The goal of our weekly Making the Leap watch is to highlight part-time players making the leap to difference-makers or unproven young talents ascending to key contributors. Once players have truly made the leap, they will graduate from this running list.
Without further ado, here is the list of players making the leap in Week 10:
Lacy is leading the NFL in rushing over the past five weeks while touching the ball nearly 24 times per game. His 150 yards against the Bears were the most by a Packers running back since Ryan Grant's 156 in Week 14 of 2007. It will be interesting to see if he can sustain that level of production against stacked boxes with Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup. ... Coordinator Jay Grudencompared Bernard to Barry Sanders this week. High praise indeed. ... Stacy is one of just three backs (Ryan Mathews, Alfred Morris) with consecutive 100-yard games this season.
The Houston Texans thoroughly outplayed the Colts in Week 9, but they had no answer for Hilton in the game's final 20 minutes. Already on pace for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, Hilton will be taking on a "frontline, prominent role" with Reggie Wayne out for the season. ... Jeffery is fourth among NFL receivers, averaging 103 yards per game since Week 4. He and Brandon Marshall are on pace to join Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham (1995) as the only pair of teammates in Bears history to each top 1,000 yards in a season.
Tom Brady has attempted 340 passes this season. Foles has attempted 118. They both have 13 touchdown passes.
Cold list:Justin Blackmon, Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Bilal Powell, Bernard Pierce, Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Eric Fisher, Nick Toon, Tavon Austin, Vincent Brown, Ace Sanders, Kenbrell Thompkins, Matt Barkley, Brian Winters, Lamar Holmes, Peter Konz, Ronald Leary, Shamarko Thomas, Jarvis Jones, D.J. Hayden, Brandian Ross
Watch list:Jordan Reed, Julius Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Alterraun Verner, Sheldon Richardson, Chandler Jones, Chris Ivory, Mark Barron, Marcus Cooper, Andre Ellington, Mike James, Kendall Wright, Josh Gordon, Aaron Dobson, Marvin Jones, Cedric Thornton, Kiko Alonso, Vontaze Burfict, Junior Galette, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, Corey Lemonier, Jamari Lattimore, John Hughes, D.J. Fluker, David Bakhtiari, Demar Dotson