10 NFL Players Primed To Break Out In 2016

The excitement is in the air as the kickoff of the 2016 NFL season draws near. With training camps set to begin, TSFJ has the 10 NFL players primed to break out this season.

As we've seen in years past, a player can go from being unknown to becoming a household name. With that said, who will it be this year? Check out our list below.

Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones has taken his talents to the Motor City. The speedy wideout was in search for a larger role to eventually become a No.1 wide receiver. During his time in Cincinnati, Jones flashed big-play ability, but at times his health was a concern. With a nice contract worth $40 million, a lot will be expected from the former Cal Bear.

Thus far in his career, he has not recorded a single 1,000-yard season, but in the role of the X wide receiver played by the artist formerly known as "Megatron" there will be ample opportunities for him to have a biggest season. Fellow wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate will command the attention on the short to intermediate passing game, and it should alleviate some of the pressure that Jones may face on the outside. Will he channel is inner Alvin Harper in Tampa Bay, or will he prove to be that he was worth the hefty contract? I'll go with the latter. Lions fans should be excited.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

The third-year running back out of Ohio State is primed for a big season under the new regime spearheaded by Chip Kelly. With a slew of questions about the quarterback position, the 49ers will look for stability from their bruising back.

Over the past two seasons, Hyde has shown his ability to play at a high level, but his kryptonite thus far in his career is his health. Can he stay on the field for the long, grueling season? That question remains to be seen, but if he can, El Guapo has a chance to be one of the best backs in the NFL.

Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, Houston Texans

In year three, Jadeveon Clowney will look to shed the label of a bust. In his first two seasons, there have been good and bad moments, but despite showing flashes of dominance, consistency has not been a thing.

This season, he will look to show critics why he was coveted as the top player in the 2014 NFL Draft. With J.J. Watt possibly on the shelf for an extended period, the Texans need Clowney to play at an elite level. If he plays like many experts pegged him to be coming out of college, Houston has a chance to be one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the talks of being a bust will disappear.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

After a slow start to his rookie season, DeVante Parker morphed into a reliable threat on the outside for Ryan Tannehill at the end of his rookie season. With hopes to make some noise in the AFC East, Miami needs Parker to carry over his success from the end of last year.

He has the size and speed that make him a match-up problems for opposing defensive backs. To help with his transition as the team's No.2 wide receiver, his Pro Bowl counterpart Jarvis Landry will look to help take pressure off him. If Parker ends up having a big season, don't be surprised — just know that the good folks at TSFJ told you so.

Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

The Matt Forte experienced was a fun-filled time for the fans in Chicago for eight seasons, but the Jeremy Langford show is set to kick off. While Forte was on the sideline last year due to injury, Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns in his absence. With the ability displayed in relief duty, it is expected that the former Michigan State Spartan has a chance to have a special season now that he is the No.1 running back.

Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions

Darius Slay had a good season last year and was a key contributor to a solid defense who turned it on late in the year. Although he had somewhat of a breakout year in 2015 by being selected to the Pro Bowl, let's be honest, I was a few fan votes from being nominated as well (just kidding).

For Slay, he has a great chance to become an All-Pro. While free agency awaits the Detroit corner, he will look to enhance his role as a shutdown guy and have his best season yet. As the Lions' defense appears to be in tact after being bit by the injury bug, it will give Slay a lot of opportunities to show why he's one of the best in the league at his position.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns

In a rare occurrence, Cleveland has had some good luck of late. LeBron James ended the 52-year championship drought; the Cleveland Indians are playing well enough to make Jake Taylor, Willie "Mays" Hayes and Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn beam with excitement; and the Browns actually have a decent quarterback and head coach combo to start the season. While things are still rocky for the Browns, an unheralded player has a chance to have a breakout year. That person is Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor has come along way in his development as a wide receiver. The QB turned WR will look to bolster the Cleveland receiving corps. Listed at 6-4, 233 pounds, he presents a problem for defensive backs, and in the absence of Josh Gordon for the early part of the season, he could be a force to be reckoned with. The combination of size and speed is needed for the Browns, and Pryor gives them that. As Robert Griffin III looks to breathe life into a Cleveland offense that has been on life support, Pryor could be one of his life lines to resuscitate the team.

Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fowler missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In 2016, he will look to use his pass-rushing skills for a team that had only 36 sacks on the season, which was tied for 20th in the NFL. The Jags' offense had a breakout showing last year, and the defense will look to follow that path of ascension this year. The former third overall pick will be relied on heavily, and in his second season, he is primed to deliver.

Cedric Ogbuehi, RT, Cincinnati Bengals

Last year's first-round pick will look to fill the void at the right tackle position now that Andre Smith no longer in the fold. As Ogbuehi battles back from an ACL injury, he will look regain the dominance that was on display at Texas A&M. As expected, the expectations will be high for second-year pro. If he can play at a high level, the Bengals will have a mainstay at the right tackle position for years to come.

Kony Ealy, DE, Carolina Panthers

After an inconsistent regular season in 2015, we got a glimpse of Kony Ealy's dominance in Super Bowl 50. By tying the Super Bowl record with three sacks, it provided good enough reason that he can carry that performance into the 2016 season. With the game of his life setting him up for a monster year, it would not be a surprise if Ealy is one of the elite pass rushers in all of football.

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