Every NFL team’s breakout star for this season

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Cincinnati Bengals
Illinois running back Chase Brown (RB04): Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Breakout NFL candidates for 2023: Cincinnati Bengals – Chase Brown

This one feels too obvious, but it is hard to ignore how the Cincinnati Bengals are still dealing with running back drama this late into the offseason. We are close to starting training camp, and somehow Joe Mixon is still a member of this roster. There’s been talk of contract restructuring, but nothing has been broken by the many NFL Insiders yet.

Maybe there’s a chance that Mixon stays on this roster, but that won’t stop Chase Brown from having an awesome season in an awesome offense. Brown has been putting in extra work during camp. He’s a rookie, so one should expect him to go above and beyond, but this seems excessive. He’s worked extra hard of becoming a receiving back, something Mixon excels at when he’s at his best. Brown has been studying how to be the best possible NFL running back, something his quarterback Joe Burrow will notice.

It seems likely Mixon will spend this season on his second NFL franchise. There’s so much running back turmoil, with Dalvin Cook still looking for an NFL home. The Bengals have no interest in paying Mixon, especially with Brown looking so good this offseason.

This is a high-impact fantasy play. Chase Brown could be the top rookie in fantasy points, and yes we’re including Bijan Robinson. Brown could be awesome from the start.