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08/28/2012 09:29 am ET Updated Oct 28, 2012

5 NFL Bounceback Years

They say that in sports, it doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, but whether or not you get back up. These guys definitely got knocked down in 2011 but 2012 should prove to pick them back up.

DeSean Jackson: I really want to believe in this guy. I've hated his on-field antics through the years but his playmaking skills are hard to look away from. DeSean says he was playing to not get hurt last season, and will give it his all this time around. I'm inclined to believe him and I expect to see him flying downfield again this season.

Peyton Hillis: After getting destroyed by the Madden Curse last year, 2010's breakout star should find his niche as a red zone and change of pace back for the Chiefs. Romeo Crenel will install a ground-and-pound game that should leave enough touches for number-one back Jamal Charles and Peyton.

Sydney Rice: I think things are finally going to break just right for Sydney this season. His health concerns have subdued and he will finally have a good quarterback under center in either Russell WIlson or Matt Flynn. On a team horribly thin at wide receiver, he will be the number-one option for either quarterback while they're learning the system.

Sam Bradford: After a very promising rookie season, Bradford drastically regressed, due to injuries to himself and the Rams mediocre receiving core. His offensive line was partly to blame for the disappointment, as he was sacked more times in the 10 games he played in 2011 than the 16 he played in 2012. Coach Jeff Fisher and rookie receivers Brian Quick, and Chris Givens should help Bradford return to 2010 form.

Jay Cutler: Mr. Cutler got a hell of an off-season bonus from the Bears front office. He has finally been reunited with Brandon Marshall and QB coach Jeremy Bates from his Denver glory days. On top of that, he has been given rookie red zone threat Alshon Jeffries and a respectable backup for the injury prone Matt Forte in Michael Bush. Jay Cutler finally has all the toys at his disposal to be a top 10 quarterback.