After a surprising 10-6 season, the Arizona Cardinals are gearing up for an offseason of improvement in an attempt to catch their NFC West rivals ahead of them. That not only means adding players through free agency and the draft, it also means helping current players get better.
Among Arizona’s breakout players in 2013 were rookies, safety Tyrann Mathieu and running back Andre Ellington, as well as wideout Michael Floyd.
Mathieu finished sixth among rookies with 65 tackles despite missing the final three-plus games with a torn ACL. Ellington finished fifth among rookies in yards from scrimmage (1,023) and became just the fourth Cardinals back to top 1,000 yards from scrimmage as a rookie.
And Floyd was fifth among second-year receivers with his 1,041 receiving yards—last year’s class will be great for a long time (Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton and Kendall Wright, among others).
Which Cardinals are bound to break out in 2014? Let’s take a look, shall we?