As minicamps start springing up around the NFL map, this month is when we get that first sneak peek of the new rookie draft class. But as much as all the new faces in all the new places pique our interest, a less obvious source of impact will come from all those highly-regarded 2008 rookies who either fell off the radar screen due to injuries or failed to live up to expectations last year.
Supposedly the biggest leaps of improvement in the NFL are made by players between their first and second seasons, when the rookie daze starts to subside and a veteran air of understanding begins to descend. With that in mind, here are 20 second-year players who need to deliver in 2009, erasing the memory of their underachieving rookie seasons:
• A few more second-year players to watch for: