While rookies can make a big impact in their first year, we usually do not really see what we have until year 2 or 3. In addition we have players who will be in their second year in Judges system. While we are hoping for a few great free agent signings and draft picks. Success next year will also be largely determined by the current players on the roster.
So what rookies, practice squad, last season injured, last season role players or players that having broken out yet make the biggest jumps. Who are your surprise candidates that will be impact players or major contributors. Who is your number 1 breakout player?
Some potential players to get the conversation started.
Dante Pettis--I like what I saw in a small amount
Matt Peart--Year 2, weight room for a year, no covid, looks the part.
Kyle Murphy--no idea what we have in him but interested if he pushes for a starting spot.
B.J. Hill--had some great snaps last season and looked promising rookie year. Sometime DL take a few years to shine. If Tomlinson is gone, do we see BJ Hill make a jump.
Niko Lalos--nose for the ball. A few lucky bounces last season? Career role player, nice one year story or more?
The linebackers as a whole have a lot of potential breakout players or they may stay as solid role players
Darnay Holmes--cb is hard as a rookie, do we have our CB2, or a nice slot corner.
Xavier McKinney--we just got a taste.
There are many more to consider.
If I had to choose 1 breakout player for next season, my pick is Sandro Platzgummer. Just kidding. My pick goes to Oshane Ximines. I think he will have 10 sacks this season. I think he is a good match for this coaching staff.