a great option in the slot.

Carolina Panthers- FS Thomas DeCoud

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Carolina Panthers- FS Thomas DeCoud

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A former Pro Bowler, Thomas DeCoud was signed this offseason by the Carolina Panthers in the hopes he will be able to rebound from an inconsistent 2013 season. DeCoud is perhaps the most important player in Carolina's secondary, and I expect him to respond well to the extra pressure.

Chicago Bears- DE Willie Young

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Chicago Bears- DE Willie Young

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Jared Allen may be the one getting the headlines in Chicago, but it's actually the under-the-radar Willie Young who looks to be the big producer in 2014. Young showed flashes of brilliance in his limited playing time with the Lions, and with a bigger role, expect bigger production from Young.

Cincinnati Bengals- WR Mohamed Sanu

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Cincinnati Bengals- WR Mohamed Sanu

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The third receiver on Cincinnati's depth chart behind A.J. Green and Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu looks ready to take on a bigger role in 2014. Apparently Sanu is going to be used in a variety of different ways, and that will lead to some big production.

Cleveland Browns- WR Andrew Hawkins

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Cleveland Browns- WR Andrew Hawkins

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With Josh Gordon facing a year-long suspension for the Browns, Andrew Hawkins has become the team's default No. 1 receiver, and apparently he's handling it well. He's been inconsistent throughout his career, but Hawkins could be ready for a breakout year.

Dallas Cowboys- DE Demarcus Lawrence

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Dallas Cowboys- DE Demarcus Lawrence

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Drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to replace departed star pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, Demarcus Lawrence must prove he's ready for the big time in his rookie season. With excellent speed and instincts, Lawrence figures to make an immediate impact as a pass-rusher.

Denver Broncos- DT Sylvester Williams

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Denver Broncos- DT Sylvester Williams

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Seldom used as a rookie, Sylvester Williams didn't make much of an impact in his neophyte season, but he appears ready for a bigger role this upcoming season. Williams is a great run-stuffer, and with some continued improvement in pass-rushing, he could be a great player.

Detroit Lions- OLB Kyle Van Noy

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Detroit Lions- OLB Kyle Van Noy

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Thought to be a steal in the second round of this year's draft for the Lions, outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is already impressing the team. Van Noy has a reputation for being a fast learner and a reliable producer, and it appears those qualities have translated nicely to the NFL.

Green Bay Packers- RB Johnathan Franklin

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Green Bay Packers- RB Johnathan Franklin

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Considered by many to be one of the best running backs available in the 2013 draft, it was surprising to see the Packers pick Johnathan Franklin up in the fourth round last year. Franklin was overshadowed by fellow rookie Eddie Lacy in 2013, but he could become quite the playmaker in his second season.

Houston Texans- DT Louis Nix III

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Houston Texans- DT Louis Nix III

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One of the biggest steals of the 2014 draft class, Louis Nix III lasted all the way to the third round where the Houston Texans were able to pick him up. Disruptive and totally motivated to produce, Nix will be quite the player.

Indianapolis Colts- OLB Bjoern Werner

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Indianapolis Colts- OLB Bjoern Werner

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Although he didn't have a great rookie season statistically, Bjoern Werner showed promise for the Colts in 2013. He's apparently only gotten better this offseason, and he could make a huge impact.

Jacksonville Jaguars- RB Storm Johnson

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Jacksonville Jaguars- RB Storm Johnson

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A huge steal for the Jaguars in the seventh round of this year's draft, Storm Johnson brings some size and physicality to the Jacksonville backfield. Toby Gerhart is the team's starter right now, but Johnson could end up outproducing him.

Kansas City Chiefs- TE Travis Kelce

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Kansas City Chiefs- TE Travis Kelce

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Despite the fact he didn't play his rookie season and is still sitting out due to a knee injury, second-year tight end Travis Kelce has the talent to be quite the player. If he can regain his health, Kelce could be the type of tight end who can take Kansas City's offense to the next level.

Miami Dolphins- RB Lamar Miller

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Miami Dolphins- RB Lamar Miller

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Thought to be in line for a major breakout season in 2013, Lamar Miller failed to live up to expectations, and as a result, the Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno this offseason. However, Miller apparently is in better shape at OTAs and is thoroughly outplaying Moreno. He once again appears poised for a breakout year.

Minnesota Vikings- DT Sharrif Floyd

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Minnesota Vikings- DT Sharrif Floyd

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With Kevin Williams now gone, the Vikings need someone like Sharrif Floyd to step up at the defensive tackle position. One of the top prospects at his position in last year's draft, Floyd didn't have a great rookie season, but he still has great potential. Expect him to become a force.

New England Patriots- RB Brandon Bolden

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New England Patriots- RB Brandon Bolden

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Down the stretch last season and into the playoffs, the New England Patriots relied upon powerful running from LeGarrette Blount. However, with Blount now gone, that responsibility falls onto Brandon Bolden's shoulders, and he should be just fine.

New Orleans Saints- WR Brandon Coleman

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New Orleans Saints- WR Brandon Coleman

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In my opinion, Brandon Coleman was the best receiver to go undrafted this year, and the Saints are getting a huge steal. Coleman is a big, strong target, and he will fit in nicely in New Orleans.

New York Giants- TE Adrien Robinson

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New York Giants- TE Adrien Robinson

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Although he's largely unproven to this point in his career, Adrien Robinson is on my radar as a player ready to break out. With great athletic ability and some experience under his belt, Robinson will be a big-time contributor.

New York Jets- CB Dee Milliner

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New York Jets- CB Dee Milliner

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Although he's coming off a very disappointing rookie season in which he was toasted repeatedly in coverage, Dee Milliner has made a lot of progress since his rookie season and could be a surprising player in 2014. Milliner has great potential in coverage, and he could be a great player in year two.

Oakland Raiders- WR Greg Little

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Oakland Raiders- WR Greg Little

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After three very disappointing and inconsistent years with the Cleveland Browns, Greg Little finds himself now a member of the Oakland Raiders. Little may have had a rough time in Cleveland, but he still has great potential. I think he could revive his career in Oakland.

Philadelphia Eagles- CB Jaylen Watkins

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Philadelphia Eagles- CB Jaylen Watkins

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A fourth-round selection in this year's draft, Jaylen Watkins is a great fit for the Philadelphia Eagles. Watkins should be an instant starter and a great producer.

Pittsburgh Steelers- NT Cam Thomas

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Pittsburgh Steelers- NT Cam Thomas

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Perhaps the most underrated nose tackle in the NFL, Cam Thomas should have a big impact with the Steelers in 2014. Thomas is a great athlete, and he will improve the Steelers' entire defensive line.

San Diego Chargers- TE Ladarius Green

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San Diego Chargers- TE Ladarius Green

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Trapped behind Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green hasn't yet gotten his chance to shine in the NFL. That said, Gates is getting older, and as a result, Green will finally get a chance to prove his worth in 2014 and should immediately become a playmaker.

San Francisco 49ers- WR Quinton Patton

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San Francisco 49ers- WR Quinton Patton

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Despite an underwhelming rookie season in which he only managed three receptions, Quinton Patton looks primed to enjoy success in 2014. Patton will be a dangerous No. 3 receiver with the potential to become even more.

Seattle Seahawks- RB Christine Michael

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Seattle Seahawks- RB Christine Michael

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While I don't believe he will take away the starting job away from Marshawn Lynch, I do believe Christine Michael will be an excellent change-of-pace in 2014. Michael has shown up big in OTAs so far, and he looks ready to explode.

St. Louis Rams- WR Stedman Bailey

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St. Louis Rams- WR Stedman Bailey

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A third-rounder last season, Stedman Bailey showed promise in limited action, and his role is likely to expand in year two. Bailey has excellent potential as a slot receiver, and I think he's ready to take the next step.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- WR Louis Murphy

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers- WR Louis Murphy

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While Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans have received all the hype this offseason as far as the Buccaneers' receivers are concerned, it's Louis Murphy who could end up being the team's real weapon. Murphy is a great slot receiver, and he can produce when given an opportunity.

Tennessee Titans- DT Sammie Hill

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Tennessee Titans- DT Sammie Hill

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A very underrated defensive tackle, Sammie Hill looks ready to take the next step toward stardom for the Titans. Hill is extremely athletic for a man of his size, and he will be a great piece of Tennessee's defensive line.

Washington Redskins- RB Lache Seastrunk

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Washington Redskins- RB Lache Seastrunk

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Widely considered to be a steal in sixth round of this year's draft, Lache Seastrunk provides the Redskins with a great change-of-pace option behind Alfred Morris. Seastrunk will be a playmaker right away.