Last year we saw a few players step up and make the difference that won the team a Super Bowl Championship. There were players that played at positions that were viewed as huge problem areas at the start of 2011.So, who will be this years surprise players to step up and be this years Cruz, Blackburn and Ballard to help the G-Men get back to the playoffs?
First we have to look at the areas that are the weakest, and that immediately brings the TE position into my mind. It is basically a three man race with Pascoe, Bennett and Rookie Adrian Robinson. Pascoe has been named the early starter most likely due to his consistancy at blocking. Bennett has been some what of a question mark with people around the league saying he is a very talented player that has not gotten a chance to show his skills. The question is why, was it because he was stuck behind a great tight end in Dallas or because he has attitude problems. If it is the latter, T.C. Will not tolerate that for long and could find himself very low on the depth chart very quickly. Robinson is very raw, he needs major work on blocking and body control but could be a factor later in the year when a run is needed to make the playoffs. I think Pascoe will be a very nice surprise this year and have decent stats, 45 catches 700 yds 7 TDs. That will be well enough to make the opposing coaches have to pay attention to the position.
Next we look to the running game, which had a less than stellar 2011. This is easy, David Wilson. Bradshaw will be Bradshaw, and that will be fine. Wilson is a back that can run for 1600 yds 20 TDs and keep defensive fronts from pinning their ears back and coming after Eli. Scott and Ware are true back ups and do not expect anything more than what you have seen from them before. Expect Wilson to get slowly introduced into the starting role, but be a major factor by week 10.
The defensive back field gave up a ton of huge plays last year. Granted, injuries were a factor and that forced guys to play out of position. The Player needed and that will have a big year is the Prince. He will be playing in the nickel and will probably get thrown at a lot in long yardage situations. That will allow him to use his ability and make some big plays.
It should be a fun year and hopefully just as exciting as 2011.