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  • 06/03/2011, 02:05PM ET

Top 5 breakout players of 2010 NFL season (In Order)

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When doing order, I took into account draft position as well. The higher the draft pick, the "better" they are supposed to be when entering the NFL


1) Arian Foster - Goes from 3rd string UDFA to League leader in Rushing yards and TD's. A total of 18 TD's with 2220 yards from scrimmage

2) Stevie Smith - He basically won my fantasy football league for me. A 7th rounder out of Kentucky who had 12 career REC's before last season. Stevie posted 82 REC's for 1073 yards and 10 TD's last season

3) Brandon Lloyd - He had 1448 Rec yard last season.....For the previous 5 NFL seasons he had 1593 total rec yards combined. He had 15 career TD's for his career before last season when he posted 11

4) Ryan Fitzpatrick - 6 years into a career, the man finally gets his shot at being a #1. Posted career highs in EVERY stat column. 81.8 passer rating with 3000 yards passing and 23 TD's. Not to mention he only started 13 games for the Bills last year. 3 more games and you are looking at atleast 3700 yards passing and 27 TD's. Those are damn good numbers for a bills QB

5) Devin McCourty - rookie who finished 2nd in the NFL in INT's with 7, 17 pass breakups, 2 FF's and a sack as a CB


First of all, you cannot be a rookie and a breakout player so Arian Foster and McCourty are not really breakout players, they were overlooked rookies. But for this TD I will use your definition of breakout

#2 I assume you meant Stevie Johnson of the Bills.

#4 Peyton Hillis

Hillis came out of nowhere. 1177 yards last year, 11 TDs. All this while playing for the woeful Browns. Fitzpatrick had a good year but 81.8 QB Rating for the season does not even put him in the top 20.

#5 Josh Freeman

This was a tough one. But Josh Freeman had a very good campaign with the Bucs.

His 09 numbers:
185.7 YPG
59.9 QB Rating
10 TDS
18 INT
54.6 Completion %


In 2010:
215.7 YPG
95.9 QB Rating
25 TDS
6 INT
61.4 Completion %

He also had a few 4th quarter game winning/tying drives and almost led the Bucs to a playoff spot.


Forfeited Turn


I don't know what to say. Josh Freeman showed last year he was a franchise QB.

Peyton Hillis was the lone bright spot in CLE. Finished 11th in rushing and 6th in TDs

As for Fitzpatrick, I am not sold that he is the guy with the Bills. There was a lot of analysts expecting BUF to take a QB with the #3 pick or in the second round.


Forfeited Turn


Might as well use this space to setup my next upcoming TD/





Take 12 of the quotes from The Wire and apply it to sports. Got the idea from Bill Simmons NBA playoffs article from a month ago.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/part1/110503&s portCat=nba

If you are a fan of the show, FM me.

June 3, 2011  02:06 PM ET

Who is Stevie Smith?

June 3, 2011  02:11 PM ET

please hold off on naming players but one I am definitely including is P Hillis. Others being considered are Woodhead, One punch Blount, will need to do some research.

Will get to it in a few hours

June 3, 2011  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who is Stevie Smith?

a 7th rounder from kentucky who plays for the bills. Had the best statistical season of any bills WR since eric moulds

June 3, 2011  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

please hold off on naming players but one I am definitely including is P Hillis. Others being considered are Woodhead, One punch Blount, will need to do some research. Will get to it in a few hours

I cant see woodhead on there....As a bills fan I seen him with the jets the past few years before NE, and he is a freaking stud

June 3, 2011  02:31 PM ET

I don't think a rookie should be considered a breakout player.

June 3, 2011  03:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't think a rookie should be considered a breakout player.

Agreed. But Blount isn't the average diamond in the rough draft pick.

June 3, 2011  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

a 7th rounder from kentucky who plays for the bills. Had the best statistical season of any bills WR since eric moulds

Stevie Johnson?

June 4, 2011  12:34 AM ET

Foster was in his second year.

June 4, 2011  12:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Foster was in his second year.

This.

June 4, 2011  12:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This.

is

June 4, 2011  01:00 AM ET

Cameron Wake

June 4, 2011  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

is

SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 4, 2011  11:37 AM ET

Leaning right.

Bring it, Goody!!!

June 4, 2011  03:01 PM ET

I wish Hillis was on our team.

June 4, 2011  03:08 PM ET

Gotta go right. I can see Josh Freeman being a legitimate top 10 QB in the league.

June 4, 2011  04:32 PM ET
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a 7th rounder from kentucky who plays for the bills. Had the best statistical season of any bills WR since eric moulds

That is disgusting. I hate UK football.

June 4, 2011  04:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Leaning right. Bring it, Goody!!!

Goodell better post an argument soon to stop the bleeding. This is starting to look like a first round TKO.

June 4, 2011  07:54 PM ET
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Goodell better post an argument soon to stop the bleeding. This is starting to look like a first round TKO.

Yeah. But he has a tendency to forfeit arguments since returning....

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June 5, 2011  03:32 PM ET
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Ah, Goodell. Such good starts. Then....

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