NFL: 8 Players Most Likely to Rebound from Poor 2010 Seasons

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIJune 23, 2011

NFL: 8 Players Most Likely to Rebound from Poor 2010 Seasons

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    With the recent report that a new CBA could be done in the next few weeks, training camps will soon open for all players. This will give a chance for players who had disappointing seasons in 2010 to regroup and rebound from the poor year.

    Whether injury or just an inability to play the position well, these players still have the talent and potential to succeed next year.

    Here are eight players who will find success after a poor season in 2010:

Michael Crabtree

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    Crabtree disappointed last year with only 55 catches for 741 yards in his sophomore year, after many expected a breakout year.

    Crabtree though is immensely talented and even if he has differences with the quarterback, his abilities will put him over the top.

    The offense will need a possession receiver like Crabtree and I am sure Jim Harbaugh is drawing up plays for his talented receiver.

Knowshon Moreno

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    Moreno was another popular pick to breakout last year, but an early season hamstring injury caused him to miss almost a month.

    The injury hurt Moreno's explosiveness as the weeks after he ran gingerly.

    Moreno finished the year with five touchdowns and 779 yards on 182 carries.

    The Broncos expect Moreno to be the lead back next season and with a talented group of offensive players, Moreno should rebound.

    Behind a solid offensive line and playmakers on the outside like Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Lloyd, Moreno will step up in his third year.

Vincent Jackson

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    Jackson can do it all at receiver. He has developed deep speed and can be a big play option in the passing game.

    Standing 6-5 does not hurt either, as Jackson can catch many balls in traffic. With great leaping ability, Jackson is a red-zone threat as well.

    A contract dispute forced him to miss most of the season, but his connection with Phillip Rivers is special and should rebound in an elite fashion.

    Speaking of a Charger who had a disappointing 2010 season...

Ryan Matthews

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    Matthews was expected to take the lead role in the offense at running back, but early season struggles and injury allowed fullback Mike Tolbert to become the starter. Tolbert is a strong, hard runner, but is nowhere as talented as Matthews.

    Heading into next season, the Chargers expect Matthews to start, and with an explosive offense around him, he should succeed and not even allow Tolbert to see the field.

    Matthews has a rare combination of size and speed and running back and could run over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns, after disappointing with 678 yards.

    Fantasy football players: draft Matthews!

Matthew Stafford

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    I am trying to think of a more injury-prone player than Stafford....still thinking...nope cannot think of one.

    Stafford can be an elite quarterback in this league. He has the tools: a cannon of a right arm, a solid decision maker, and has good enough accuracy.

    He just NEEDS to stay healthy. These past two season have been cut short because of injury, but Stafford is still a tough kid. I still remember he had an injured shoulder and still remained in the game and threw the game winning touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

    The Lions have explosive weapons across the field, starting with Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, Titus Young, Jahvid Best, and Mikel Leshoure.

    Stafford could have a potential Pro-bowl year if he stays healthy.

Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie

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    Antonio Cromartie's cousin Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is probably the more talented of the two at the young age of 25.

    He is a tall, lanky, physical specimen at 6'2'', 182 pounds. Rodgers-Cromartie is a legitimate 4.3 guy and can stick to every receiver in the league.

    Rodgers-Cromartie has already made a Pro Bowl and has 13 career interceptions, but he really struggled last season. As a part of a struggling defense, Rodgers-Cromartie gambled and was consistently burned.

    With the drafting of Patrick Peterson, who looks to already be a star, Rodgers-Cromartie will step up his game.

    A main reason for his struggles last year was because Rodgers-Cromartie had almost nothing opposite him. Peterson would be an immense upgrade, in turn, help improve Rodgers-Cromartie.

Alex Smith

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    Though the 49ers drafted Smith's successor, Colin Kapaernick, they still believe Smith will be their starter.

    I am convinced Smith would have had a solid season starting last year if it were not Mike Singeltary's treatment. Singeltary is a great defensive mind, but did not know how to encourage his quarterbacks.

    Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback guru and should vastly improve Smith.

    Smith knows this is his last chance at probably being a starter, and I think he will seize his final opportunity.

Gerald McCoy

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    McCoy had a decent season at defensive tackle for the Buccaneers, but nowhere near the impact most expected when he was drafted number three overall.

    It did not help that he was drafted directly after Ndamukong Suh who won defensive rookie of the year.

    A seemingly perfect fit for the Bucs defensive scheme, McCoy will take another step into becoming a pass-rushing forced people expected from him.

    With upgrades at defensive end with the drafting of Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers, McCoy could be a terror up the middle.