Mentioned in the top three possibilities for a breakout season were Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, and Nick Perry. All of these are excellent choices and all have the opportunity to step up their games in 2013 – especially Perry and Lacy. Perry is still basically a rookie and has nowhere to go but up – as does Lacy.
Cobb is a no-brainer. He led the team in receptions last year, making a huge jump in overall production. He beats you from the wide receiver position, out of the backfield and from the slot. He’s truly a superstar in the making – a player who, barring any significant injury, will continue to grow as a football player, especially in Mike McCarthy’s dynamic offensive system.
Perry has a huge upside and we barely had the chance to see what he could do last year before he was lost for the season through injury. We here at Lombardiave are surely excited to see what he can do when the pads go on in July.
Lacy is another one of those enigmas with high expectations going into his rookie season. Expected to make a run as the starting running back, he’s going to have a significant amount of competition, especially from fellow rookie running back Johnathan Franklin and second year Packer DuJuan Harris. Of course, we also can’t count out Alex Green and James Starks as the Packers running game goes from a dearth of talent to a full backfield.
But there are others who we feel have a shot at the breakout player designation this year.
Consider these names: Datone Jones, Casey Hayward, Morgan Burnett, Dezman Moses. To me, they all have legitimate shots at huge seasons. Jones, another rookie, has huge potential and is being looked to as the player that will bring legitimacy to the Packers defensive line.
Hayward had a great rookie year and will be competing for a starting cornerback job. His instincts and ball skills have him with the edge in June, but we’ll see come training camp. If he hits the field playing anywhere like he did during his rookie campaign he will be a big addition to the Packers defense.
The same needs to be said about Burnett and Moses. Burnett, playing in the final year of his rookie contract, has improved each season, so this year should be no different. But it’s Moses that I really like. He came out of nowhere to make the 53-man roster last year as a rookie undrafted free agent. He should add significant and much-needed depth to the outside linebackers position and give the Packers another weapon who has great pass rush skills.
So, who will it be, Packers fans? Will it be all of these players who step it up this year?
Who do you like?