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Top 5 Players To Watch In 2009

July 11, 2009

Picture 4I thought that I might add an editorial today on who I thought are 5 players next year that we should all watch out for. With Josh McDaniels as our new head coach, offense will be very important and there are some players who could finally break into stardom next year. We also have Mike Nolan who built up the Ravens and 49ers defenses into some of the best in the NFL who could do the same with the Defense. 

5. Brett Kern: It is kind of odd that I started this list with a Punter. But Brett Kern is already one of the best Punters in the AFC West and could, if he plays like he did last year, become one of the best in the NFL. Kern last year averaged 46.7 yards a punt, which for a first year Punter is extremely high. His farthest Punt last year was 64 yards and he had plenty like that. Kern, Broncos fans should watch out for as a potential Pro Bowler.

4. Robert Ayers: Isn’t this the obvious pick? Robert Ayers seems to be making waves on defense and is being hyped up the same way Eddie Royal was last year during Training Camp. Probably a first year starter on Defense, Robert Ayers could be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He has all the athletic skills needed and is learning the playbook quickly. Ayers, who will be switching between Defensive End and Outside Linebacker will be confusing for Offenses and be a force for the Broncos.

3. Darrell Reid: Darrell Reid will be switching from Defensive Tackle to Strong Side Linebacker this year and could be a quiet star this year. Don’t expect him to come in and make the Pro Bowl and win Defensive MVP but he could be potentially one of the most consistent players on this team. Known for hitting hard in Indianapolis, he looks to be great at covering Tight Ends and could even lead the team in tackles this year. Watch out for him.

2. Ryan Clady: Do you know that Warren Sapp of NFL Network wouldn’t even put him in his top 5 Offensive Tackles in the NFL? This might be a pretty controversial pick because some might say he has already reached stardom. But I will not rest until he is on every single top 5 list in the media. Clady last year let up only .5 sacks and if he gets even close to letting up that few, he will be the best Offensive Tackle of the NFL. Period. He is so close and I can’t wait to watch him play.

1. Kyle Orton: I know, very unoriginal. Honestly though, I don’t care. Kyle Orton has been thrown into one of the best situations in the NFL. He has the second best Wide Receiver duo in the NFL statistically, the second best Offensive Line in the NFL statistically and a backfield filled with stars. Orton, who faded in the second half of the season last year could easily throw for more than 3,000 yards and might be one of the better QB’s in the league this season. 

I hoped you guys enjoyed our top 5. There are plenty more players who might break out but in our opinions this just seems to be the most likely.

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  1. Jon Krause permalink
    July 11, 2009 6:20 AM

    what about elvis DOOMervil, and KNOWSHON MORENO!! :O those r HUGE names to leave out of a list like that

    • July 11, 2009 6:53 AM

      They are both players to watch, I agree. But Elvis isn’t even starting and Moreno will probably need to wait a year or two to break out in my opinion.

  2. Sonny Anderson permalink
    July 11, 2009 12:36 PM

    Broncos’ punter is not one of the best in the AFC….

  3. Jon Krause permalink
    July 12, 2009 2:58 AM

    I agree Sonny, Shane Lechler and Mike Scifres are almost always Pro Bowl worthy, so #3 out of 4 in the AFC West is not one of the best haha sorry GB

    • July 12, 2009 4:28 AM

      Mike Scifres actually isn’t. His net average is a whole yard lower and he punted less times to boot (pun not intended).

      Shane Lechler I do agree is better.

  4. Michael Torres permalink
    July 12, 2009 5:22 AM

    I agree with most of this except for Darrell Reid. I would rather have Alphonso Smith there… If I could add another one it would be Knowshon too.

  5. July 13, 2009 1:28 PM

    It kind of corny if elvis doomvil not start. But then it mean the ayer is probable bust up corny fools real bad. if elvis not start guy that is mess up. I hate to say but if guy like he not start it could be trade. you know what I saying. cause like maybe he not fourish in the 3 4 systemd.

    • July 13, 2009 2:00 PM

      Horvil, I think it is probably because Ayers nor Dumervil is fit for Strong Side and Ayers is better at Weakside than Dumervil.

      That said, on third down situations and when we want to basically overload the other team with the blitz we will throw Dumervil into the mix like they do in Dallas with Demarcus Ware. Dumervil may not start but that is not too say his statistics won’t be amazing.

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