With half of the regular season in the books, certain players are beginning to separate themselves from the pack.
Aaron Rodgers appears to be MVP material. Matt Forte is getting overworked and underpaid. Calvin Johnson already has 10 touchdown catches and requires attention on every down. As always, Tom Brady is Tom Brady. These stars and many more have brightened highlight reels and won the affection of their ravenous fanbases.
But with a new half of the season comes new players poised for breakout performances. For most of the year, they have flown under the radar, be it on a couch or bench. Now as injuries shift the depth charts of many teams, these hidden diamonds are being unearthed and given their chance to shine.
Here are five players to keep your eye on as the schedule progresses.