In 2012, 15 NFL players are going to see their stats shoot through the roof.
Every year, there are guys who start to drop off and guys who disappear completely. However, the show must go on. Young guys naturally fill the void and burst onto the scene as older guys move on to greener, less concussion-filled pastures.
While it's worth taking a look at which guys have reason to be optimistic, keep in mind that not all of these guys will, in fact, blow up next season. Some will undoubtedly get hurt, others replaced and some will simply fail to live up to expectations.
There will be plenty of guys not on this list who come out of nowhere and help teams much more than anticipated, a la Antonio Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.
Finally, players who made the list are (in almost all cases) not coming off major injuries. It would be far too easy to write about how Jamaal Charles is going to erase the memories of his torn ACL. Those who did suffer injuries last season and still made the list did so because they have other reasons for optimism in 2012.