NFL 2011: 15 Third-Year Players Facing Make-or-Break Seasons

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NFL 2011: 15 Third-Year Players Facing Make-or-Break Seasons
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Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans

This is a list, not a ranking.

A player's third year in the league is when most teams have an idea of whether or not that player lived up to the hype from the draft process.

Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins and Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers are examples of third-year players who have played at a high level since Day One. For this reason, they will not be on this slide show.

The following 15 players will never be viewed the same. Whether it's for better or worse depends on how they perform in this, their critical third year.

Let's see who they are.

 


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