Last year, there were wide receivers such as Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Keenan Allen who experienced breakout seasons. There are bound to be more this year.
In 2013, we saw wide receivers such as Alshon Jeffery and Josh Gordon come out of nowhere and experience breakout seasons.
Wide receivers typically break out in their second or third years in the NFL, but there have been players such as Keenan Allen who broke out in their rookie seasons.
Here are five receivers that will have breakout seasons in 2014.
5. Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans
Hunter did not produce right away as a rookie for the Titans, but he showed great promise toward the end of the season with two 100-yard receiving games in the final five games. Since Hunter has blazing speed and more familiarity with the Titans offense, his numbers can only go up. Plus, opposing defenses will now key in on Kendall Wright, who broke out with 94 catches and 1,079 yards.
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
Hopkins experienced a solid rookie season with 52 catches and 802 yards. This all came with shoddy play at quarterback. While the position has not undergone any significantly positive changes, Hopkins is still primed to build on his rookie season. Andre Johnson has held out of Texans practices, so this has given Hopkins a prime opportunity to gain more reps with the first team. He will also benefit from the presence of head coach Bill O’Brien, who worked wonders with Penn State. If Johnson continues to miss practice, he will return rusty. This would make Hopkins a more prominent target in the Texans offense.