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    Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    [size=18px]Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out[/size]

    posted: June 29, 2006
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    Our annual look at the young offensive players -- excluding rookies -- who are good bets to break out in 2006:

    Quarterback

    If ever a quarterback appeared ready to take the next step, it is Chris Simms of the Bucs. He played well in his first extended opportunity a year ago, and he's capable of much more. Simms will benefit from Jon Gruden's excellent game plans while not having to worry much about Gruden's impatience because Brian Griese no longer is looking over Simms' shoulder.

    Simms' work ethic has endeared him to coaches and teammates. He often could be found throwing on the practice fields at One Buc Place at 5 p.m. in the middle of the offseason, and the only way his wife can see him during the day is if she brown-bags a lunch and comes to the team facility. And Simms is playing for money; his contract is up after this season.

    Running back

    Being a repeat member of the all-breakout team shows how highly I think of Detroit's Kevin Jones, but it also shows he failed to break out last season. Over an eight-game stretch at the end of his rookie season, Jones was one of the best backs in football. He regressed in 2005, but there's no reason he can't thrive again. If the Lions' line is even a step above worthless, Jones likely will make the Pro Bowl.

    Miami's Ronnie Brown will have a lot more going for him this year than as a rookie. Last year, he reported late, and it took time to integrate him into the offense. He got rolling, then got nicked up and failed to sustain his roll. This year, Brown probably will get 85 percent of the carries with Ricky Williams on an NFL-induced sabbatical. And new quarterback Daunte Culpepper will help open up the running game.

    Wide receiver

    My only question about Roddy White of the Falcons is whether Michael Vick can get him the ball consistently and accurately. Say this about Vick: He can fling it -- and White has the speed and ball skills to make the home run catch. In the offseason Vick and White appear to have developed a chemistry that could result in White's being the team's lead dog at receiver.

    One of two things will happen with the Bears' Mark Bradley. He will suffer another knee injury, or he will become a star. He has too much big-play ability not to break out if he's healthy. Bradley was just starting to put it together last season when he blew out his knee.

    Tight end

    There probably isn't a more talented tight end than Kellen Winslow, though it's unclear how a broken leg and a blown-out knee have affected his abilities. What Winslow has shown running around in shorts on the Browns' practice fields this offseason has been very encouraging. And here's the best part -- he appears to be developing a rapport with quarterback Charlie Frye.

    Offensive tackle

    The Saints thought Jammal Brown was impressive enough as a rookie right tackle that they traded incumbent left tackle Wayne Gandy and switched Brown to that side. Pass protecting for the savvy Drew Brees probably will be easier than it was when Aaron Brooks was the quarterback. And how difficult can it be to block for Reggie Bush?

    After splitting time last season between guard and tackle, the Vikings' Marcus Johnson is ready to be a full-time right tackle. Johnson has the size and athleticism to match up with left ends -- and win. He'll be helped by Brad Childress' offense, which doesn't ask tackles to hold their blocks for exceptionally long.

    Guard

    As a rookie, Logan Mankins might have been the Patriots' best offensive lineman. Mankins has been around Gillette Stadium all offseason, improving what already is the best part of his game -- strength.

    If Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack stays healthy, Seahawks fans might not notice they lost the best guard in football when Steve Hutchinson signed with the Vikings. Womack has played well in limited chances. Playing next to left tackle Walter Jones will make Womack look better than he is.

    Center

    Look for Scott Wells of the Packers to benefit from being moved from guard. His game is quickness, mobility and angles, and he'll be able to use his strengths more effectively at center. The Packers' shift to the Broncos-style running game will help Wells as much as anyone on their line.

    Next week: defense.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    I sure hope they are right in picking Marcus to have a break-out year.

    It would be nice to see a strong front linw all the way across again.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    no kidding..

    create holes for our new running game

    (marcus, hutch, berk.. looking like a decent o-line)
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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    I'm hoping that having a year under his belt and getting all his snaps at one position should make him better. I would like to say he had a breakout year... and he's still the worst guy on the line :grin:

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    We would have the best O-line in the NFL if Artis Hicks is as good as Childress thinks he is and Marcus Johnson lives up to his potential. Way better than decent Potus. A pro-bowl RT, pro-bowl guard, pro- center, Solid guard and solid tackle.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    If Marcus Johnson is anything like he was last year, sit his @ss on the bench for the rest of the year. I remember several games where he would get 2-3 penalties per drive. He must have cost us 250 yards in holding and false start calls all last year.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    "arrested_developer" wrote:
    If Marcus Johnson is anything like he was last year, sit his @ss on the bench for the rest of the year. I remember several games where he would get 2-3 penalties per drive. He must have cost us 250 yards in holding and false start calls all last year.
    He even made Lewinski's false starts look trivial! :grin:

    But discipline & another year under his belt should rectify most of his problems.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    "singersp" wrote:
    "arrested_developer" wrote:
    If Marcus Johnson is anything like he was last year, sit his @ss on the bench for the rest of the year. I remember several games where he would get 2-3 penalties per drive. He must have cost us 250 yards in holding and false start calls all last year.
    He even made Lewinski's false starts look trivial! grin
    They seem trivial, when they happen all the time.

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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    Too bad that they had to ruin the article by putting a Patsy, a Seahawk and a Packer in it too!!!
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    Re: Remember these guys — they're gonna bust out

    If the Lions' line is even a step above worthless......
    Do you think he means "If the Lions' line is even a step above the Packers front line......"?

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