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10 Players Ready To Break Out In NFL Week 1

NFL Week 1: 10 Players Ready To Break Out

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Well, it's finally time, football fans. Week 1 is just around the corner, and it all starts on Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks play host to the Green Bay Packers. As with the start of any season, there are always great storylines waiting to happen, including the potential of breakout stars emerging this first week. Here are ten players who are primed for breakout performances in this first week of football.

10. Jamie Collins

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10. Jamie Collins

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The New England Patriots rarely used Jamie Collins for most of last year in his rookie season. However, he began to play a more prominent role towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. Collins' versatility makes him a candidate to be an every-down linebacker for the Patriots. His ability to rush the passer should see him get one or two sacks against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins.

9. Cordarrelle Patterson

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9. Cordarrelle Patterson

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Last year, Cordarrelle Patterson put himself on the map as one of the premier returners in the NFL as a rookie. This year, Patterson figures to play a more prominent role in the offense. The Minnesota Vikings should use the speedster however they can, because every time he touches the ball he's a threat to score. Look for one or two scores from the second-year player against the St. Louis Rams.

8. Ladarius Green

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8. Ladarius Green

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With Antonio Gates on the decline of his career, Ladarius Green is the next in line as the featured middle-of-the-field target in the San Diego Chargers' offense. Green is an athletic freak -- much like Gates was when he entered the league -- and he will have more opportunities to show that off this season. Gates will likely still see more snaps, but Green should get a few chances against the Arizona Cardinals' injury-depleted defense.

7. Andre Ellington

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7. Andre Ellington

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The Arizona Cardinals have openly stated that they want Andre Ellington to be a 20-carry back for them this year. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season as the backup to now-retired Rashard Mendenhall. Now as the feature back, Ellington will try to replicate that kind of production on a bigger scale for the Cardinals. He should go over 100 yards in his first start against the San Diego Chargers.

6. Markus Wheaton

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6. Markus Wheaton

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Markus Wheaton was often compared to former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace before he was drafted in 2013. Now he gets to chance to prove that comparison right as he takes over Wallace's old role in the Steelers' offense. With a year under his belt, Wheaton is primed for a breakout Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

5. Kenny Vaccaro

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5. Kenny Vaccaro

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Kenny Vaccaro has the potential to be something really special in this league. He possesses all the traits of an elite safety and was great for the New Orleans Saints last season as a rookie. After an impressive rookie campaign, Vaccaro comes back looking to make a bigger name for himself league-wide against a pass-happy Atlanta Falcons team in Week 1.

4. Jermaine Kearse

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4. Jermaine Kearse

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A practice squad player just two years ago, Jermaine Kearse has emerged as one of the primary weapons in the Seattle Seahawks' offense. Even better, his best games came in the postseason last year. Kearse has a knack for making big plays in big moments. In a receiving corps full of undersized players, he's one of the few big targets for Russell Wilson. That means he should have a few chances in the end zone against the Green Bay Packers.

3. Toby Gerhart

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3. Toby Gerhart

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After being the runner-up for the 2009 Heisman Trophy, Toby Gerhart was drafted out of Stanford by the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately for Gerhart, that meant that he had no chance to start because of the guy ahead of him: Adrian Peterson. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Gerhart in the offseason, and he should get every opportunity available to have a breakout Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Ben Tate

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2. Ben Tate

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Finally, Ben Tate can realize his potential. After years of running behind Arian Foster is Houston, Tate arrives in Cleveland as the feature back. We all know he's talented enough to handle the workload. Foster's durability has always been a question, and when he was injured Tate filled in admirably. With no one ahead of him and a questionable passing game, Tate will be relied upon heavily in their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1. Montee Ball

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1. Montee Ball

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Knowshon Moreno was the starting running back in the Denver Broncos' record-setting offense last year. After Moreno's departure to Miami, Montee Ball will take over as the featured back. Ball will receive 20-25 touches Sunday night, and in this offense, he should put up some big numbers for the Broncos against the Indianapolis Colts.

Connor Frederickson is a Seattle Seahawks Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @cfredrun or add him to your network on Google.