Every season in the NFL, teams come from out of nowhere to make the playoffs. Likewise, players emerge from out of the blue to become stars.
Often, this includes untested rookies fresh from the college game. Other times, breakout players are coming back from injury.
In addition, players can compound on recent success and cement themselves as true superstars.
The Houston Texans are certainly no exception.
Although many have pegged the Texans as a sleeper pick for a few seasons, countless others are declaring 2010 the year for Houston.
Not only are the Texans likely (hopefully) to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the roster is littered with players who are ready for prime time.
In fact, in order to make the jump from also-ran to playoff participant, the Texans will need big performances from some if not all of the players on this list.
We all know what Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, Mario Williams, and DeMeco Ryans will provide. Those stars will need help from some of their less-heralded teammates to play meaningful games in January.