The NFL season kicks off tomorrow night, and as always, I’ll be watching my Redskins this weekend, hoping they can put together a playoff season. But I’ll also be watching some other exciting players this season to see what they can do.
5. Vince Young, QB, Tennessee Titans
Some of the things Vince did last year as a rookie were just incredible. With Michael Vick otherwise indisposed, Young takes the crown as the most exciting running QB in the league. Also, he lost almost all of the offensive talent around him, so if the Titans are going to be good, he’s going to need to be a one-man show. I don’t know if he can pull it off, but I want to see him try.
4. Jamaal Anderson, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Because of the aforementioned Michael Vick absence, there really aren’t many reasons to watch the Falcons, but Anderson is definitely one of them. I’ve written about him before, but putting his personal story aside, he really is an exciting player on the field. He plays a north-south style of defensive end and can get to the quarterback quickly.
3. Brady Quinn, QB, Cleveland Browns
I know Quinn isn’t technically the Browns starting QB. But if you saw him play in the preseason, you know he should be. In fact, he might be the only person on their roster capable of playing anything resembling quarterback. You might hate Quinn just because he went to Notre Dame and never won a big game, but there’s no denying the guy can play. Plus, he’s got some nice weapons around him (“Blingy” Edwards, Sgt. Kellen Winslow, etc.) so the Browns might not be unwatchable for once.
2. Devin Hester, WR/KR, Chicago Bears
Look, let’s be honest. If Devin Hester never did anything in his career besides return kicks, he’d be an exciting player to watch. But now the Bears are using him on offense. This may or may not work -- Hester was moved to DB at Miami because he couldn’t catch -- but I need to see it happen before I’m sold on it. At least you can count on Chicago finding creative ways to get the ball in his hands: screens, reverses, etc. And once the ball is in his hands, look out.
1. Jason Campbell, QB, Washington Redskins
What, you were expecting me to go with maybe a Ravens player here. Or a Cowboy. Not a fucking chance. This is full year 1 of the Jason Campbell era, and it needs to be a good one. I’m not saying the ‘Skins need to make the playoffs, but Campbell needs to show that he can lead the team to the playoffs at some point in the near future. He’s got the talent around him to lean on. The biggest question mark (outside of Campbell himself) is the offensive line. But really, how can you not like a 'Skins QB wearing number 17:
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