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10 NFL Players You Should Cheer For In 2014

10 NFL Players You Should Cheer For In 2014

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With the 2014 NFL preseason now in full force, numerous players are attempting to rebound from injuries or lackluster seasons to become interesting storylines this year. Newcomer Michael Sam is making history, while Minnesota Viking rookie quarterback is out to prove the league draft process is flawed. Here are 10 players who football fans should cheer for this year.

10. DT Henry Melton, Dallas Cowboys

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10. DT Henry Melton, Dallas Cowboys

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The talented Texan was one of the top interior penetrators in the NFL before suffering an ACL injury in the third game last year. The former Chicago Bears Pro Bowler had 13 combined sacks between the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

9. WR John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

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9. WR John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

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The speedy Division II standout out of Pittsburg State has been impressive in camp and is challenging veteran Ted Ginn Jr. for a starting spot. The three-time AP Little All-American ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash (4.34) at this year's NFL Draft Combine.

8. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

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8. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

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The former Louisville standout dropped from the top to bottom of the first round in a shocking NFL draft mystery. The 21 year old consistently won in both high school and college, but lost millions due to the draft process. Can Teddy Bridgewater prove that the so-called experts are not experts at all?

7. DT Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

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7. DT Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

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A torn right Achilles tendon ended the five-time Pro Bowler's season in the fourth game last year. The 32 year old is one of the premier run stuffers in the NFL, and also started the Vince Wilfork Foundation, a charity that supports diabetes research.

6. QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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6. QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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The undrafted free agent has learned the hard way that quarterbacks of the Dallas Cowboys are measured by Super Bowl rings and not team records. The 34 year old, a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the league's top signal-callers, continues to be heavily criticized by local fans.

5. LG Jonathan Cooper, Arizona Cardinals

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5. LG Jonathan Cooper, Arizona Cardinals

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The seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, the 24-year-old former All-American broke his leg in a preseason game and missed his entire rookie season. The inexperienced lineman will be feeling the pressure of recovering from a major injury and protecting QB Carson Palmer's blind side.

4. DE DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos

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4. DE DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos

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The seven-time NFL Pro Bowler has been a dominant force since entering the league in 2005 with 117 sacks, 32 forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. The longtime Dallas Cowboy will try to help Peyton Manning reach back-to-back Super Bowl this season.

3. TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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3. TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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The Gronk had a nightmarish 2013 that included a serious forearm infection, back surgery and a gruesome knee injury that tore both his ACL and MCL. The 25-year-old New Yorker, who started the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, is slated to be back at practice next week.

2. QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

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2. QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

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The 2010 No. 1 overall pick was finally living up to the hype last season before tearing his ACL in Week 7. The 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner had completed more than 60 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and just four picks before going on Injured Reserve.

1. DE Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams

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1. DE Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams

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The first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, Michael Sam turned in an impressive NFL debut in a preseason loss to the New Orleans Saints. The former All-American and last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year left no doubt that he belongs in the league.

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