In this boring offseason, here's another hypothetical to kill time until this lockout deal is done with. Who do you think will be a breakout player this year? He could be from your team, or any other team. Also, don't just toss a name out there, give reasons such as coaching change, scheme change, another acquisition, etc. that will make him better. More then one is welcome of course. Try and avoid rookies or guys that receive a lot of publicity, I'm looking for a guy on a roster right now we don't know so well. The more obscure the better.
For me, I'm gonna stick with my Broncos. I'm going to go with Robert Ayers. He was drafted by McDaniels as a 3-4 OLB, and being 270+ he wasn't a perfect fit there. He has pretty decent moves, mainly an effective bull rush, and he did well against the run standing up and should be just as effective or more as a DE in Fox's 4-3. Fox already said he likes him as his LE, and with Doom on the other side he should be freed up. Von Miller will also draw some attention, and if Ayers takes advantage of this he could put up the big numbers he is capable of. I also like how Fox mentioned he could kick inside on obvious passing downs and use his bull rush/power moves while Doom and Ayers fly off the edges, similar to how the Giants kick Tuck inside, although Ayers is no Tuck he could do well in such a role on nickel packages.
I hate going 2 in a row for the Broncos, but I'm going to throw Eric Decker onto this list. Drafted in the 3rd round last year, many thought the Broncos got good value and he could help the Broncos with the loss of BMarsh. However, many didn't expect the emergence of the Broncos WR corps and Decker didn't get many catches behind Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryoius Thom and Eddie Royal. D Thom is hurt, Lloyd may not repeat as well, and Gaff is getting up there in age, so I think Decker will have a lot of oppurtunites this year. He's not going to be an all around beast, but I think if he gets the passes thrown to him he'll show he can be an effective #2 possesion WR.
For my 3rd, to help deflect the homer jabs, I'll go with Montario Hardesty. Its hard to put a kid that hasn't played yet on this, but I think he qualifies. I love Hillis, but the way he runs durability may be an issue, and splitting carries may be in their best interest. If he gets some carries, Hardesty could put up some good numbers.
Now I ask you MTD readers: Who's your breakout candidate(s)?