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DECKER'S 2011 accomplishments are quite remarkable when considering that 1) Denver threw the ball less often (429 attempts) than any other NFL team and 2) no passer was more inconsistent than Tim Tebow. The change to Peyton Manning under center should help the Broncos' most polished receiver surge in his third season.
6 Donald BROWN
THINK OF Brown's 161-yard effort against Tennessee last December as the kickoff to his 2012 coming-out party. The Colts desperately need their running game to take pressure off top pick Andrew Luck, and Brown is the only name to stand out from the team's list of available backs. Consider him a cheap investment for a back likely to see a hefty workload.
7 Andy DALTON
DALTON MIGHT have received more attention last year had it not been for Cam Newton's explosive emergence. (Both joined an elite group of rookie quarterbacks who have thrown for 3,000 or more yards.) Dalton's development will be aided by the Bengals' stocking talent at the skill positions, including their 2012 third-round pick, receiver Mohamed Sanu.