Training camps are just around the corner, and after that comes the 2022 NFL season. It'll be a pivotal year for all the teams who spent big this offseason to upgrade premium positions like quarterback and wide receiver. But what about the teams dependent on overlooked or rehabilitating big names? Everyone loves a good comeback story, and we've got a few in mind for 2022.
Here are 10 players especially poised for bounce-back seasons:
Colts QB Matt Ryan
He hasn't led a winning team in five years, and his numbers were perfectly mediocre for a rebuilding Falcons team in 2021. Now, even if his arm doesn't find new life at 37, he should be rejuvenated by the fresh scenery. With Jonathan Taylor behind him and a solid defense on his side, he should be able to settle in as the point guard for a playoff contender.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence
The former No. 1 overall pick is still bound for growing pains, but everything around him is better in 2022. The line is improved with Brandon Scherff now on the interior, the skill groups are at least deeper, and best of all, his head coach is now an ally. It'll be hard for Lawrence not to take a step forward under Doug Pederson after a listless rookie year.
Titans RB Derrick Henry
King Henry still hit 937 rushing yards in 2021 despite missing eight games, but as a former 2,000-yard back, he's capable of so much more. And he should be back to a heavy workload as the focal point of their offense, especially with QB Ryan Tannehill navigating a remodeled passing offense and under pressure to deliver on a playoff run.