Surprise Players of 2013-14 Season

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  1. Ninersfan80

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    I figured this would be a pretty cool thread to do every season. Post some surprise players for your team this year, good or bad. Gives everyone a little insight about your team and some of the non-recognized players throughout the league.

    Lets get a little more content in this league and make it inviting to potential new users.

    If you post before the end of the year, keep us updated on the final stats of your players.
     
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  2. Ninersfan80

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    San Francisco 49ers Surprise Players of 2013-14

    The good-

    A.J. Jenkins, WR (2nd year)- After being drafted in the 1st round in 2012 the 49ers had high hopes for Jenkins. But Jenkins had one of the worst years by a 1st round pick WR in a long time, only catching 5 passes for 64 yards for 0 TD's. After a great off-season Coach Richards decided to move A.J. to slot receiver in hopes of a spark for the offense. So far after 15 weeks of the 2013 season Jenkins has emerged himself as a threat in the slot position. He has 26 receptions for 724 yards and 8 TD's. There is no doubt the 49ers have found a great receiver for years to come.

    Chris Lockhart, RG (Rookie)- The 49ers seemed to have a glaring need on their offensive line, a RG so the 49ers went into the draft looking for the best guard they could get to fill the void in 2013. Lockhart was drafted in the 1st round (25th pick) and ended up being the top guard in the draft. The Niners figured there would be some growing pains through his first year but that hasn't been the case. Out of the 5 starting offensive linemen Lockhart has played the 2nd most snaps (708 through week 15), and is tied for the least sacks given up with 2. Lockhart is almost a for sure future pro bowler at the guard position.

    Parys Haralson, ROLB (7th Year)- Coming off a torn triceps which cost him the whole 2012 season Haralson was put on the trading block before the season but was kept and the 49ers are sure glad they have done that. The 7th year linebacker 15 weeks into the season has 43 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 INT 2 FF, and 20 TFL which is tied for 1st on the team and 5th in the NFL. His play earned him a new 5 year contract worth $20.82M.

    The bad-
    Michael Crabtree, WR (4th Year)- The 49ers had high hopes for the young WR the past 2 years but have been greatly dissapointed. Crabtree had 20 rec for 332 yards and 1 TD in 2012 and so far in 2013 he has stepped it up just a tad with 23 receptions, 318 yards, and 2 TD. After the last 2 years Crabtree with surely be on the trading block this off-season after the rise of AJ Jenkins.


    ***Stats will be updated after season is over (through playoffs)
     
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  3. bigtubb_

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    hate that i didnt draft lockhart...I went D-line
     
  4. majesty95

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    Minnesota Vikings

    The Vikings most surprising player has certainly been halfback Darren Lyons. The rookie out of East Carolina made the most out of his surprise starting gig when Adrian Peterson went down in week 4. Lyons ran for 89, 127, 77 and 133 yards in helping the Vikings go 4-0 without AD. In fact, Minnesota lost 2-out-of-3 when Peterson returned and ended their hopes for a perfect season. The Vikings have been trying to find a way to get both back involved over the past few games and Lyons sits just 235 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season.

    As far as disappointments for the Vikings, there really haven't been any. Toby Gerhart could possibly earn that nod as he lost the backup role to Lyons but has still contributed 229 yards and four touchdowns in spot work. Even Derrick Morgan, who the Vikings got in the Jared Allen trade, has been impressive at times even though he has contributed only three sacks on the season. After finishing the season 7-9 a year ago, the Vikings are thrilled to be 12-2 at this point in the campaign and certainly have very few disappointments.
     
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  5. Ninersfan80

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    Thank you for not drafting him lol. He has been great.
     
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    1. Lavelle Hawkins: Hawkins moved to the slot to start the season, and has done nothing but impress. He usually provides a couple of big catches a game that help that the offense maintain momentum and move the chains.

    2. Tyrone Mckenzie: Picked up in free agency in the offseason, Mckenzie has manned the MLB position like he has been in this defense for a few years. Each game he is usually the team leader in tackles, and is a great run defender. Without him it would be a long year as his backup doesn't possess the smarts to play the position well.

    3. Jordan Babineaux: Thought to be his last year with the team, as his contract was expiring and 2nd round pick Dominique Hubert was expected to take over, Babineaux has been a playmaker these past few weeks at strong safety and caused Coach Maniac to change his mind and renegotiate a new contract. Babineaux had two interceptions in the last game and is picking up his play late in the season looking to come into the playoffs hot.
     
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    Arizona Cardinals
    The Good:
    • 2nd Year wide out LaRon Byrd has high expectations in his future now that he has found his place in Coach Crunk Ness's offense becoming a very reliable #3/slot receiver bringing in 38 receptions for 615 yards and a team high 9 Touchdowns.
    • Rookie Tight End Luke Vinal has had a very good season and proves to be a steal falling to the 3rd round in the draft but proven worthy for the Cardinals. Luke has brought in 62 receptions for 908 yards and 7 touchdowns. Luke early in the season had to step up for the Cardinals offense when Larry Fitzgerald was injured for 4 weeks. He proved to be reliable and just needs to work on his drops but all in all very surprising for the young tight end who beat out Rob Housler in the pre-season who had had an amazing year last year.
    • Tracy Porter who was picked up in free agency has been a true Star and along side all pro corner Patrick Peterson he has been able to snatch 6 interceptions returning 4 of them to the house. Definitely the Cardinals defensive MVP for the season.
    The Bad:
    • Andre Roberts was a very productive slot receiver last year and has been very limited in playing time with LaRon Byrd playing well. He has a merely 7 receptions for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns. Although coach Crunk Ness knows Andre is no BUM off the street but says he is very confident with his receiving core and will continue to play Andre on Special Teams/#4 receiver.
    • Rob Housler's hopes and expectations as a big time tight end in the VFL were expected to be limitless as far as last year's impressive progress and performance on the field but due to poor practice time he lost his job to a rookie. A rookie who by the way is probably on his way to Hawaii for the pro bowl. Housler has been rumored to very disgruntled and has no expectation in returning next year if his role is not significantly increased. Housler's only stat this year is 1 dropped pass.
     
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