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NFL 2012 Preview: Eight Breakout Stars

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Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson is likely to surprise people around the league, and Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones seems poised to have a monster second season. | Getty Images

Last season saw tight ends Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski set absurd offensive records. Fans also witnessed a superstar in the making in Carolina's 2011 first overall draft choice, Cam Newton. As the NFL continues to shift more and more to a passing league, one might reasonably expect massive rookie campaigns from both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III this season -- but here are seven other offensive names to watch for in the 2012 NFL season, as well. (I'm talking to you, fantasy owners.)

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This is Part I of a three-part NFL preview.

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