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No Arizona Cardinals among top 2nd-year breakout candidates

But perhaps there should be.

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As we look ahead to the 2015 season, we always want to project who will break out. Who will be the next big thing in the NFL this coming season? Frequently we look at the incoming rookie class, especially now, as the NFL Draft is at the end of the month.

But many players break out in Year 2.

In an Insider article for ESPN, Field Yates lists eight second-year breakout candidates. There is not a single Arizona Cardinals player.

He lists Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, Aaron Lynch, Joel Bitonio, DeMarcus Lawrence, Allen Robinson and Stephon Tuitt.

Almost half the list is from the NFC West. All are good candidates.

Arizona will have receiver John Brown and safety Deone Bucannon entering their second year, but they already made significant contributions in their rookie season. With the receivers and safeties the Cardinals have, it might be tough to have a significantly better season.

But how about these second year players? They could very well take a big step and "break out."

RB Kerwynn Williams: His career started with a 100-yard game last season. Yes, the Cardinals are actively looking for another running back in the draft, but despite Williams' size, he could be the guy to be complement to Andre Ellington.

OLB Kareem Martin: He is moving from defensive end to outside linebacker. The team hopes to harness his pass rushing potential and have him find success off the edge. He has the raw talent. He had a long way to go based on last season, but he could definitely have the type of season Alex Okafor last season.

Troy Niklas: We saw Darren Fells finish 2014 strongly. Niklas battled injuries his rookie season, but has the potential to be a devastating blocker and solid pass catcher. He's not Jimmy Graham, but how about Heath Miller?

Are there other second year players you think could break out?