- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
[This article contains tables. Complete tables are not available. For the complete set of tables see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]
THE QUICK READ
1. Adrian PETERSON
1 Adrian PETERSON
[INJURY-PRONE] We certainly endorse the pick, but there are a few things to keep in mind before taking the jacked-up AD. (He's looking to add 10 pounds.) First, center Matt Birk, who cleared the middle for 10 years, is gone. Also note Brad Childress's oft-wavering confidence in Peterson, who was benched or went unused late in crucial games last year. Oh, and those durability concerns haven't gone away.
2 DeAngelo WILLIAMS
It's an understatement to say that 2008 was a coming-out party for the previously disappointing first-rounder. The top scorer, kickers aside, reached the end zone in bunches in the second half of the season, including two four-TD games, all while splitting carries with Jonathan Stewart roughly 60-40. The specter of a 50-50 split is the only—albeit major—concern about Williams.
3 Maurice JONES-DREW
At first blush, MJD seems sure to repeat (or improve upon) his 1,389 yards of total production from a year ago, now that Fred Taylor has joined the Patriots. But a closer look reveals the Jaguars' stunning lack of offensive playmakers, especially at receiver; that will have an effect on Jones-Drew's numbers. He's a good bet for double-digit TDs, but be warned.
4 Steve SLATON