Every year in the NFL, players do amazing things that seem to make us question everything we know about what is humanly possible. Every year has its standout play—in 2014, it was Odell Beckham Jr.’s insane one-handed catch. No one wants to miss that play in 2015, and no one wants to miss good football in general. Let’s take a look at the top 10 players to watch in the NFL for 2015:
Jameis Winston—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (?): Winston and Mariota are two of the most hyped up rookie quarterbacks of the past decade, and no doubt they will both be top 10 picks in the NFL Draft. We’ve all seen what Winston is capable of, now the question is can he bring it to the NFL.
Marcus Mariota—New York Jets (?): Mariota gets the nod over Winston because of the possibility that the Philadelphia Eagles may trade up for him. If that’s the case, Mariota will have to live up to the hype and everything the Eagles may give away to bring him in.
Justin Houston—Kansas City Chiefs: After finishing one sack away from breaking Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record, the sky is the limit in 2015. The Chiefs franchise tagged the big man, so we get to see what he’s capable of in Missouri for at least another season.
Rob Gronkowski—New England Patriots: Gronk is an absolute freak of nature. At 6’7, 265 pounds, Gronkowski is a nightmare to defend. It will be interesting to see if he can lead the Pats to another Super Bowl.
LeSean McCoy—Buffalo Bills: McCoy had a down season in 2014, but now he will have a bit of a change of scenery after being traded to the Bills. McCoy will be the go-to back in Rex Ryan’s offense up there, so it will be fun to watch if he can get back on track in 2015.
Adrian Peterson—Dallas Cowboys (?): After missing 2014 due to child abuse allegations, Peterson will most likely be switching teams before the beginning of 2015. The Cowboys look like a probable candidate, but only time will tell how well he can fit into the offense down in Dallas.
Calvin Johnson—Detroit Lions: Johnson was nagged by injuries all season and he still posted insane numbers. Megatron is the absolutely unstoppable, and he has shown no signs of slowing down heading into 2015.
Odell Beckham Jr.—New York Giants: ODB, OBJ, whatever you call him he has developed into one of the best wide receivers in the NFL—and he hasn’t even played a full season yet. Victor Cruz will be back now, so he defenses will have even more to worry about. Beckham is electrifying, and every catch just seems better than the last.
Peyton Manning—Denver Broncos: The Sheriff is back for one last season and one last shot at the Super Bowl. Manning will have an entirely new offensive scheme and a defensive coordinator that actually knows what he’s doing, so Peyton may be one of the lucky few Hall of Famers to retire after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
J.J. Watt—Houston Texans: Watt is by far the best defensive player in the NFL. On top of that, he’s shown himself to be an above average goal line receiver as well. He scores in basically every way possible except kicking, but honestly he could probably do that too.