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Top 15 NFL Players Who Will Have A Career Year In 2016

Every NFL player will eventually have a career year, even if some are ultimately more impressive than others. There’s always going to be that one season where a player manages to achieve more than they ever have before. What’s so strange about these career years, however, is that they are almost impossible to predict. A player can come out of nowhere and put up a season that they can never possibly hope to match again, while a bonafide Hall of Famer seemingly at the top of their game can turn in a dud of a season that was supposed to be special.

It’s a tricky piece of business to be able to spot when a career year is on the way, but there are always a few players (some big names and others, perhaps, not) that enter every season that appears to be on the verge of something special. Whether they’re looking for revenge, are starting to figure things out, ended the previous season on a hot streak, or found themselves in a brand new situation that benefits their particular skills, these are the top 15 players set to have a career year in 2016.

15 15. Von Miller

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If you look at Von Miller’s career stats, you’ll find that he had his best year in 2012 and has since spent his time producing fairly consistent numbers in every season that he wasn’t injured in. He’s been a steady superstar throughout his time on the Broncos and, while there is nothing about his last season from an on the field perspective that would indicate he is on the verge of something special, in this case, the implication that Von Miller is about to enter a career year has more to do with what is happening on the other side of the ball for the Broncos.

14 14. Donte Moncrief

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13 13. Le’Veon Bell

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12 12. Kirk Cousins

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11 11. Tyler Eifert

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10 10. Brandin Cooks

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9 9. Jeremy Hill

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8 8. Sammy Watkins

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7 7. Lamar Miller

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6 6. Muhammad Wilkerson

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5 5. Cam Newton

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4 4. Eddie Lacy

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3 3. Mark Ingram

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2 2. Dez Bryant

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1 1. Golden Tate

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Golden Tate just never fit in on the Seahawks. While you can’t discount his personal performance when trying to figure out why that was, you also have to remember that he joined Seattle at about the time that they that committed to being a defensive and running team first. Tate didn’t do much with the looks he did get in that offensive system, but he wasn’t getting that many looks to begin with. When he joined the Lions, that all changed. Tate caught a shocking 99 balls in his first year on the Lions and 90 the next year. What’s especially impressive about that is Tate caught that many balls while Calvin Johnson remained options one and two on the offense. With Johnson out of the picture, Tate is primed to be the guy in Detroit and, as has been proven by his performance in games that Johnson missed, that’s going to mean a career year.

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Top 15 NFL Players Who Will Have A Career Year In 2016