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Even though we're still months away from the first snap of the 2019 NFL season, fans are searching for that player who can take their team to the next level. Fortunately, there are a ton of young studs with the right mix of talent and opportunity who look primed for a breakout season in 2019.
Here are four offensive players who could make their first Pro-Bowl appearance in 2019:
4. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Williams was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but a back injury kept him off the field for the majority of his rookie season. However, Williams flashed the talent that made him a Top-10 pick in his sophomore season, hauling in 10 touchdowns and establishing himself as a legitimate red-zone threat. Now that Tyrell Williams is with the Oakland Raiders, Williams is the No. 2 WR in Los Angeles and should see an increase in targets. Considering he reached double-digit TDs on only 66 targets in 2018, he could be in for a monster season in 2019.
3. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
O.J. Howard entered the league as one of the most athletic tight-end prospects we've seen in quite some time, but injuries have slowed him down a bit. Even so, Howard has put that explosive athleticism to good use, averaging 16.6 yards per reception in back-to-back seasons. That was first among TEs last season, even more than established deep threats like Brandin Cooks and Julio Jones. Howard also tallied 565 yards receiving and five touchdowns in 2018 despite only playing in 10 games. If Howard can stay healthy, he has a real shot at making his first Pro Bowl in head coach Bruce Arians' high-octane offense.
2. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
Despite only playing in 10 games as a rookie, Kerryon Johnson found a way to make history with the Detroit Lions. In Week 3, Johnson became the first Lions' RB to rush for over 100 yards since Reggie Bush in 2013, ending a 70-game drought. He more than topped that in Week 6, tallying 158 rushing yards on 19 carries. Johnson is also a threat as a receiver, amassing 213 receiving yards last campaign. The Auburn product looks like one of the most dynamic young RBs in the NFL, and if he can stay on the field, he could have a breakout season in 2019.
1. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield is one of the most hyped quarterbacks in the NFL for good reason – he's a transcendent talent. After taking over for Tyrod Taylor, Mayfield threw for 27 touchdowns, 3,524 yards and completed 63.3 percent of his passes. Those are impressive numbers for any QB during a 12-game stretch, let alone a rookie. Let's not forget about Odell Beckham Jr., who the Cleveland Browns added this offseason. Mayfield will be the conductor of an offense that arguably features the best plethora of weapons in the NFL next season. If he cuts down on turnovers (14 INTs, four fumbles in 2018), the former Oklahoma Sooner could be viewed as an elite quarterback as soon as next season.
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