10 NFL Stars Whose Production Will Drop Off in 2013 (at Bleacher Report)

Get your venom ready for 10 NFL Stars Whose Production Will Drop Off in 2013.


A sampling of the piece, this part on why JJ Watt will not repeat his 2012- you can read the whole thing here:

Why He’ll See a Drop Off

The return of Brian Cushing may both help and hurt Watt’s third season. Ultimately, he could drive some attention away from Watt, but given Watt’s production last season, offenses are going to key on him until someone makes them stop. They are going to do everything in their power to keep him out of reach of the ball, the quarterback, the backup quarterback and the play in general.

Watt appears to be (and mind you, it’s going to be only his third season) a rare talent—not just physically (though you can’t deny his athleticism) but also mentally. However, he is still young. An entire offseason of observation and study will be dedicated to Watt and stopping him.

The offenses will evolve to stop him.

We’ve seen a little evidence they were adjusting towards the end of last season and during the postseason. After he lit up Andrew Luck in Week 15, he quieted down a bit, and New England contained him in Houston’s loss during the playoffs.

That’s not to say he didn’t have an impact—just less of one.

His sack total is probably where we’ll see the most regression. Looking at just raw numbers, guys who hit 20-plus sacks, like Lawrence Taylor, Chris Doleman, Mark Gastineau, Michael Strahan and most recently Jared Allen, saw a big drop the following year, in part due to the extra attention.

Watt will continue to progress and get even better. However, we will probably see a dip in his numbers this year as he re-adjusts to the offenses adjusting to what he did in 2012.



Again, you can see the whole thing at Bleacher Report (including why I might be wrong) and thanks for stopping by!


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