In 2018, the NFL finally got a group of men that have established themselves as a generational talent. They are officially players who will be looked at as the faces of the NFL. Despite none of the rookie quarterbacks making this list, we should not ignore the fact that in the future, they will also become the new stars of the NFL.
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
One season, 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards. A 12 win season. 1 playoff win. A M.V.P award. This man is a beast and he's been able to win. If that's not enough look at all the ways he's won. Sometimes it was playing around with the Chargers, Steelers, and Jaguars' defense. Other times he was winning gutsy games such as against Denver under the lights and against Baltimore's top ranked defense in week 14. Most importantly, he has established himself as a leader of what is a Kansas City Chiefs team with lots of young guns. The best has yet to come for Mahomes.
Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
There's only one thing that describes Gurley's game and that is classiness. This season, Gurley had 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. His receiving stats of 580 yards and 4 touchdowns, were also impressive for a running back. More importantly, he was a big part of the Rams' Super Bowl run. As for his overall career, he has averaged 1,137 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. From scrimmage, he's averaged 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns. Don't forget the dominance that he has had in these last two seasons where he has had two career years. Also, ignore the injury bug he had in the playoffs, because once the new season starts he'll have a fresh start which means gaining back the superiority he had for most of this season.
Wide Receiver: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
This man screams out consistency. Yet he takes his consistency to a level of dominance. Over the last two years, he has put up monster numbers, averaging 115 receptions, 1,325 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. In some games, he has put up outrageous numbers. In week 9 of this year's matchup against the 8-0 Rams, Thomas put up 12 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown, helping the Saints win 45-35. In the divisional round, he put on a show for the Superdome crowd with 12 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over the Eagles. It's safe to say that after three seasons, Thomas is already very close to becoming a generational talent.
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce is simply a dominant player. He's been having 1,000 plus years seasons in the last three years as well as 22 combined touchdowns. This season with Mahomes running the show, Kelce recorded 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns off 103 receptions. All are career highs for a the tight end. The best thing, is that Kelce is 29 years old and hasn't had the injury problems that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has had. So that means more seasons, more wide receiver like numbers for the fun loving tight end.
Offensive Lineman: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
If there's any words to describe this guy, it would be mammoth. Throughout his rookie campaign, he made his impact in every game. He has the stats to show that, as he racked up around 20 pancakes which includes the Colts 2 playoff games. One of his pancakes went viral as he screamed out while charging at Jaguars safety Barry Church just before the scene of the crime. More importantly, he's now someone who can protect pro bowl Q.B. Andrew Luck. He also helped the Colts rebound from a 1-5 start, to an appearance in the divisional round.
These are your players on offense who have established, or are on the verge of establishing, themselves as generational talents. After Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, and Tony Gonzalez retired in the mid 2010s, the NFL hasn't had many offensive players that could be considered generational talents, let alone come close to that feat. But after this season, NFL fans can now watch a new group of future stars that extends even beyond all of the players that I mentioned. Get excited football fans, the future stars are only beginning to mark their names.
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