The 2017 NFL season begins in September. The excitement over the new season comes to no surprise as every American sports fan considers the NFL as one of the most popular sports leagues in the nation, plus the fact that the reigning Super Bowl LI champions, New England Patriots will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on opening day. And of course, there’s the fantasy league, NFL free picks, and people trying to get some heads-up on early betting odds.
While it is common to read previews of the teams who might be contenders for this season, it’s probably great to change things up a bit by talking about the players to watch instead.
1 – Robert Griffin III
Griffin played for the Cleveland Browns last season before the team cut his in March this year. However, even if Griffin was recently cut, he’s still far from calling it quits. A recipient of the 2011 Heisman trophy, it’s hard to imagine him sitting out the new season and if we were to bet on it, we’ll go for him finding a new team sooner than later.
2 – Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is one of the most popular football players in the NFL today. Although part of that popularity is because of the epic meltdown he and his team, Atlanta Falcons went through after giving up a huge lead against New England and eventually lose the Super Bowl. Quite interestingly, this could very well be the reason to keep an eye on Ryan’s performance in the upcoming season since he definitely will be hungrier and more desperate to bounce back.
3 – Michael Thomas
After totaling 92 catches and 1,137 yards last season, the sky is the limit for Thomas in the upcoming season. Considering that the Saints are likely to boost their offense in the upcoming NFL season, it only means Thomas will be in for a bigger and more crucial role. If there is one good proof of the enormous potential found in Thomas, it has to be the fact that during his rookie season, he managed to break franchise records for a rookie in touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards.
4 – Blake Bortles
Bortles is one of the younger quarterbacks in the league and he comes in with a lot of redeeming to do after a disappointing season last year. The third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft has all the support he need from the Jacksonville Jaguars and he sure does have the talent to be one of the best in the NFL, provided he’ll be more mature coming in to the new season.