10 Players With the Most To Prove In NFL Week 1

NFL Week 1: 10 Players With the Most To Prove

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Heading into the 2014 NFL season, certain players have something to prove. Whether they left the 2013 season with something to be desired, or they signed a new contract, these ten players all must prove their worth come Week 1.

10. Aaron Rodgers

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10. Aaron Rodgers

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For the last few seasons, Aaron Rodgers has been considered by some not only the best quarterback in the NFL, but the best player. After a collarbone injury sidelined him for half of the 2013 season, people forgot about Mr. Rodgers. If the 30-year-old quarterback makes a statement Week 1 against the Seahawks, he’ll instantly regain his reputation.

9. Josh McCown

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9. Josh McCown

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Had Jim Harbaugh been the coach of the Bears last season, Josh McCown would still be slinging passes to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Instead Marc Trestman decided to stick with Jay Cutler, essentially giving McCown the boot. Now as the starter in Tampa Bay, having two equally-sized receivers as those in Chicago, McCown sets out to prove his 2013 fill-in season was no fluke.

8. Darrelle Revis

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8. Darrelle Revis

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Ever since his knee injury, people have questioned whether Darrelle Revis would return to greatness or fade off onto his island. After a quick stop in Tampa Bay, Revis has found a new home in New England where one can only assume Bill Belichick will get the best out of him and solidify his spot alongside Richard Sherman as the best shutdown corner.

7. Michael Crabtree

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7. Michael Crabtree

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Speaking of Richard Sherman, the last time we heard about Crabtree, he was being called out on America’s most-watched event of the year. He must prove to everyone that he is not a “sorry” receiver.

6. Randall Cobb

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6. Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
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In the justice system, the rule is innocent until proven guilty. In the NFL, it’s the same – you have to earn your stardom before being treated like a star. Randall Cobb is the exception to that rule. In two out of his three seasons, Cobb hasn’t gone over 433 receiving yards. In the other, he came up short of 1,000. He’s projected as a top-10 fantasy receiver, but the way I see it, he has to prove he’s got what it takes first.

5. Ryan Mathews

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5. Ryan Mathews

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It’s been a bumpy ride for San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews. Now, coming off his first healthy and relatively successful season, he must prove he can do it consistently.

4. Nick Foles

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4. Nick Foles

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What a year Nick Foles had as a first-time NFL starter. 27 touchdowns to two interceptions is about as remarkable a ratio as the league has ever seen. Foles sets out in 2014 to show that it was no fluke.

3. Robert Griffin III

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3. Robert Griffin III

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RGIII’s rookie season was a revelation. His second year – not so much. The third-year quarterback has shown us that he can be a dominant quarterback when on the field. Now he must prove that he has learned how to avoid getting hurt and stay on the field.

2. Andy Dalton

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2. Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
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In the offseason, Andy Dalton inked a new deal, showing the Bengals' trust in him. While his regular seasons have been solid to say the least, his game must be elevated when it matters most to earn his new bonus.

1. Steven Jackson

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1. Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons
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Steven Jackson is on a mission to prove that age is just a number. From 2005 to 2012, Jackson never missed a 1,000-yard season. Last season, Jackson only rushed for 543 yards. He turned 30 during training camp leading into that season. Atlanta is still looking at him to be their top runner, but are his best years behind him?

Chris Lehman is a New Orleans Saints Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisBreezy91, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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