25 Most Dynamic NFL Players NFL Fans Love to Watch
One reason fans love to watch football is to see players showcase their jaw-dropping skills on the field. Coaches also search for players who are dynamic and versatile and try to bring them to their team.
Through the years, fans have watched many players with tremendous talent. These players keep our eyes glued to our big-screen high definition flat screens or will force us into buying a ticket to see them in person.
Today, the NFL has many dynamic players who fans enjoy watching today. The 25 most dynamic players who fans enjoy watching are listed in this slideshow. Look through and let me know what you agree or disagree with!
Broncos QB Peyton Manning
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It is hard to come up with reasons why Peyton Manning should not be on this list. Even though he missed all of the 2011 season, fans have missed Manning and will tune in to see his games with the Denver Broncos.
Everyone is familiar with Manning. A former Super Bowl MVP and a four-time regular season MVP who at one point held the record for most passing touchdowns in a single season.
While most players tend to struggle after being out of action for a long time, Manning is one of those players who can bounce back despite being 36 years old.
This offseason was different for Manning, as it was his first time becoming a free agent. He eventually came to terms with the Broncos. Fans are excited to see Manning back on the gridiron and to see what he can do to help the Broncos.
Patriots QB Tom Brady
Like Manning, Tom Brady is no stranger to football fans.
Brady has been named the league's MVP twice and has won three Super Bowl rings, winning the game MVP in two of them. He has helped the Patriots win the AFC title five times in his career and broke Manning’s record for most touchdown passes in a single-season.
Although he will turn 35 years old before the regular season kicks off, Brady continues to put up big passing numbers to help the New England Patriots in contention for championships. Last year, Brady threw for over 5,000 yards and has thrown over 30 touchdown passes each of the last two seasons.
Brady has assertive pass-catchers, as you will read about soon, who he will rely on to help the Patriots return to the Super Bowl this season.
Giants QB Eli Manning
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At one point, it appeared as if Eli Manning was not going to become the player many were projecting him to be. But ever since his first Super Bowl victory, Manning silenced the critics. But only for a brief period of time.
Manning silenced his critics once again after a grueling 2011 season in which the New York Giants snuck into the postseason with a 9-7 record. The Giants were driven late in the season, and Manning led the NFC East champions to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots after a tough year.
Manning had a career high of 4,933 yards last season. He has not missed a game since November 21, 2004, starting 130 consecutive games including the postseason.
Manning has won with many receivers, as he is now considered as one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. After a successful 2011 season and an offseason full of celebrations, Manning wants to carry his success over to this year.
Jets QB Tim Tebow
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Here is a surprise! Tim Tebow? Yes.
While there are not many Tebow fans out there and think he won't start nor play with the New York Jets, fans were tuning into Tebow's games last season when he was with the Broncos.
Tebow's ability to move around in the pocket and evade defenders might not have impressed fans, but it kept them on their feet during the play. Tebow surprised a lot of fans when he connected on a pass after dodging several defenders.
His statistics are certainly not the greatest, and he has been regarded negatively because of that. But as we saw last season, he kept fans on the edge of their seats and found ways to help the Broncos win.
Love him or hate him, football fans will tune in to watch him.
Eagles QB Michael Vick
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Michael Vick certainly did not have the season he and the Philadelphia Eagles were hoping to have in 2011. However, Vick continues to catch the eye of every NFL fan each week.
When Vick won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2010, it was evident that the league and the fans missed Vick. He has improved as a passer, throwing for a career-high 3,303 yards in 2011. However, Vick had only one rushing touchdown and has not started 16 games since 2006, back when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons.
If Vick stays healthy and can lead the Eagles to a more successful season, Vick will be more dynamic than before and could draw a lot of ratings in 2012.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
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After three years of patience as a backup quarterback, Rodgers has put together an astonishing career and has a Super Bowl victory to show for it.
Rodgers has over 17,000 passing yards, 131 touchdowns and 37 interceptions as a starting quarterback. Rodgers also accumulated 949 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns in his four seasons as a starter.
Last season, Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 15-1 season. Despite not being able to help his team advance in the postseason, Rodgers did well individually and caught a lot of attention for throwing 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Fans like his cannon arm and the way he takes care of the football, preventing a high turnover total to help the Packers.
Saints QB Drew Brees
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Drew Brees brought a lot of life to the city of New Orleans with a Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. Brees has excelled as a member of the New Orleans Saints since 2006.
Last season, Brees could not stay away from the record books. He personally had a career high in passing touchdowns with 46 and completed 71 percent of his passes.
The biggest highlight of his 2011 season was throwing for 5,476 yards and passing Dan Marino as the all-time single season passing yard leader.
This season will be a challenge for Brees, as he is currently under the team’s franchise tag. With head coach Sean Payton suspended for the entire 2012 season, it will be interesting to see how Brees acts as a leader with all of the distractions the Saints have dealt with this offseason.
Ravens RB Ray Rice
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2011 was Ray Rice’s best season in his young career with the Baltimore Ravens. Rice had career highs in rushing yards, receiving yards and touchdowns. Rice rushed for 1,364 yards, caught 704 yards and saw the end zone 15 times.
Rice is responsible for 37 percent of Baltimore’s offense and was a big factor in helping it win one of the toughest divisions in the AFC North.
Rice is the most three-dimensional running back in the league. Football fans have taken notice in him, as he was voted to his second Pro Bowl after last season. As long as Rice remains healthy, there is no reason to believe he won’t be back for another good season and another Pro Bowl.
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew
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The Jacksonville Jaguars 2011 season did not consist of much success after a 5-11 record. However, one bright spot on the team was Maurice Jones-Drew.
After posting back-to-back 1,300-yard seasons in 2009 and 2010, Jones-Drew broke free for 1,606 rushing yards last season. It was a personal high for Jones-Drew.
He and the Jaguars ended the season on a better note by defeating the Colts as Jones-Drew had the best game of the season, rushing for 169 yards.
If quarterback Blaine Gabbert can find consistency in his second year in the league and help the Jaguars become a better passing team, Jones-Drew may not put up another 1,600-yard season, but that won't stop him from finding a way to having another good season.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
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For a player who has been in the league for only three seasons, LeSean McCoy is improving drastically each season to help the Eagles.
He finished fourth in the NFL in rushing last year with 1,309 yards during Philadelphia's setback season, as he has become one of Andy Reid's favorite players. Among all rushers, McCoy led the league in first downs, runs of 20 yards or more and touchdowns.
The best part about McCoy's 2011 season was that he fumbled only once off 321 touches on offense.
McCoy is now considered a reliable veteran and he will have a much bigger role next season in trying to help the Eagles rebound after a disappointing season.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles
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Jamaal Charles went unnoticed in 2009 after rushing for 1,100 yards off 190 carries. The following season, Charles rose over many rushers in the league, running for 1,467 yards while helping the Chiefs win the AFC West. Charles has the speed and ability to gain a lot of yards after finding a hole, and he showed that in 2010.
Charles finished second that season in rushing and won the FedEx Ground Player of the Year award after earning a 6.38 yard per carry average. He came two one-hundredths of a yard shy of the record set by Browns legend Jim Brown.
But 2011 was a devastating year for Charles. He suffered a knee injury in Week 2, placing him on the injured reserve. This took a toll on the Chiefs, as they finished 15th in rushing after finishing first from the season before.
After a long period of recovery, Charles hopes to help the Chiefs become the top-ranked rushing team again while competing in the AFC West.
Saints RB Darren Sproles
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Despite the fact that Darren Sproles stands at 5’6" and weighs in at 190 pounds, he is one of the most electrifying players in the league today and became a better player as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Sproles had a career high of 603 rushing yards last season and a career high of 710 receiving yards. He continued his dominance as a kick returner by returning kickoffs for over 1,000 yards for the fifth straight season, even though kickoffs are now at the 35-yard-line.
He was one of Brees’ favorite targets, as he finished seventh in the league in receptions with 86 .Seven of them went for touchdowns.
As mentioned earlier in Brees’ slideshow, with Payton unavailable for the 2012 season and all of the distractions that have gone down, Sproles might step up and take more of a leadership role with the Saints to keep them focused and try to help this team return to the postseason.
Giants WR Victor Cruz
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Victor Cruz turned into one of the most electrifying receivers during the second half of this season. During his second year in the league, he finished third in receiving yards while the Giants named him the starting wide receiver for the final six games of the regular season.
Cruz caught over 100 yards in five of the final seven games of the season and caught five touchdowns to help the Giants bounce back and win the NFC East.
He also made an impact in the postseason, catching for 142 yards in the NFC Championship game in San Francisco and scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
Now that Cruz is in his third season after an astonishing second season, he wants to take a bigger role with the team and start all 16 games to bring the Giants back to the postseason for another run.
Patriots WR Wes Welker
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From playing for the Miami Dolphins in 2006 to playing for the New England Patriots in 2007, Wes Welker transformed into the most dangerous receiver in the league with Brady as his quarterback.
Brady never had a receiver like Welker during the seasons when the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years. Welker has caught at least 111 passes in four of the five previous seasons.
Last year, Welker led the league in receptions with with 122 and second in yards with 1,569. Welker also tied for first while catching 77 first downs and was a big part in helping the Patriots represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
At one point, Welker was a full-time special teams returner and was one of the underrated returners in the league. Now, fans have noticed his work, and Welker is considered one of the top receivers in the league today.
Welker has never let an injury hold him back and will always do his best to help his team move the football and has the same plans for next season.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson
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Since being drafted out of Georgia Tech, Calvin Johnson has been touted as one of the best receivers to enter the league, and he showed why last season.
Johnson had career receiving highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2011. With Matt Stafford as his quarterback, Johnson had 96 receptions for 1,681 yards and led all wide receivers in the league in receiving touchdowns with 16.
Johnson’s 2011 campaign got off to an amazing start, scoring a pair of touchdowns in each of the first four games of the season.
Johnson and the Detroit Lions achieved a lot of success on offense last season, as the team earned a wildcard spot and appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 1999 season.
Johnson knows that he is a big reason for the team’s success last season and wants to do whatever he can to continue being a leader for his team.
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
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DeSean Jackson is one of the younger receivers in the league who quickly caught the eye of every defensive back and every defensive coordinator in the NFL.
Jackson has put up two 1,000-yard receiving seasons, as he caught over 900 receiving yards in the other two seasons where he did not reach 1,000 yards.
Jackson is one of the fastest and most versatile receivers in the league, as the Eagles have used him in many ways. Jackson has scored a touchdown as a receiver, rusher and punt returner. Fans love his breakaway speed which he has showcased many times.
If Jackson and Vick can stay on the same page, unlike last season, then Jackson could have his breakout season in 2012 and help the Eagles get back into the postseason.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
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While Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe and Mike Ditka are considered some of the best tight ends, as they held or own certain records at their position, Rob Gronkowski is a favorable candidate to shatter any record they own.
Gronkowski has been in the league for two seasons, but he has already evolved into an elite tight end and is a huge fan favorite among Patriots fans. Football fans around the league wanted to see a Patriots game because of him after the media highlighted his work.
Although he is a tight end, Gronkowski is recording numbers higher than many wide receivers in the league today. He caught 10 touchdowns during his rookie season and caught 17 last year. He finished sixth in receiving yards with 1,327 and fifth in receptions with 90. He led the league with 17 touchdown grabs in 2011.
What is next for Gronkowski after two impressive seasons? He may not be able to reach 17 touchdowns, as it is a tough fleet to accomplish. Then again, who is to say that Gronkowski can't improve and can't put higher numbers if Brady is his quarterback?
As long as Brady is on the team, Gronkowski will continue to put up big numbers, making it easy for fans to decide which tight end they should select when it comes to Pro Bowl voting.
Vikings DE Jared Allen
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Defensive players, linemen particularly, usually don't get labeled as dynamic. Jared Allen is an exception to that statement.
In his four years with the Minnesota Vikings after being traded from Kansas City, Allen has came up with 62 sacks, giving him a total of 105 sacks in his career.
Allen is one of the more impressive defensive ends to ever play the game. Even at the age of 30, Allen has not declined and has actually gotten better and faster.
He has unique speed for a defensive end, and he proved why last season as he had a career high of 22 sacks and was half of a sack shy of tying Michael Strahan’s record for most sacks in a single season.
While the Vikings have a lot of work to do to get back on track, Allen will continue to help his team dominate on defense in 2012.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul
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In 2007, Justin Tuck stepped up for the Giants on defense and eventually helped them win the Super Bowl by defeating the once-unbeaten Patriots that year. Four years later, another Giants defensive end blossomed in Jason Pierre-Paul.
In his second year in the league, Pierre-Paul came up with 16.5 sacks and popped two footballs loose. He was a consistent pass-rusher in the postseason and helped the Giants defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl three months ago.
Pierre-Paul is only 23 years old and has a lot of success ahead of him, as he recently became a fan favorite in the NFL.
Redskins ILB London Fletcher
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While he is 36 years old, London Fletcher had one of the best seasons of his career.
Fletcher recorded 166 tackles last season. He led the league in tackles, and it was the most he had in a single season. He also came away with 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles, doing a little bit of everything for the Washington Redskins defense.
The soon-to-be-37-year-old linebacker signed a five-year contract worth $10.75 million. Fletcher has been voted to the last three Pro Bowls and knows he will do well individually, but he hopes with Robert Griffin III as the team's new quarterback, the Redskins can improve as a unit and compete in the NFC East.
49ers ILB Patrick Willis
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From 2007 through 2010, the San Francisco 49ers did not have a dominant defense and were carried by Patrick Willis. Willis had over 100 tackles each of his first four years in the NFL.
Last season, the 49ers defense came together and were in uniform, finishing first in stopping the run and fourth in total defense as they won the NFC West with ease.
Willis did not reach the 100-tackle milestone, but that is because he had help from his teammates. Willis managed to contribute with 97 tackles, two sacks, one interception and forced a career high of four fumbles in 2011.
Willis and the 49ers fell short in the NFC Championship Game, but that did not take away how well they did defensively, and he hopes that the 49ers can continue to dominate on defense next season.
Texans ILB Brian Cushing
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Brian Cushing was all over the field for the Houston Texans in 2011 and has made his presence known early in his career. As a linebacker, he has helped the Texans defense improve and last year was no exception, as the Texans finished second in the league in total defense.
In his three-year career since coming out of USC, Cushing has racked up over 300 tackles, 9.5 sacks, six interceptions and forced five fumbles. Cushing had four of those sacks last year, while the Texans won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history.
Fans voted Cushing to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season, but have not voted him back in since then. If Cushing continues to improve and make an impact all over the field, fans won’t think twice and will help him earn his second Pro Bowl ticket in 2012 as the Texans look to dominate again on defense.
Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware
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DeMarcus Ware is considered one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL today, as he has been one of the more reliable players for the Dallas Cowboys. He gives Cowboys fans something to watch, even during down seasons.
Ware has finished in the top 10 in sacks since 2006 and has placed in the top five three times. Ware led the league in sacks in 2008 with 20 and in 2010 with 15.5. He has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks with 99.5 sacks and 27 forced fumbles. Last season, he finished second in the league in sacks with 19.5
As one of the more prominent pass-rushers in the league, fans have enjoyed watching Ware and have voted him to the Pro Bowl each of the last six seasons. Ware not only hopes to make it seven seasons, but he wants to make sure that the Cowboys can play well and finish strong after a disappointing finish in the regular season.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis
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Darrelle Revis has had five tremendous years in the NFL while playing for the Jets. Revis is one of the more reliable cornerbacks in the NFL today. As a lockdown corner, many receivers have not played well against the Jets because of Revis' ability to defend.
In his five seasons in New York, Revis has started 77 games, recording 18 interceptions and collecting 363 yards off interceptions. He had four interceptions last year and finished third in return yards with 181, including a 100-yard interception he took all the way back for a touchdown.
Fans have voted the former AFC Defensive Player of the Year to the Pro Bowl four times.
After a roller coaster season last year, Revis wants to help the Jets contend in the AFC East and get back to the AFC Championship Game and eventually win their first Super Bowl.
Ravens S Ed Reed
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He is one of the oldest, yet top-notch safeties in the NFL. Ed Reed has meant a lot to the Ravens franchise, as he and a couple of other defensive players on the team have made a big impact on Baltimore’s defense.
Reed is an elite safety for his ability to limit some of the best receivers and other offensive players he has gone up against since 2002.
With 10 seasons under his belt, Reed snagged 65 interceptions and has over 1,600 return yards, including games in the postseason. Reed needs 21 yards to pass Rod Woodson for most interception return yards in a career during the regular season.
Reed has led the league in interceptions three times and in interception return yards twice.
After eight Pro Bowl selections and eight All-Pro honors, Reed is ready to come back for more to help the Ravens in 2012.