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10 Names You Should Know for 2014

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Cordarrelle Patterson, WR MIN

The rookie wide receiver was largely absent for a majority of the season but when he was given a chance, Patterson flashed his game changing speed and natural ability. The Vikings have long needed a consistent second offensive complement to Adrian Peterson’s run game. Patterson will benefit from the anticipated arrival of a new coaching staff which will more than likely look to feature one of the more talented up and coming receivers from the 2013 rookie class.

Marcus Lattimore, RB SFF

Lattimore still has an uphill battle ahead of him to remain healthy but so far all signals have been positive as he will look to be incorporated into the 49ers’ backfield this summer. With Frank Gore’s impressive career dwindling down and the rest of the running back cast nondescript, Lattimore has more than a fair shot at being a valuable commodity next season in San Francisco.

Rueben Randle, WR NYG

Randle had some camp buzz heading into this past season but as the Giants offense went into the toilet, so did Randle’s chance at fantasy relevance. 2014 will most likely see Hakeem Nicks leave town which leaves Randle as the secondary option opposite Victor Cruz in a hopefully revamped Giants offense. Randle has shown that he is a more than capable target for Eli Manning.

Da’Rick Rogers, WR IND

Rogers took the roundabout way to his rookie debut after going undrafted and bouncing around a couple of practice squads. He finally landed on a Colts team that is loaded with wide receiver talent but got his chance after the Colts suffered a wave of injuries. With the return of Reggie Wayne making the waters even murkier, Rogers is going to have a lot to prove this off-season to make waves on the field. Of course, step one with Rogers will be not making waves off the field.

Ladarius Green, TE SDC

The big man made his mark with a mini mid-season run before fading out down the stretch. What he gave us for that fleeting moment was a brief glimpse into the future of the tight end position in San Diego. The best years of Antonio Gates are now behind him and even if the Chargers look to find a way to keep Gates onboard for next year, the passing of the torch will commence in 2014.

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