NFL Players Ready to Make Huge 2nd-Year Leaps

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NFL Players Ready to Make Huge 2nd-Year Leaps
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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter could be on the verge of a breakout sophomore season.

A number of NFL rookies became standouts during the 2013 season, but many more only showed glimpses of how good they could be. Some of the players who fall in the latter category, such as Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter, should be in line for big leaps in production in 2014.

As players become acclimated to the professional level of football in their first seasons, most struggle. The ones who overcome those struggles to achieve stardom in year two will be the players who combine their natural abilities with improved technique, a better understanding of the game and the fruits of a year of experience and hard work.

None of the following players was consistently great as a rookie. Some were at times; others failed to seize any significant role at all. All of them, however, look to be in position for increased responsibilities and stronger performances in 2014.

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