NFL Quarterbacks and Offensive Skill Positions: Break-Out Names to Watch in 2009

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NFL Quarterbacks and Offensive Skill Positions: Break-Out Names to Watch in 2009
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Every season there are surprises. Players who underachieved will overachieve and stars will be born. Rookies will be thrust into starting positions and exceed their developmental expectations.

In 2008 running back Michael Turner burst into production with fellow Falcon Matt Ryan to create an elite offense in Atlanta.

Also in 2008, veterans Phillip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Cassell, Jay Cutler, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams, Thomas Jones, Steve Breaston and Vincent Jackson had break out performances.

Rookies Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Chris Johnson, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte Pierre Thomas, Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson all made huge impacts for their teams in 2008.

There were plenty of 2008 rookies who appeared to be primed for an explosive season but fell short due to injury or circumstance. Felix Jones, Ryan Torrain and others look to capitalize on a fresh opportunity this season.

Who will be the biggest surprises and statistical ground-gainers on offense in 2009? Let's take a look.

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