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Most Improved Players for 2013: Position-by-position candidates

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of the 2013 season, analyst Bucky Brooks identifies candidates for significant improvement at each position.


» Brandon Weeden: New system will maximize skill set in Year 2.

» Ryan Tannehill: Offseason additions upgrade Miami's offense.

» Christian Ponder: Excessive criticism of quarterback unfounded.

» Jake Locker: Titans' renewed commitment to run will help.


» Lamar Miller: Miami will quickly forget about Reggie Bush.

» David Wilson: One of the most explosive playmakers in football.

» Jacquizz Rodgers: Steven Jackson's arrival won't bury this back.

» Ronnie Hillman: A vital change-of-pace weapon for the Broncos.


» Michael Floyd: Filling the role of sidekick to Larry Fitzgerald.

» Alshon Jeffery: Showed flashes in injury-plagued rookie season.

» Rueben Randle: A vital piece, given Giants' uncertainty at WR.

» Austin Pettis: MVP of Rams OTAs/minicamp primed for big year.


» Jordan Cameron: New staff will exploit athleticism/versatility.

» Luke Stocker: The key to unlocking Tampa's explosive potential.

» Ed Dickson: Dennis Pitta isn't the Ravens' only weapon at TE.

» Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen: Colts duo will rise in Year 2.


» David DeCastro:Steelers' much-maligned line suddenly stout.

» Gino Gradkowski: Big shoes to fill with Matt Birk's retirement.

» Jonathan Martin: Second-year man ready to replace Jake Long.

» Riley Reiff: Matthew Stafford has a new blind-side protector.


» Nick Fairley: This disruptive force just needs to stay healthy.

» Quinton Coples: Rex Ryan will turn hybrid freak loose in 2013.

» Michael Brockers: Could become transcendent star in Year 2.

» Da'Quan Bowers: Bucs putting a ton of faith in third-year man.


» Whitney Mercilus: Wade Phillips will help him shine.

» Brandon Graham: Former first-rounder poised to make good.

» Bruce Carter: Can thrive in Dallas' new scheme.

» Jacquian Williams: The Giants could use the help.


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