10 Standout NFL Preseason Players of 2012

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10 Standout NFL Preseason Players of 2012

These football rookies (and other 2nd and 3rd stringers) showed serious potential during the preseason. Keep your eye on them: It probably won't be long before they're making their way into the starting lineup.

The NFL season is underway. We’ve all overanalyzed our fantasy rosters, made up reasons as to why this is our team’s year, and ate way too much food at the opening kickoff tailgate. But for the past month, we’ve been held over by preseason play, which usually only provides a glimpse of the star players and high-octane action we want to see. It's just a tune-up for guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Arian Foster, as most coaches prefer to dodge preseason injury-potential and play second and third stringers...sometimes a frustrating preview for the fans.

But for plenty of rookies and back-ups, preseason can serve as their initiation into the NFL. In some cases, it's a do-or-die situation that decides whether players make the roster or get cut. Here’s a list of 10 new players who have either turned heads or exceeded expectations over the course of the preseason. Whether they’re top draft picks or guys battling their way in from small schools or the Canadian Football League, they’ve all proved their worth over the past month. It’ll be interesting to see how the season pans out for each of them. Who knows? By season’s end, you might be starting one of these guys on your fantasy team.

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