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5 NFL Players That Have Surprised Us So Far in 2012

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Every year, the NFL fans and media are surprised by a number of different players from all across the league—and so far 2012 has been no different. 

One of the bigger surprises has been the production the Miami Dolphins are getting out of wide receiver Brian Hartline.  

Hartline broke the Dolphins single-game receiving yards record with with 253 yards on 12 receptions, scoring a touchdown to boot. Their rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, has certainly been looking for him in almost every situation and I don't doubt that will continue. The question will be what defenses start to do to—and I can't believe I'm typing this—take Hartline away. 

In Minnesota, the Vikings are a surprising 3-1 and in first place in large part due to the steady and solid play of second-year quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder was a near disaster at times last year, but that time seems to have served him well. He is playing within the offense and not making the big mistake, all while making some stick throws when they are needed. Coupled with a tough running game and a stout defense, Ponder is playing exactly as the Vikings need him to. 

In the video above, Michael Schottey and I look at Hartline, Ponder and a few other surprises from around the league in the first quarter of the regular season. 

Be sure to let us know in the comments below who we may have left off our list or who among the guys we've listed you think hasn't been a surprise. 

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