The 2017 NFL season begins in September. There is a high level of excitement for every new season of the NFL and that’s because every American sports fan out there loves the sport of American football; but this time, there is more reason for anticipation since the defending Super Bowl LI champs, New England Patriots, will be going up against the Kansas City Chiefs to open the season. But the games alone aren’t the only thing making everyone excited since there are millions waiting for fantasy football, NFL free picks, and of course, those who rely on getting insider information on early betting odds.
You probably have read so many team previews and discussions about which team is winning it this year and which rivalries will heat up once again; but how about the top players to keep an eye on for the 2017 season?
1 – Robert Griffin III
Griffin played for the Cleveland Browns last season before the team cut his in March this year. Although recently cut, it does not mean that he’s done. A recipient of the 2011 Heisman trophy, it’s hard to imagine him sitting out the new season and if we were to bet on it, we’ll go for him finding a new team sooner than later.
2 – Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan is one of the most popular football players in the NFL today. But then again, a huge chunk of that popularity is because of his team, the Atlanta Falcons’ epic choke against the reigning champs in the most recent Super Bowl. But if you’re to look at Ryan’s setback last season, it might very well be the reason why everyone should give him a closer look this season since he’ll return a hungrier and more desperate quarterback for one of the NFL’s best teams.
3 – Michael Thomas
After totaling 92 catches and 1,137 yards last season, the sky is the limit for Thomas in the upcoming season. If the Saints focus on improving their offense, Thomas sure will have a bigger role for the team. The Ohio State University star had a promising NFL rookie season with the Saints when he broke franchise records for a rookie in several areas, including receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions.
4 – Black Bortles
The 25-year old has a lot of making up to do after a mediocre season last year. If there’s one good thing going for Bortles, it’s the fact that the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is well-liked by management and the fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars; but he should be paying it with more maturity in accepting his leadership responsibilities for the team.