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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.