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Second-Year NFL Players Ready to Take Leap into Stardom

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Second-Year NFL Players Ready to Take Leap into Stardom
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The "sophomore slump" is feared by all NFL rookies, especially those coming off impressive rookie seasons.

They've wowed their team and fans but have also set the bar high for the following season's performance.  A million different variables can impact each player's situation—injuries, changes in surrounding personnel or schemes, off-field issues—making it a unique challenge for budding stars to recapture the magic of a stellar rookie campaign.

Other rookies would love nothing more than to forget about their first dance with the NFL, failing to live up to high expectations that come with being a top pick.  Their sophomore season is about shaking off the doubters who are ready to slap on the "bust" label and proving their team made a wise investment in spending a premium choice on them.

Which players will use their impressive rookie year as a catalyst to bigger and brighter things in their NFL career?  Who is hoping to turn rags into riches in their second season?  Let's take a look.

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