NFL Season is inching closer; it is almost time to strap up the chin straps and play some football. Every year there are NFL players that must step up. Here are the three i think must step up for their teams to be successful in this NFL Season.
Derek Carr QB Oakland Raiders
It is put up or shut up time for Derek Carr. Last season in Jon Gruden first year as coach, Carr threw 19 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He did not play well last season for a lot of reasons. The Raiders trading Amari Cooper and a struggling offensive line did not help.
In the offseason, the Raiders went out and got Carr some help. The acquired Antonio Brown via trade signed Tyrell Williams and drafted Josh Jacobs at running back. Also, they beefed up their offensive line adding Trent Brown. So this season there should be no excuses from Carr. He has the talent around him to succeed, not its time to show and prove what he can do. I think he could have a season as he did in 2016 before he got injured.
David Johnson RB Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson coming off an injury last season had down year. He rushed for 948 yards and caught 50 passes. The Arizona Cardinals were a mess last season. Quarterback play was not good, and the offensive was horrible. This season with Kyker Murray at the helm, the Cardinals will have some hope.
Kliff Kingsbury is bringing his air raid attack to the Cardinals. In this offense, Johnson should be able to get the ball in some space. With a rookie quaterback starting, the Cardinals will lean on Johnson a lot. I can see him having a big season like in 2016. He ran for 1,239 yards and caught 80 passes. The Cardinals will need Johnson to play great to take the heat off of Kyler Murray.
Bud Dupree Edge Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers has struggled the past few seasons. With Antonio Brown gone, the offense will be useful, but might not be as dynamic as it once was. With a struggling secondary, the Steelers will need a better pass rush. Here is when Bud Dupree comes into play. Dupree is former first-round draft pick and has not had more than six sacks in any of his first four seasons. It is time for him to step up and get those sack numbers into the double digits. The Steelers picked up his $9 plus option, so they see something in him. If the Steelers defense wants to be successful, it is on Dupree to play well.