"Breakout" can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.
To a nervous teenager or a prison guard, it may not be the best of news.
To a football coach who is looking for an emerging performer, it’s certainly welcomed.
With that in mind, we have assembled an all-breakout team in regard to the 2014 NFL season. We have chosen 11 players on both offense and defense, in essence assembling a starting lineup. Given the times in the league, we’ll open with three wide receivers and opt for a 4-3 defensive unit on the other side of the ball.
The idea here is to steer away from players who have received postseason accolades in the past. And naturally, this group will have its share of second-year pros.
To make things interesting, we have also sprinkled in a rookie here or there who could make an immediate splash.
As usual, lists like this are subjective. However, we hope we have made some good choices.
And as someone very notable once wrote following his own breakout moment, “Hope is a good thing...Maybe the best of things.”