Every years, some NFL players burst onto the national spotlight with breakout seasons. Here are 10 players who are sleeper candidates for 2020.
When the NFL season kicks off, major expectations for greatness already rest upon the shoulders of some of the league’s most established superstars like Patrick Mahomes, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas and countless others.
Even still, while those players will dominate storylines throughout the season, it will be stars of tomorrow that seemingly come out of nowhere to take the league by storm and become standouts in their own rights.
What players top the list of most likely to go from sleepers to stars in the 2020 NFL season?
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
In the second round of this year’s draft, the Rams selected Florida State running back Cam Akers. This came as a surprise after the team appeared ready to give youngster Darrell Henderson the bulk of the carries.
However, Henderson failed to secure the starting job a season ago despite Todd Gurley’s struggles, and managed only 39 carries for 147 yards in 13 games.
Additionally, Akers is a legitimate three-down back with play-making potential. With the Seminoles in 2019, he notched 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns in 11 games. Overall, Akers put up almost 3,000 rushing yards while also adding nearly 500 yards receiving in college.
Look for Akers to seize the every down back role early in the season, and begin his ascent to stardom.