With the 2010 NFL regular season approaching quickly, now is a great time to take a look at some of the players that could have a breakout season in 2010.
Some of these choices can present a great bargain for card collectors, as values could skyrocket if they can continue to perform at a high level for a number of years.
Here's a list of some who might have a chance to become stars in 2010 and beyond. The primary list is all offensive players since that's where most collectors tend to focus. Click the link to see that player's rookie card availability.
Henne got his chance to start when Chad Pennington went down with an injury last season, and while he may not have had a great season, he did show some signs that he could be worthy of having a decent career in the NFL.
The Dolphins offensive line has gotten better over the last couple of years, and with the addition of rookie G John Jerry, the protection provided for Henne should be pretty good. With RB Ronnie Brown being healthy again and Ricky Williams also proving that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank, the Dolphins running game should also help in opening up the passing game.
The most important factor for Henne, however, could be the addition of ex-Bronco WR Brandon Marshall. With a receiving corps that also includes the ever improving Davone Bess, 2nd year WR Brian Hartline, and the under-rated Greg Camarillo, Henne has a chance to have a very good season in 2010 and could also have a bright future in the NFL.
With the departure of RB Thomas Jones, Greene becomes the number one running back in New York. The Jets love to run the football, and with what should again be the best offensive line in the NFL, Greene should be among the leagues rushing leaders this season.
Although ex-Steeler WR Santonio Holmes is suspended for the first four games, the Jets re-signed WR Laveranues Coles, and with WR's Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards along with TE Dustin Keller providing reliable targets for the improving Mark Sanchez, Greene has the potential to break out if the Jets can keep all of their pieces in place.
Crabtree has a lot to prove since holding out in his rookie season last year. TE Vernon Davis is so talented that teams may be forced to double team him at times, and WR Josh Morgan is showing signs of improvement as well, which should lead to more chances for Crabtree in the passing game. Crabtree has all the tools that are needed to become a top-flight receiver in the NFL, and if he blossoms this year he could go on to have quite a career.
Charles began his career in the shadow of Larry Johnson, but those days are long gone. 629 total yards in 2008; 1417 last year. Growing in confidence, Charles could put up some exceptional numbers, but he'll need the Chiefs to play better as a whole before collectors buy in to his long-term value.
It's almost unfair to label Finley as a tight end. Yes, he blocks. But he's also one of the most gifted young receivers in the game thanks to his size and speed. He's going to be like an extra wide receiver and if teams try to cover him with a linebacker, Finley could put up receiver-like numbers. And he's still among the youngest skill players in the league. If he can focus, Finley could wind up in Canton.
Santonio Holmes is in New York. Hines Ward is aging. That swings the door wide open for Wallace, who showed flashes of what could be last season when he racked up impressive yards per catch numbers and scored six times.
Other Players To Watch
DE/LB Aaron Maybin/Buffalo Bills
RB Knowshon Moreno/Denver Broncos
WR Louis Murphy/Oakland Raiders
CB Antoine Cason/San Diego Chargers
WR Mohamed Massaquoi/Cleveland Browns
WR Kenny Britt/Tennessee Titans
WR Hakeem Nicks/New York Giants
QB Kevin Kolb/Philadelphia Eagles
WR Steve Breaston/Arizona Cardinals
RB Justin Forsett/Seattle Seahawks
DE Chris Long/Saint Louis Rams
TE Brandon Pettigrew/Detroit Lions
DE Everette Brown/Carolina Panthers