Five Underappreciated Players Who Could Have a Career Year On Their New Teams

1.  Teddy Bridgewater(Quarterback, Carolina Panthers)

A 27-year old former pro bowl quarterback and 32nd draft pick out of Louisville named Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 last year for the New Orleans Saints in the absence of Drew Brees.

Still, the off-season headlines were dimmed away from Teddy “Two Gloves” and shifted towards the 42-year old Quarterback Tom Brady signing with the division-rival Buccaneers.

Teddy Bridgewater’s spotlight hasn’t adequately surfaced from the shadow, when his gruesome knee injury occurred in 2016, and kept him on the sidelines for three more seasons.

Teddy Bridgewater is set up for immediate success and new personal records. He gets weapons like Christian Mccaffrey, who shined in 2019-2020 and CBS Sports pointed out how he recorded nearly 2,400 all-purpose yards, 19 touchdowns, and became one of three players in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving.

Newly acquired receiver Robby Anderson, who’s one of the league’s best deep threats by virtue of his 4.36 blazing speed, will provide big plays in the screen game and play-action game.

Matt Rhule, who came to Carolina from the coaching ranks at Baylor, will unlock Teddy’s accuracy and poise with the elite weapons at his disposal.

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2.   Emmanual Sanders(Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints)

Drew Brees was playing a prolific level last year, despite his poor performance in the wild card round and missing five regular-season games. He helped Saints WR Michael Thomas garner offensive player of the year.

Pro Football Reference showed how Drew posted a ridiculous 74.3% completion percentage to go along with 27 touchdown passes, to only 4 Interceptions.

Brees made his 13th pro bowl a year ago, and he helped his 2nd round drafted receiver out of Ohio State, Michael Thomas, earn the Offensive Player of The Year. An award that has only been handed out to one other receiver in the history of the NFL and that receiver was Jerry Rice.

Emmanuel Sanders will vastly benefit from playing with a future hall of fame Quarterback, especially when he recorded 869 receiving yards last year with the below-average combination of young Broncos Qb Drew Lock and rising 49ers Qb Jimmy Garapollo. Emmanuel Sanders could relapse the days where he was breaking records with Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform, and record statistics similar to his 2014 campaign, which ousted 1,401 receiving yards to go along with 101 receptions, according to NFL.com.

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Sean Payton will have many play designs ready for Emmanual Sanders, and teams won’t be able to double team him when “CantguardMike” is the other receiver on the field.

Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Chris Carter knew what was brewing this year for Emmanual Sanders and company when he went to Instagram and commented “Great Fit,” the day that this signing took place.

3.   Robert Quinn(Edge Rusher, Chicago Bears)

 Edge Rusher Robert Quinn had a career revival last year when he notched 11.5 sacks as a Dallas Cowboy despite missing two games, and that earned him a huge payday worth 5 years-70 million dollars, according to bleacherreport.

Robert Quinn, who recorded 19 sacks in 2013, will have more opportunities to surpass his figure of 11.5 sacks a year ago, now that he gets to play opposite 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, Khalil Mack.

Despite Mack’s small sack figure last year, A model used by NextGen stats showed that Mack still found a way to wreak havoc by recording the third-highest rate of sacks created.

It’s not only Mack that will create more opportunities for Quinn, Akiem Hicks, who’s one of the most powerful interior defensive linemen in the league for the Bears, had to abruptly finish his season on the injured reserve after just several weeks.

  It won’t be possible to double team all three of the sack artists, Robert Quinn should look to bring back the year where he recorded 19 sacks because he’s fully healthy and playing alongside one of the best defensive lines. 

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4.   Eric Ebron(Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Eric Ebron, former Indianapolis Colt, and newfound Pittsburgh Steeler, who was the leading touchdown recipient of all tight ends in 2018 with 13 Tds, according to NFL.com. He’s going to be catching touchdown passes in 2020 from Big Ben and make big plays across from perennial wide receiver, JuJu Smith Schuster.

Eric Ebron signed a two-year contract worth 12 million dollars this off-season to be a Steeler, according to bleacher report. This vertical receiving threat is bound to surpass expectations.

Pro Football Focus ranked Ebron Ebron 16th out of 66 tight ends last year, which is very impressive given his team’s below average quarterback situation. 

Pro Football Reference  shows how Eric Ebron has only made one pro bowl since being drafted at the 10th overall pick in 2014, but he has untapped potential at 27 years old.

JuJu will attract lots of double teams and attention, so expect Ben Roethlisberger to use his big arm and capitalize on Eric’s 4.50 40 speed down the middle for significant gains.

5.   Dante Fowler Jr.(Edge Rusher, Atlanta Falcons)

 Dan Quinn, the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, has been looking for elite pass-rushing play since he came to Atlanta in order to clone the style of attacking defense he was familiar with, as a defensive coordinator for the dominant Seattle Seahawks defense.

Vic Beasley failed to record another year of pass-rushing production close to his prime year of 15.5 sacks, back in 2015.  Beasley left for the Titans in Free Agency this past off-season, and that opened a door for once L.A. Ram and Jaguar third overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. to fit in.

Dante Fowler Jr. showed flashes of why he was chosen at the 3rd overall pick when he recorded 11.5 sacks last season. Fowler Jr. should have more opportunities to chase the quarterback if Matt Ryan and Julio Jones can repeat offensive production that led them to Super Bowl LI.

Fellow Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett, who’s one of the league’s best defensive tackles, shown by Pro Football Focus who had Jarrett recording a 90.1 production rate which was third to Steeler’s Cameron Heyward, and Ram’s Aaron Donald’s.

This interior pressure will draw lots of double teams away from Fowler and he will create many picks for the almost 26-year old Fowler to capitalize on. 

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