With a year of experience and a full offseason worth of NFL training to fall back on, these second-year players often greatly exceed their initial performances and emerge as vital contributors all around the league. Bill Belichick often points toward the Year 2 jump as key for any team, and his 2014 roster will have a handful of candidates to fulfill that promise.
Last year’s rookie class showed flashes of being able to contribute, but if its member can find some consistency such improvement could prove to be an important element to the Patriots ultimate success. Wide receivers
There are several candidates but this week’s Samsonite Make Your Case question asks: Which Patriot is poised to make the biggest Year 2 jump?
PFW's Erik Scalavino says ...
The way Collins emerged at the end of last season gives me considerable reason for optimism as he enters his second year with New England. He didn’t see much action early, but as injuries mounted, Collins was given more and more responsibility, and he took full advantage of it.
He has the benefit of being healthy and a full participant in the offseason strength and conditioning program, meaning he’ll be far ahead of where he was last spring, and with very little depth behind him on the roster, he’ll have the confidence of knowing that a starting job is his to lose. His is in perfect position to capitalize on the Year 2 jump. I expect Collins to make the most of this golden opportunity. --ES
PFW's Paul Perillo says ...
There were times when Dobson looked the part of a quality outside receiver as a rookie. Now he needs to prove he can do it on a consistent basis – and I believe he will.
Dobson may not make the leap to Pro Bowl status in 2014 but I feel he can easily double his production from a year ago, and if he does he’ll qualify as the biggest Year 2 jump. --PP
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