Who will star in each NFL division in 2022?
Of the 32 NFL teams this year, nearly all will have a breakout performer. It can be a roster player who has maybe worked a few years and will reach the next level, or a rookie who is ready for the NFL and takes center stage.
NFL Network data scientist Cynthia Frelund detailed her picks for each team, but who will stand out in 2022 within their divisions. Let’s try to predict the top breakout artists in each division.
AFC North – Mike Hilton
Mike Hilton has had a great year at cornerback in 2021 – his first year with the Cincinnati Bengals. His skills should continue to evolve and this year could see a massive jump in production.
AFC South – Trevor Lawrence
The number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has struggled during his rookie season. This was partly thanks to a toxic coaching situation. During week 18, when the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Colts to dash their playoff hopes, Lawrence finally looked comfortable and lit up the opposing defense for 223 yards and two touchdowns. A preview of things to come.
AFC East – Raheem Mostert
Among the additions to Miami Dolphins The team is former 49ers running back Raheem Mostert. Although Mostert has missed a lot of time through injury, his return to action means he can look to get back to 5.7 yards per carry and a healthy year.
AFC West – Hunter Renfrow
After a Pro Bowl year, Hunter Renfrow could see an increase in targets and strikes with Davante Adams catching the attention of defenders. The Oakland Raiders now have a tandem of wide receivers that could light up defenses across the league
NFC North – Christian Watson
The Green Bay Packers lost huge talent when Davante Adams joined the Las Vegas Raiders. With Aaron Rodgers still at the helm, rookie receiver Christian Watson is looking to make a big impact and become the future Hall of Fame quarterback’s next favorite target.
NFC South – Russell Gage
Russell Gage joins a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that may be short on pass catchers at the start of the season. With Chris Godwins possibly missing some time after injury, Rob Gronkowski’s likely retirement and Antonio Brown’s latest slump, Tom Brady will need some new weapons. Look for Gage to score 1,000 yards this NFL season.
NFC East – Terry McLaurin
One of the league’s most underrated wide receivers, Terry McLaurin suffered a roster spot on what has been one of the league’s most consistent pedestrian offenses. Now, with Carson Wentz joining the team, Washington COs are optimistic for the 2022 NFL season, it all hinges on Wentz’s presence.
NFC West – Cam Akers
The Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl last year despite Cam Akers struggling with an Achilles tendon injury. With his healthy return, Akers will come in and hopefully come back and surpass his impressive rookie year. The Rams could return this year with Akers in the backfield.
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