Who is each team’s most likely candidate to emerge as a standout this year?
They could be a young prospect making their NFL debut, a second-year performer who showed signs of stardom as a rookie or even a veteran who is finally in the right place at the right time. Forecasting players on the verge of a breakout season isn’t an exact science. But the following 32 individuals, one for each team, could be on the verge of some big things in 2020.
The following performers have never earned a Pro Bowl invitation or been named All Pro (obviously when referring to rookies). In any case, here’s a look at the choice for each team’s breakout player this upcoming season.
Each NFL team’s breakout star in 2020
Arizona Cardinals: LB Isaiah Simmons
Kliff Kingsbury’s team gave up the most total yards in the league this past season and the Cardinals surrendered 38 touchdown passes, 16 to tight ends alone. General manager Steve Keim used the eighth overall selection in April on Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, who could cure a lot of the team’s issues when it comes to coverage underneath.
Atlanta Falcons: TE Hayden Hurst
Dan Quinn’s team lost two-time Pro Bowl tight and Austin Hooper in free agency to the Cleveland Browns. Hayden Hurst was obtained via trade and if quarterback Matt Ryan uses the former first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens as he did Hooper the last few years the third year could be the charm for the 6’4”, 245-pound target.
Baltimore Ravens: S Chuck Clark
The reigning AFC North champions seem to be still mulling over last year’s playoff loss to the Titans. In any case, general manager Eric DeCosta was busy this offseason trying to fill some holes on defense. Safety Chuck Clark led the Ravens with 68 stops and also knocked down nine passes. Look for him to improve his play against the run.
Buffalo Bills: RB Devin Singletary
Thanks to the team’s offseason work in terms of the offensive line, the Bills’ ground game was much-improved in 2019 as it relied more on running backs and less on quarterback Josh Allen. Rookie Devin Singletary led the club with 775 rushing yards, finished with 969 yards from scrimmage (4 touchdowns) and bears watching this year.