The NFL's Most Unheralded Starters

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The NFL's Most Unheralded Starters
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Congratulations. You made it.

You will not endure one more Sunday in 2012 without NFL action. I like to look at depth charts this time of year. Ourlads provides really good ones. Some names pop up in significant starting offensive roles that may or may not be familiar to you. These are the NFL's most unheralded offensive skill position starters.

For NFL teams, the season has started. Let me assure you. Play books are being installed, and personnel groupings are being closely observed. Teams need to know what they can reasonably expect out of a position in order to integrate that role properly into the playbook, which does not change once installed.

Anyone who has read Take Your Eye Off The Ball knows that game plans change, but the play book does not. There is simply not enough time in the week-to-week hustle of preparing for the next opponent. In this hurried preparation process, you install weekly variations of your firmly set play book in order to best match up with an opponent. That is a game plan.

This is why reps matter in camp. This is the playbook and you want a big role in it. These are some lesser-known players who are set to play roles in 2012 that are most commonly held by NFL stars. Offensive skill position players. Whether you know these guys or not, they are currently getting the reps that their respective teams' play books are being crafted around.

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