Which NFL Players Have the Biggest Shoes to Fill in 2016?

July 18, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A robotic language is often the natural one spoken by many coaches around the NFL. Or at least that's the case for anyone not named Bruce Arians.
And heck, even Arians would probably say three all-too-familiar words when the head coach is asked how his team intends to replace any key player who left this offseason during free agency.
Say them with me now: next man up.
Those words were surely first to become scripture in the sacred bible of NFL cliches. Unfortunately, the rosy idea of sliding in whoever comes next on the depth chart doesn’t come close to meeting the real on-field implications.
When the Next Man Up becomes the current man because of an injury or offseason departure, his job isn’t necessarily to replace the production of a star player. Typically that’s not a task left to one man, so instead the Next Man Up needs to minimize the downgrade. He has to absorb the blow and do his part to keep the offensive or defensive wheels spinning.

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