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Most Impactful Players for Every NFC Team in 2017

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott

Prescott had an impressive rookie campaign throwing for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The Cowboys went 13-3 in the regular season last year and finished first in the NFC East. The Green Bay Packers knocked the Cowboys out of the playoffs in the Divisional Round last season. Dak will need to have another impressive season alongside Ezekiel Elliott.

New York Giants – Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Giants have weapons in their receiving core after bringing in Brandon Marshall. Odell will need to be a distraction for Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and even rookie tight end Evan Engram. Odell will also have a stellar season because of those other weapons. He has already shown he is one of the best in the league and will continue to prove that this season.

Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz

Wentz had a decent rookie campaign throwing for 3,782 yards with 16 touchdowns but threw 14 interceptions. He now has legitimate receivers in Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith to throw the ball to. Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson believe they have the weapons to bring home the NFC East title but he will need to take care of the ball and show how he’s grown in the offseason to do so.

Washington Redskins – Jordan Reed

Reed battled injuries last year but continued to fight week in and week out. He ended last season with 66 receptions with 686 yards and six touchdowns. Reed will need to stay healthy this season in order for the Redskins to be successful. He’s a two-way player at the tight end position. He blocks well and has the hands to be one of the special tight ends to play in this league.
NFC North

Chicago Bears – Jordan Howard

Well the Bears are awful and have no hope to go anywhere this season but Jordan Howard is a special player and fun to watch. Last season, his rookie year, he ran for 1,313 yards with six touchdowns. While, this year won’t be too special for the Bears, they’ll need to lock up this young back and build around him for the future.

Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford

In my opinion Matthew Stafford is coming off his best year as a pro. He was without Calvin Johnson which made him have to improve on reading coverage’s and making adjustments on the line of scrimmage. If Stafford can continue to grow as a quarterback the Lions will be fun to watch and maybe make a playoff run.

Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is a special quarterback with his ability to create time and scramble out of the pocket. Last season Rodgers threw for 4,428 yards with 40 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He was able to do all that with Jody Nelson and Randall Cobb missing some time during the year.

Minnesota Vikings – Xavier Rhodes

Rhodes has quickly become one of the most feared cornerbacks in the league. Last season Rhodes had five interceptions with one touchdown. He makes that Viking defense run and will be looked at to lead one of the league’s top defenses once again.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons – Mohamed Sanu

We all know about Julio Jones but Sanu is the best number-two receiver in the league. Sanu finished last season with 653 yards and four touchdowns. The Falcons are coming off a tough loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl but Sanu will be vital for this team’s success this season.

Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly

Kuechly is simply the heart and brain of the Carolina Panthers defense. Kuechly missed six games last season due to injury and the Panthers struggled throughout the season. He’ll need to stay healthy to save the Panthers defense this season.

New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees

Brees lost Brandin Cooks via trade to the Patriots but he’ll still have Willie Snead and Michael Thomas. Brees threw for 5,208 yards last season with 37 touchdowns. He’ll now have more power through the running game with the addition of Adrian Peterson.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston

Winston is set up for a breakout year with DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard, and Mike Evans at his disposal. Last year Winston had a decent season but threw 18 interceptions. With the weapons he has on offense the Buccaneers may be in playoff contention if he can limit the turnovers.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals – David Johnson

In David Johnson’s second season with the Arizona Cardinals he had 1,239 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns as well as, 879 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns. Johnson showed us all that he can be a feature back in the NFL and can also do everything out of the backfield.

Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff

Goff only played in seven games last season and the Rams had really no bright spots throughout the season. In his second season Goff will need to take strides to show he can be a reliable QB in this league.

San Francisco 49ers – NaVorro Bowman

Nothing too great will happen for the 49ers this season. They’ll be awful but the one to watch will be middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Bowman only played in four games last season and will be entering his 8th season in the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks – Eddie Lacy

Lacy only played in five games last season with the Green Bay Packers. He’ll need to keep his weight under control and can play a huge impact on the Seahawks success.

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