Defensive end Willie Young had a career year tackling quarterbacks in 2014, getting 10 sacks after signing with the Chicago Bears. Young had flashed before — not surprising when you consider that he’s tall, long, athletic and surprisingly powerful for a man his size — but he only had six sacks combined in his four-year stint with the Detroit Lions. Until last season, he had never put all of his physical gifts together to the point where he was dominant.
You might be wondering how in the hell a dude who touched dougle-digit sacks last season be a breakout player this season. Well, I’m glad you asked.
What follows is just one man’s opinion, but let’s take a look at some of the possible sleepers among quarterbacks for the season. Some of these guys are borderline starters who could become sure things, and some are guys who are likely to go undrafted but might find themselves with some relevance.
Here we go:
Eli Manning, Giants
First off, we never know any football player is going to be healthy, but if there’s anyone we can count on to be on the field, it’s Manning, who still hasn’t missed a game since becoming the Giants’ starter in 2004. Just being on the field isn’t everything, of course, but it counts a lot. Meanwhile, Manning might actually have the best assortment of weapons of any quarterback in the league this year. Odell Beckham Jr.
Second-year players White and Janis have come a long way since their rookie endeavors, and will be asked to play much larger roles early this season. White has 12 receptions this preseason for 111 yards, with 89 of those coming in Week 3. Janis has already impressed as a deep threat with a total of eight receptions for 128 yards, 72 of those against the Eagles.