2018-2019 Season NFL Players to Watch
Quarterback Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)
Deshaun Watson was picked at number 12 in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and looked like there future superstar. Prior to Watson tearing his ACL during week nine, he looked like Michael Vick 2.0. He threw 1,699 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and 269 rushing yards. At 22 years old Watson is an elite playmaker that has a big future ahead of him in Houston if he comes back this season fully recovered.
Wide receiver Allen Hurns (Dallas Cowboys)
Dallas lost there star wide receiver Dez Bryant and signed Allen Hurns as his replacement. Hurns was an undrafted free agent in 2014 but was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars and made a huge impact for them with 115 receptions for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in 31 games during his first two seasons in Jacksonville. Hurns is going from one run-heavy offense to another one in Dallas, but he now is Dak Prescott’s number one option and likely will get many targets this season.
Running back Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)
During week four last season rookie running back Dalvin Cook suffered a season ending injury after tearing his ACL. Before he was injured Cook had a total of 354 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Cook finished his college career with 5,399 total yards and 48 touchdowns. He likely will start this season and is clearly Minnesota’s workhouse back.
Running back Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)
In the 2017-18 season 6-foot-3, 247 running back Derrick Henry played behind Demarco Murray and still managed to be one of the biggest standout players in the league. As a second string back the totaled 744 yards and five touchdowns last season. Now that Henry is the starting running back in Tennessee he will be getting more touches which means a lot more touchdowns and yards.
Running back David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)
Another player coming back from an injury is running back David Johnson. Johnson played just one game last season after suffering a dislocated left wrist. He had an amazing season in 2016 in which he accrued 2,118 yards and 20 touchdowns. Assuming that Johnson comes back this season to full speed, I think he’ll be a top five RB.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers)
Garopollo was backing up Tom Brady in New England for three seasons and showed some potential in the 2016-17 season when he started while Brady was serving his four game suspension. He was later traded to San Francisco and played five games there last season. The 49ers won all five games that he played with Jimmy G throwing 1,560 passing yards and a total of seven touchdowns. Now that he is the starting quarterback in San Francisco that gives him the opportunity to prove that he is a future elite quarterback in the league.
Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Juju had a very solid rookie season. He was the Steelers third string receiver behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant but finished the season racking up 58 receptions for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant is no longer playing in Pittsburgh which gives Juju the second string spot which means he’ll be getting a lot more targets so I’m predicting he has 1,000 + receiving yards and double digit touchdown receptions.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon (Cleveland Browns)
Josh Gordon is finally going to be making his long awaited return this season. 2013 was really Gordon’s breakout season in the league where he had a total 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. During his rocky NFL career he has put up some great stats with a total of 3,089 receiving yards and 15 touchdown grabs. Now that Gordon is healthy again and Cleveland’s offense has improved tremendously he has the potential to have a big comeback season.
Article written by Dylan Devine (8/13)