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NFL Players Primed for Huge Second-Year Leaps
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Can Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson avoid a letdown after a sensational rookie season?

Successful follow-up or sophomore slump?

It was a big year for rookie quarterbacks and rookies in general in 2012. From Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, there were some outstanding debuts this past season.

But in today’s world, what really matters is the answer to the question: What have you done for me lately?

So we’re taking a look at some players who may make a quantum leap (or even a hop, skip and a jump) and make an even bigger impression in 2013.

In compiling this list, we took into account last season’s performance and combined that with potential and opportunity. And while there may be a surprise or two, some of this forecasting is done on a right-place-at-the-right-time basis.

Obviously, we are leaving out numerous qualified candidates when you consider that there were 253 players drafted last April. And that’s obviously not counting the rookie free agents that are scattered throughout the league right now.

As for those omissions per se, feel free to add or suggest who you feel is due for a sensational second season in the NFL.

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