The lockout has made it a little more difficult to accurately predict which players seem most ready to bounce back from disappointing 2010 campaigns.
The absence of free agency coupled with players working largely without specific direction has muddied the waters.
Usually if a quarterback is surrounded by a couple of proven free agent wide receivers, or if a running back has the benefit of his team investing in a blue chip offensive linemen, it's easy to predict an improved season.
But a team's draft picks and any additions made to the coaching staff can also be decent indicators that certain players are in line to do better. New coordinators bring new schemes. In some cases a change in style is just what a player needs to thrive.
Some elements of a particular draft class will inevitably ease the load on a particular player, helping them to perform at a much higher level.
With this in mind here are six players who can take the opportunity the new season is presenting to them and enjoy a resurgent year in 2011.