Before last season, anyone could tell you that the NFC East was pound-for-pound one of the most talented divisions in the league. So why was the division winner 7-7 going into Week 16?
It certainly doesn't help that each team's schedule has six games against the other three teams in the division. Only one team managed to have a winning record within the division. They tend to beat up one each other a little bit.
However the big difference, and the reason they are considered some of the most talented teams in the league, is not just because of the stars on each team, but because of the second-tier talent on each team.
Let me just say that by "second-tier" I don't mean players who aren't any good who happen to succeed for whatever reason. I simply mean either players who aren't listed as number one on the depth chart, or players who do start, yet aren't the bigger names at their respective positions.
Here are 10 key role players who will make a huge impact on the outcome of this season.