10 up, 10 down

Brandon Marshall, WR, Broncos - Marshall celebrated his breakout second season (102 receptions, 1,325 yards, seven TDs) by violating the league´s conduct policy and drawing a three-game suspension. Denver will be lucky if he´s back on track by the second half of the schedule.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, Chiefs - It´s hard to imagine Gonzalez catching 99 passes for 1,172 yards again. Heck, it was hard to imagine him doing it even when he was doing it last year. He´s 32, after all, and his quarterback isn´t exactly Len Dawson.

Matt Light, OT, Patriots - A good guy to talk to after games if you need a quote, but I´m not sure how good a lineman he still is. Tom Brady got lots of pressure from the backside - Light´s side - in the playoffs last season.

Devin Hester, utility man, Bears - As a rookie, he set an NFL record by returning five kicks for touchdowns. As a second-year man, he broke his own record by returning six kicks for TDs. He can´t possibly keep it up … can he?

Mike Vrabel, LB, Patriots - Vrabel, long a solid player, had a career year last season. Sorry, but only one career year to a customer. He´ll go back now to being the steady/heady ´backer he was before, not a 12 1/2-sack monster.

Asante Samuel, CB, Eagles - So many players have left New England and never been quite the same: Lawyer Milloy, Damien Woody, Deion Branch, David Givens, Daniel Graham. That also figures to be the case for Samuel.

Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts - He didn´t make a field goal longer than 39 yards in ´07, and his miss from chip-shot range cost Indianapolis a game against San Diego. Very un-Vinatieri-like. Kickers often have several lives, but you wonder if we´ve seen the best of this clutch performer.

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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