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Top 15 NFL Players That Came Out of Nowhere in 2015

They say that the NFL is the most exciting sport in the United States, because on any given Sunday, a player or team can shock the world and pull off a big win over any other team. When it’s a player that very few people have heard of that comes through as the hero, it’s a really exciting experience.

Some of these players are just flashes in the pan that don’t get another chance to shine, while some of them are able to take the spotlight for the rest of their careers. Then, there are those players that you thought were done, only to prove that they still had something left in the tank.

With a multitude of injuries in 2015, there have been a lot of players tasked with stepping up and having their chance, maybe more than any other season we have seen. We’ve gotten to see a lot of breakout players because of it, but who has stolen the spotlight the most this season? Here are the top 15 NFL players that seemingly came out of nowhere to be studs.

15 Shaquil Barrett

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14 Ronald Darby

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13 Allen Robinson

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12 Richie Incognito

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11 James Jones

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10 John Brown

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9 Chris Johnson

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8 Rishard Matthews

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7 Tyrod Taylor

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6 Travis Benjamin

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5 Josh Norman

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4 Thomas Rawls

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3 Dion Lewis

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2 Gary Barnidge

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1 Devonta Freeman

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Devonta Freeman wasn’t a highly touted prospect coming out of Florida State, and was selected in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. Even coming into this season, nobody could have expected the type of output that Freeman would produce as he was the backup to Tevin Coleman on the depth chart. Freeman got a chance early in the season when Coleman went down to injury, and Freeman has responded as one of the top running backs in the league. Through 12 games, Freeman had 811 rushing yards, 476 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns. This also made him the biggest fantasy football free agent pickup of the year.

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