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.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts QB

Luck was pinned as the no. 1 2012 NFL draft pick before he even started his final season at Stanford. Sure enough, the Colts got him with the first overall choice and released future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Needless to say, Luck has some big shoes to fill as he looks to become the new franchise quarterback in Indianapolis. He can only do that one step at a time, and he’s done everything in his power to inspire confidence during the preseason.

Getting plenty of playing time in the first three games (he was limited to a single series in the last), Luck completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 522 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 18 yards and another TD. Unlike Wilson, Luck doesn’t have a backup breathing down his neck, so we’re sure to see the kid out there all year leading a young offense. Whether it’s a building year or an unexpected success story for Indy, it will be interesting to see how Luck builds off his solid preseason.

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