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Every NFL Team's Biggest X-Factor Heading into 2020 Season

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If one of those pieces outperforms expectations, they can make the entire unit better.As such, there are three types of X-factors: individuals who have yet to reach their full potential, rookies who could contribute at a higher level than their draft status indicates and established veterans stepping into new situations with the need to reestablish themselves.On paper, the Arizona Cardinals have one of the league's most exciting offenses with running back Kenyan Drake's return, DeAndre Hopkins' addition to an already talented wide receiver corps and quarterback Kyler Murray leading the way. "Making those mistakes that you can't make unless you're doing it full speed and seeing him be able to respond to those and not make the same mistake again is impressive to see as a veteran watching the young guy, especially a young tackle."Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the best offensive tackle in April's draft class.Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal isn't the same proven player today as he was three seasons ago when he earned a Pro Bowl nod and looked like one of the game's best young safeties. The 31-year-old Foles has a longer track record in the league and a previous working relationship with Nagy, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.While Trubisky is still getting a chance to win the job, the Bears seemingly gave up on him when they didn't pick up his fifth-year rookie option.Jonah Williams enters what boils down to his rookie campaign without actually being a rookie. The Cincinnati Bengals selected the left tackle prospect with the 11th overall pick in the 2019 draft, but he suffered a torn shoulder labrum during OTAs and didn't play a down during his first campaign.Now a year removed from the injury, Williams has to prove himself at a premium position while protecting this year's No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Joe Burrow. I'm still not sure and he's gotta prove it, but we're gonna see what he does with those weapons—big-time weapons."Lock looked like a future long-term starter in a small sample size, but the Broncos will find out who the quarterback really is in his second season since he's been handed the keys to the offense with a bunch of new and wonderful weapons.The Broncos signed running back Melvin Gordon III and drafted wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to maximize Lock's chances of success. Their success is heavily reliant on the second-year signal-caller's development.The Detroit Lions' biggest concern area could dissipate if Da'Shawn Hand returns to form after an injury-plagued sophomore season by providing the team's defensive front with consistent pressure on passing downs.The organization revamped its linebackers and secondary but didn't directly address the pass rush beyond third-round rookie Julian Okwara. The 2018 fourth-round pick tallied 25 total QB pressures and 18 defensive stops in 13 games, including eight starts, as well as the highest grade among rookie interior defenders that year, per Pro Football Focus.Detroit tied for the second-fewest sacks last season with 28. Hand might have only contributed three as a rookie, but his ability to disrupt backfields should create opportunities for every other defender on the roster.Everyone outside of the Green Bay Packers organization will harp on the fact that the team didn't address wide receiver until one of two things happen: Either general manager Brian Gutekunst makes a move to shore up the position, or one of the options beyond Davante Adams earns a more prominent role within the offense.Allen Lazard has a chance to do the latter after catching 35 passes for 477 yards last season. More importantly, the 24-year-old wide receiver seemed to build a rapport with quarterback Aaron Rodgers through the final five games of the season (250 receiving yards and two touchdowns)."I think that [chemistry], that connection that we had throughout the season, especially towards the latter half of the season going on to the playoffs, came from, one, just hard work every single day in practice, and I think he saw that," Lazard told reporters. According to Pro Football Focus, the 27-year-old defensive lineman made 10 defensive stops from Week 11 on despite ranking 53rd among interior defenders in snaps during that span.As long as Dunn continues to build on last year's late-season success, he'll anchor the Texans' defensive front and keep second-round rookie Ross Blacklock off the field.The Indianapolis Colts' Kemoko Turay looked like a breakout star last season before he suffered a broken ankle during a Week 5 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.According to Pro Football Focus, the edge-rusher posted a 91.0 pass-rushing grade and a 22.9 percent pressure rate before suffering the season-ending malady."Yeah, I mean Turay is a really good edge pass-rusher. Unfortunately, his rookie campaign ended prematurely when he suffered a torn ACL in a Week 9 contest against the New York Jets.Williams has already been cleared without any restrictions during training camp, according to The Athletic's Josh Tolentino.The second-year receiver's presence in the lineup is more important now than initially anticipated after Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out of the upcoming season. Williams and DeVante Parker are the top two receiving threats for quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa.The Minnesota Vikings chose three cornerbacks in this year's NFL draft, and it's not the team's first-round choice, Jeff Gladney, who has impressed most during the early portions of training camp.Third-round rookie Cameron Dantzler has been the star so far. Instead, a new vision of the "Patriot Way" could emerge with another fantastic quarterback leading the way.The New Orleans Saints really wanted Zack Baun in this year's third round and traded away a 2021 third-round pick to make sure they secured the hybrid defender."Linebacker, certainly, was an area that we knew coming into [the draft] that we wanted to hopefully address," head coach Sean Payton told reporters after the team acquired Baun with the 74th overall pick. He'll likely be more of an off-ball linebacker at the professional level, but the Saints can use him in multiple spots and sub-packages depending on how healthy the team's linebacker corps is this fall.When the New York Giants chose cornerback Corey Ballentine in the sixth round of last year's draft, the front office and coaching staff couldn't have possibly known how important that decision would ultimately become.In the first round, New York selected DeAndre Baker with the 30th overall pick. I feel like I'm coming into that person—a dominant defensive tackle in the NFL."The Philadelphia Eagles had to address wide receiver after last year's disaster at the position.So much is still yet to be done at the position since the team should find a way to move on from veterans Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson at some point between now and next offseason. The same could happen for Johnson with defenses concentrating on Smith-Schuster this fall.As such, it will come as no surprise if the second-year receiver overtakes his teammate as the most productive target in the Steelers offense, especially with Pittsburgh possibly trending away from Smith-Schuster since he's a free agent after the upcoming season.Failure is the best teacher, and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley is using it as such to improve his game.

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