Four second-year NFL players with upside in 2013

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

When thinking about last year’s rookies, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Alfred Morris and Doug Martin have become the players to watch.

But it seems as though the 2012 NFL rookie class may have more to offer than that.

Here are four players on the offensive side of the ball that collectors should watch this season.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

Wilson is the feature back this season with the Giants getting rid of Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown breaking his leg. The 2012 draft pick had a rough start last year when he fumbled early in the first game and did not see another touch. However, Wilson set New York’s team record for all-purpose yards in a single game on Dec. 9. He had 327 all-purpose yards – 227 kickoff returns with a touchdown and 100 rushing yards with two touchdowns.

Key cards
2012 Panini National Treasures #314 David Wilson JSY AU RC
2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #189 David Wilson
2012 Topps 1965 Mini Autographs #148 David Wilson

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

“My goal is 1,500 (yards),” Miller told Miller might be able to accomplish it now that he is presumed starting back for the Dolphins with Reggie Bush gone. The 2012 draft pick had 250 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season. He’s going to have to step up with production, but it seems as though Miller is ready based on his own goals.

Key cards
2012 Panini National Treasures #312 Lamar Miller JSY AU RC
2012 Topps 1984 Autographs #6 Lamar Miller
2012 Panini Playbook #194 Lamar Miller JSY AU

Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

Givens had a solid rookie season with the Rams. He had 698 receiving yard and three touchdowns on 42 receptions last season – tops on the team. Many believe Sam Bradford is finally poised to have a big year in the NFL, Givens will be on the positive end of that.

Key cards
2012 Panini Playbook #183 Chris Givens JSY AU RC
2012 Crown Royale #258 Chris Givens JSY AU/349 RC
2012 Topps Inception #141 Chris Givens AU RC EXCH

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill was the rookie quarterback that many forgot about as the 2012 season. But Tannehill had a good first year in the league. He completed 282-of-484 passes (58.3 percent) for 3,294 passes and 12 touchdowns. Tannehill did get picked off 13 times and had nine fumbles. The second-year player has to protect the ball better.

Key cards
2012 Panini National Treasures #304 Ryan Tannehill JSY AU RC
2012 Panini Contenders #204A Ryan Tannehill AU/550* RC/(facing forward)
2012 Topps Five Star #151 Ryan Tannehill JSY AU/50 RC

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Mark
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Probably not a good week to tout the upside of David “Fumbles” Wilson and Lamar “Ridin’ the Pine” Miller.

  2. Chris Langston
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    3 out of 4 of these guys were Huge Busts this week being week 1 of the season! serious busts, not only in Fantasy but in real game time. David wilson fumbled twice and was pulled from the game, Lamar miller just stunk up the place with like 8 carries for 9 yards, and givens got like 40 yrds passing! Ryan Tannehill did alright i think. Anyway I knwo this b/c I drafted all but the QB ryan T in most of my leagues and boy have they let me down so far! I actually bought a handful of some of their autograph cards in givens, wilson, miller and at this point they seem like Huge BUSTS in the NFL, and in Fantasy FL’s. I can’t wait for Andre brown to come back!

  3. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Hindsight is 20/20, huh?

  4. Ryan
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    All these guys still have upside this year. Lot’s of guys had bad week ones, Calvin Johnson as an example has a 4 for 37.

    Andre Brown has been hurt his whole career, let’s not throw Wilson in the dumpster for 2 games out of 17 with a fumble.

  5. Posted September 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Yo Chris, you mess with Sooz you mess with all of us!

    I am still holding out hope for Chris Givens, I have a ton of his stupid cards.

  6. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s OK, Kevin. Got to keep me on my toes. I enjoy the discussions.

    That list certainly didn’t look good after week 1, but maybe by mid-season it will look better ( or not.)

  7. Posted September 10, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I sure hope you are right about Givens. I think I pulled one of his autos and/or patch cards out of every box I opened last year.

    One guy that will have a rough sophomore outing is Justin Blackmon. It’s gonna be hard to put up good numbers when your team can’t even make it to mid field.

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