Feb 2, 2015, 11:34 AM EDT
Mike Adams, Colts S
Adams had a standout season in Indianapolis, finishing third on the Colts with 87 tackles in the regular season. He also added 19 tackles in three postseason games, as the Colts finished one win shy of reaching the Super Bowl. Adams’ strong numbers earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl – the first selection of his career.
Marcus Burley, Seahawks DB
Burley had a breakout year for the Seahawks, playing in 13 games for one of the league’s top defenses and finishing with 35 tackles, five passes defended and an interception. While he didn’t see the field in Seattle’s postseason run to the Super Bowl, Burley’s regular-season contributions helped the Seahawks claim an NFC West title.
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB
The former Super Bowl MVP posted another solid season in Baltimore. He ranked 12th in the league with 3,986 passing yards, tied for 12th with 27 touchdowns and 13th with 344 completions. After leading the Ravens back to the playoffs, Flacco threw for 551 yards and six scores in two postseason games.
Zach Kerr, Colts DT
Kerr was a regular contributor to Indianapolis’ defensive front, finishing the season with 16 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. He recorded two ore more tackles in five games for the playoff-bound Colts in 2014.
Paul Worrilow, Falcons LB
Worrilow was a tackling machine in Atlanta in 2014, posting 143 total stops on the season – a number that ranked fifth in the NFL. The second-year player totaled 45 more tackles than any other Falcon, and also added a pair of sacks and three passes defended.
Arthur Moats, Steelers LB
Moats finished with 23 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2014, helping guide the Steelers into the postseason. Moats’ season was highlighted by a four-tackle, two-sack performance on Dec. 7 in a win at Cincinnati – a game in which he also recovered a fumble.
Corey Graham, Bills CB
Graham’s 84 tackles in 2014 were the second most by any cornerback in the NFL and ranked third among Bills players. The eighth-year veteran also recorded a pair of interceptions, 15 passes defended and a fumble recovery, and finished with at least five tackles in 10 of Buffalo’s games.
Kerry Wynn, Giants DE
After going undrafted in last spring’s NFL Draft, Wynn caught on in New York and was a solid contributor in 2014. He finished with 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception while seeing action in five games.
Jermon Bushrod, Bears OL
Bushrod started 14 games on Chicago’s offensive line this season, helping the Bears average 4.1 yards-per-rush. Bushrod’s pass protection was also vital in limiting Bears opponents to just 39 sacks in 2014 – a number that ranked in the top half of the league.
Terrence West, Browns RB
West appeared in 14 games and started six for the Browns, rushing 171 times for 673 yards and four touchdowns. His season was highlighted by a 100-yard performance at Pittsburgh in the season opener, and a 94-yard showing at the Bengals on Nov. 6. West’s 673 yards were fifth most among league rookies.
Darrel Young, Redskins FB
While he finished with just 11 receptions and nine rushing attempts in 2014, Young made the most of his opportunities, converting five of them into touchdowns. He found the endzone in each of Washington’s first three games, then scored twice on the ground in a win over the Eagles on Dec. 20.
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Jonathan Grimes, Texans RB
Grimes proved to be a suitable backup to Arian Foster this season, rushing 39 times for 153 yards and catching eight balls for 86 yards. Grimes’ top outing of 2014 came on Nov. 16, where he posted 54 yards on 13 carries in a Texans win over Cleveland.
Sean Lissemore, Chargers DT
Lissemore started eight games and played in 15 this season for San Diego, totaling 29 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. His six stops on Nov. 30 in a Chargers win at Baltimore marked a season high.
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