Written by Matthew Cannata
Every year during training camp and the regular season, there are players who break out that weren’t expected to. Last year, Jimmy Wilson, Rishard Matthews and Don Jones quickly established themselves during camp and made an impact in various areas of the game during the season. This year, James Walker of ESPN.com recently named Michael Thomas, Terrence Fede and Jordan Tripp as sleepers to watch during training camp, which begins on Friday.
Michael Thomas was the player who saved the game against the New England Patriots in week 15 of the 2013 season just days after being signed off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. Thomas showed flashes of promise towards the end last year but there is a lot of depth at the secondary. He may be one to break through and shine.
Terrence Fede, a seventh-round pick, is a player who will benefit the most from the Dion Jordan suspension. He will be able to showcase his talents during training camp and preseason and it will be up to him to prove he can hang with the boys. While he may not see a ton of action on the defensive line, look for him to make an impact on special teams.
Jordan Tripp was a fifth-round pick but is being inserted into a linebacker unit desperate for playmakers. Tripp has great leadership, aggressiveness and instincts. He may not crack the starting lineup this year but he should have a tremendous impact on special teams and could see limited action in various packages.
It would be great if these three, along with a few others, to really develop into good football players this season and continue to build a successful foundation for years to come.
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