10 NFL Players on the Cusp of Elite Status

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10 NFL Players on the Cusp of Elite Status
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The word "elite" is one that gets thrown around a lot when talking about NFL players. 

It's such an undefinable word—a word with so many different meanings and associated opinions that it is nearly impossible to pin down an exact definition. 

Still, that doesn't stop "elite" from being used as one of the NFL's most identifiable ways of rating the top players in the game. 

Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are clearly "elite." Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware, etc—can all say the same. 

But what about the players on the very cusp of entering that conversation? 

We're here to break down those players who are teetering the line between very, very good and the all-encompassing "elite" status. 

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