4 Breakout Players From the NFC North Ahead of the 2019 NFL Season

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The NFC North has been active this offseason, though mostly with beer-chugging competitions. The main players, like Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford, stay the same, but there are a few players in the NFC North that look poised for breakout campaigns.

With that in mind, here are four players in the NFC North that could have career years in 2019.

4. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers

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One of the biggest standouts early in Green Bay Packers' camp has reportedly been Marquez Valdes-Scantling. He projects to be the third receiver in Green Bay's offense, alongside Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison. But, it's the speed of MVS that separates him from the pack (pun intended) and could give him featured role in Matt LaFleur's offense. The second-year receiver ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine, and he could be an excellent deep threat in the upcoming season.

3. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears traded away Jordan Howard, opting to replace him with David Montgomery out of Iowa State. Montgomery is a patient, strong runner who could be an excellent replacement for Howard. This offense will likely provide plenty of opportunities to succeed, and Montgomery could see a majority of the goal-line carries in 2019. Considering Howard racked up 250 carries in 2018, Montgomery could see a ton of volume in the upcoming season.

2. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions

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A knee injury prematurely ended Kerryon Johnson's rookie season. Luckily, he did not require surgery and is reportedly good to go. It's not too bold to say that Johnson may be the most talented running back the Lions have had since Barry Sanders. In ten games, Johnson ran for 641 yards on 118 attempts and three touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 213 yards, adding one receiving touchdown. Johnson has legitimate 1,500-yard potential this season, provided he can stay on the field.

1. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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We've gotten a glimpse of what Dalvin Cook can do in the NFL, but injuries have limited his opportunities. If he can stay on the field, this could be his breakout season as the do-it-all back for the Minnesota Vikings. He has played in a total of 15 games over two seasons, gaining 1,364 total yards from scrimmage. He has a good shot at matching his career output in the 2019 season if he avoids the injury bug.

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