While fans and pundits often look toward free agents and draft selections to be difference-makers, the answer may very well already be on the NFL roster.
For the 4-12 (can't wait until I don't have to type that anymore) Atlanta Falcons, the jettisoning of a host of veterans, as is widely expected, may bring about opportunity in the form of playing time for talented players.
Some of these players may turn out to be better options than whichever new additions come about. The ability to develop players is a lost art in the NFL, with the exception of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks—who draft and develop at an inordinate clip.
Teams that manage the salary cap effectively do so by getting the most out of their own roster, which in turn allows for more cost-effective contracts to be spread among the production. The Falcons have a bevy of players who fit that description.
Let's take a look at a few who are bound to make a name for themselves in the 2014-15 season.