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10 NFL Stars Ready For Huge Seasons In 2014

10 NFL Stars Ready For Huge Seasons In 2014

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
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With the first preseason games of 2014 in the books, we are getting closer to real football. A lot still has to be figured out on all 32 rosters, but let’s shift our focus to the league’s stars. Here are 10 standout players who are ready for big seasons in 2014.

10. Tom Brady

Tom Brady New England Patriots
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10. Tom Brady

Tom Brady New England Patriots
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At age 37, Tom Brady is no spring chicken, but his uncharacteristic 2013 statistics shouldn’t be taken at face value, as he was throwing to a largely wide-eyed, inexperienced group of pass catchers. Look for Brady to make magic happen with a receiving corps that has shown steady improvement this offseason as he chases that pesky fourth ring.

9. DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware Denver Broncos
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9. DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware Denver Broncos
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Anyone who saw DeMarcus Ware’s dominant performance this week against the Seattle Seahawks knows he is primed for big things in 2014. It would be pretty surprising if Ware didn’t put up double-digit sack numbers. Really, he should be in the ballpark of 15 quarterback takedowns.

8. Jordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns
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8. Jordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns
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With Josh Gordon’s status for 2014 in doubt, Jordan Cameron is the focal point of the Cleveland Browns’ passing offense. His blend of size and athleticism compares to elite tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.

7. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
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7. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
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If there’s any player who's resistant to the Madden cover curse, it’s Richard Sherman. Look for the Stanford graduate to continue to talk the talk and walk the walk as the league’s most spellbinding figure.

6. Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears
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6. Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears
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The package deal of extremely high production and consistency is hard to come by at the wide receiving position, but year in and year out, Brandon Marshall puts up jaw-dropping numbers. He’s posted five triple-digit reception seasons, and there is no reason to believe why that will change this year, barring injury.

5. Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams
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5. Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams
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If the St. Louis Rams weren’t in such a small market, Robert Quinn would be a household name. He’s improved steadily each season, from 5.0 to 10.5 to 19.0 sacks in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. You can bet that the reigning NFC sacks leader has his eyes set on Defensive Player of the Year honors.

4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
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4. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
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Aaron Rodgers will be eager to make up for lost time after playing in only 10 games last season. Now that the Green Bay Packers have a solid running game piloted by Eddie Lacy, Rodgers will torment defensive coordinators with the play-action.

3. Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
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3. Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
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The third year is designated as the time when a player fully grows into his own, so expectations are high for Andrew Luck in 2014. With a stacked wide receiver group featuring a rejuvenated Hakeem Nicks, Luck should be viewed as a dark horse candidate for the MVP award.

2. Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers San Diego Chargers
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2. Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers San Diego Chargers
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Circle Oct. 19 and Dec. 28 on your calendar — that’s when Brandon Flowers will face off the Kansas City Chiefs, who surprisingly released the Pro Bowl cornerback this offseason. Players love to prove their former teams wrong, so Flowers’ motivation has to be through the roof right now.

1. Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Eagles
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1. Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin Philadelphia Eagles
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The tragedy of last year’s preseason, Jeremy Maclin hasn’t played in a meaningful NFL game for about a year and a half. Needless to say, he will be eager to prove that he is fully capable of being the main man in the Eagles’ passing attack after the departure of DeSean Jackson.