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Future Stars Stuck On the Bench: The "Michael Turner" Players of This Offseason

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 29:  Jerious Norwood #32 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Evan HigginsCorrespondent IIFebruary 6, 2010

Each year, i write an article about reserve players that teams should try to acquire, and give them the chance to start.

Let me give you a fine example: Michael Turner.

Last year, the names I listed were Sinorice Moss, Jim Sorgi, Usama Young, Adam Seward and Miles Austin.

Austin wasn't acquired by another team, but he did become a star with the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, last year I think I went too in depth. But here's my 2010 list of reserve players that teams should look to acquire and make a starter:


Jerious Norwood, RB, Atlanta

When Michael Turner arrived in Atlanta, Norwood's numbers went down. He's also been plagued by injuries and a crowded backfield. Norwood has the size and speed to be a breakaway player; he just needs the opportunity.

Possible Landing Spots: New England, Cleveland, Houston, NY Giants, Detroit, Seattle.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia

Kolb is supposed to be the successor of Donovan McNabb, and that could take place this season with the rumors of McNabb being traded. But we've all heard those rumors for the past three offseason's. 

If McNabb is traded, this won't happen. But if he isn't traded, Kolb may want to be given the opportunity with another team. When he came in for McNabb for the first three games, Kolb put up great numbers(not to mention great fantasy numbers) throwing for 741 yards and four touchdowns. 

Some say he could be the next Drew Brees.

Possible Landing Spots: Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, Washington, St. Louis, Seattle. 

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas

Choice is a great back stuck behind two greater  backs. When Choice has been given the opportunities, he has produced great numbers. He's got the power and speed to be an every down back for any team. 

Possible Landing Spots: New England, Cleveland, Houston, NY Giants, Detroit, Seattle.

Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona

Breaston has been a great slot receiver, but he has been stuck behind two Pro Bowlers in Larry Fitzgerald and Anqaun Boldin. 

If Boldin is traded, Breaston becomes the starter on this Arizona offense.

Possible Landing Spots: NY Jets, Baltimore, Chicago, Tampa Bay, St. Louis.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston

He reminds me a lot of Percy Harvin. He's listed at 6-4, and he's the Texans' kick returner, so he's got the height and speed to be great. Another team should look to acquire him, and work with him, because he's got a lot of potential.

Possible Landing Spots: NY Jets, Baltimore, Chicago, Tampa Bay, St. Louis.

Melvin Bullitt, S, Colts.

Bulitt has been Bob Sanders backup for his whole three-year career. In those three years, he has played in 44 games with 21 starts and put up 139 tackles and five interceptions. 

That is some outstanding stats for a backup.

He could be a big play safety. Some team needs to call Indianapolis up and make an offer.

Possible Landing Spots: Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco.

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