The NFL is in the midst of an era full of explosive playmakers. When a team puts the ball in the hands of a extraordinary athlete, they are a legitimate threat to take it the distance and provide fans with a play they will never forget.
It’s about more than just speed. While that might help a running back create some distance or allow a wide receiver to get open deep, that doesn’t necessarily make someone a dangerous playmaker.
The ability to make defenders miss, or reverse field and find a hole in the defense that no one else sees, is what separates these players from the rest.
As we look ahead to the 2020 NFL season, these are the five most dangerous playmakers in the NFL today.
It’s rare for a quarterback to be listed among the league’s most dangerous "playmakers." For all the incredible plays QBs make with their arms, they just don’t provide the explosive rushing ability to be considered a playmaker. Of course, as he showed during the 2019 season, the unanimous NFL MVP winner is beyond special at quarterback.
Jackson, 23, makes ankle-breaking runs look easy and 40-yard rushing touchdowns appear routine. It’s why he set the NFL’s single-season quarterback rushing record with 1,206 yards. But Jackson's skills go beyond that. He can make impossible throws and rarely turns the ball over. We saw Jackson post incredible stats last season and with coaches raving about his growth as a passer, he will remain an unstoppable playmaker.
It isn't wise for an NFL team to sign a running back to a record-breaking contract. The mega-deals rarely work out, with the organization often moving on a few years in. ... We aren’t expecting that to be a problem in Carolina as its star should be worth every penny.
Christian McCaffrey’s stats are simply ridiculous. Not only did he rack up 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, he added 1,005 yards and four scores as a receiver. In fact, McCaffrey, 23, broke his own single-season record with 116 receptions by a running back. When you can do things like this, there’s just no way for a defense to stop you for an entire game. Now under offensive coordinator Joe Brady, we expect McCaffrey to make even more big plays in 2020.
It’s not fair what this man can do on the football field. Defensive backs spend the week before a matchup against the Chiefs dealing with nightmares of Hill turning them into burnt toast. When the game finally starts, Hill goes out and turns those nightmares into reality.
Frankly, Hill, 26, might have more room to improve based on his insane workouts this offseason. Look at Hill’s stats from 2018, per Pro Football Reference, when he averaged 17 yards per catch and finished with 1,630 yards from scrimmage. A playmaker in every sense of the word, get the football in Hill’s hands and stellar things happen.
We did not see the regular Alvin Kamara during the 2019 NFL season. The star running back admitted he played at less than 80 percent health, according to NFL.com, with ankle and knee injuries taking a toll on his explosiveness. He finally started to come alive near the end of the season, which leaves us feeling optimistic for 2020.
This is a player capable of recording 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. As Kamara’s stats from 2018 show — 1,592 yards from scrimmage on 275 touches — he can make plenty of big plays. Defenses might be focusing on Michael Thomas more this season, which could open the field up for Kamara, 24. It will be great news for the Saints and even better for fantasy football owners.
Everyone had their eyes on Godwin for a breakout season in 2019. Despite QB Jameis Winston seemingly turning the ball over on every other drive, Godwin proved he is one of the most explosive weapons in the NFL. In fact, he could be on the verge of accomplishing even more with Tom Brady now under center for the Buccaneers.
Godwin was among the most explosive playmakers after the catch last season, according to Fox Sports. Just as impressive, according to Pro Football Focus, he finished near the top among his peers in broken tackles. As we look ahead to the 2020 season, Godwin will now have a more accurate quarterback throwing him the football. Don’t be shocked if he winds up becoming a first-team All-Pro selection and leads the NFL in receiving yards.
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