The Eagles’ second-year passer established himself as a franchise quarterback in 2017, leading Philadelphia to an 11–2 record before a knee injury ended his season early. Philly still earned the top seed in the NFC.
2 of 12Greg Nelson
Jared Goff and Todd Gurley
Under the leadership of first-year Rams coach Todd McVay, Goff raised his passer rating by more than 35 points from his rookie campaign and threw 28 touchdown passes; Gurley led the NFL in touchdowns with 19 and made a late-season surge that put him in MVP contention for the NFC West champs.
3 of 12Erick W. Rasco
The Patriots’ stalwart showed no signs of slowing at age 40, topping the league in passing yards and leading New England to the top seed in the AFC. A third MVP award and sixth Super Bowl title are well within reach.
4 of 12Fred Vuich
Despite missing the final two games of the season with a calf injury, the Steelers wideout easily led the league in receiving yards, with 1,533. He's hopeful to return for Pittsburgh’s divisional-round playoff game.
5 of 12Simon Bruty
Le Veon Bel
Another of Pittsburgh’s Killer B’s, Bell led the league in carries for the playoff-bound Steelers.
6 of 12Simon Bruty
The Minnesota native and former practice-squadder had a breakout year for the Vikes, with 91 catches for 1,276 yards as a steady target for Case Keenum, and earned a Pro Bowl nod.
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The Jags’ free-agent signing paid off big, with a career-high 14.5 sacks, to help a rejuvenated Jacksonville defense carry the team to its first playoff berth since 2007.
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The Cardinals’ QB-hassler led the league in sacks with 17 and was named to his second Pro Bowl.
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The first-rounder out of Ohio State made an immediate impact on a desperately needy Saints secondary; Lattimore had five picks and was named Defensive Rookie of the Month in both October and December.
10 of 12John W. McDonough
The electrifying Saints rookie had 9.0 yards per touch, highest for a back in 25 years, and 14 touchdowns. He was third in the league in all-purpose yards, behind Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell.
11 of 12John W. McDonough
Five running backs were drafted ahead of the Toledo product in 2017, but no one in the league rushed for more yards in 2017 than Hunt, who had 1,327 yards. He also caught 53 passes for 455 yards for the AFC West-champion Chiefs.
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The Rams’ bigfoot has established himself as one of the elite punters in NFL history—his 47.1 yards per punt ranks second all-time; he and placekicker Greg Zuerlein give the Rams the best kicking game in football.
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