Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the Cincinnati Bengals, that player is defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Carlos Dunlap had a very good rookie year with 10 sacks as a rotational player and when he had just 5 sacks in 2011 in a larger role, it was seen by some as a disappointment. This made sense. After all, Dunlap made noise as a sophomore at the University of Florida with 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a situational player in 2008, leading to everyone calling him a potential top-10 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. When he didn’t take that next step as a player when he became an every down player in 2009, managing just 11 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks with more snaps, his stock fell and he ende...
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