By Ali Guidoum
Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant, now entering his eighth season as a Dallas Cowboy, is going to see a lot of action because second year running back Ezekiel Elliott is suspended the first six games of the season. Bryant had a solid campaign last season with 796 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant has not had a 1,000-yard receiving year since 2014. After dealing with foot and knee injuries the past two seasons, Bryant looks to return to his dominant self this upcoming season if he stays healthy. In the third preseason game against the Colts on Saturday, Bryant hauled in two receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Dan Bailey, kicker, Dallas Cowboys
Dan Bailey continues to prove he is one of the best kickers in the NFL each year. Bailey, entering his seventh season, has missed only 20 field goals in his professional career. Bailey is a security blanket for the Cowboys and has showed up in the clutch when needed.
Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill is looking to build upon his spectacular rookie campaign. Hill finished his rookie season with 593 receiving yards, 267 rushing yards and combined for eight touchdowns. Hill has been the Chiefs’ go-to player on special teams and that showed as he returned a kickoff and two punts for touchdowns last season. With the absence of former No.1 receiver Jeremy Maclin, Hill looks to claim the top receiving spot for the Chiefs. Hill has not seen much action during the preseason because the coaching units want to wait for the regular season opener. The Chiefs travel to Foxborough to face reigning Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 7 to start the regular season.
Emmanuel Ogbah, defensive end, Cleveland Browns
After having a rough rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, Emmanuel Ogbah looks to improve along with a young but talented defense in Cleveland. Ogbah and first-overall pick Myles Garrett will look to team up and battle in the trenches as the duo could be a nightmare matchup for opposing offensive units. Ogbah finished his rookie year with 28 solo tackles and 5.5 sacks and will only look to enhance his performances week after week.
Chris Carson, running back, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson, a seventh-round draft pick this year, continues to impress players and coaching staff during his tenure at Seattle. During the first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Carson had 19 rushing yards and found the end zone twice. In Seattle’s second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, Carson was asked to play special teams on the kickoff team, where he forced a fumble. The entire team, from the players to the coaches, have enjoyed Carson’s work ethic and it might be just enough for him to make the 53-man roster.
Vincent Taylor, defensive tackle, Miami Dolphins
Vincent Taylor, who the Miami Dolphins believe was their steal of the draft, is a versatile and athletic player for his size, which was an upside that led to Taylor being drafted in the sixth round. During his tenure at Oklahoma State, Taylor was known to be the defensive anchor of the team. Now entering his rookie season with the Dolphins, Taylor will learn from some of the best at his position. With teammates Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, Taylor will look to learn as much as he can from the Pro Bowl defensive linemen. The Dolphins’ defensive line could be an unpleasant experience for opposing teams with Taylor, Suh and Wake at the helm of the defense.