6 NFL Players Who Will Exceed Expectations in 2013

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6 NFL Players Who Will Exceed Expectations in 2013
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Popular expectations of NFL players often do not turn into reality. The players who are most discussed in December are rarely the ones who were discussed in August.

Expectations come from many places—mostly past success, media hype and sometimes general controversy and noise. Yet usually top game-changers are not recognized until well into the season.

Looking past the noise and past the hype, I will talk about six NFL players who are going to drive their teams' success and playoff hopes in 2013. Exceeding expectations means two things. The first is having on-the-field success that results in individual production and wins. The second is how much these guys are currently flying under the radar or even facing unwarranted criticism.

By definition, many of these guys are currently being criticized or written off. It may take until October or even November before they see any real media love.

Nonetheless, here are six guys who—come December—will be basking in NFL success.

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