5 Who Need To Produce

September 07, 2001|By Brent Jones

Elvis Grbac

With the loss of running back Jamal Lewis, Grbac finds himself in a situation similar to last year with the Kansas City Chiefs -- having to carry the offensive load.

Sam Adams

Adams was dominant against the run and impossible to block one-on-one last year. He was voted to the Pro Bowl as a starter after making a career-high 69 tackles. Other than Ray Lewis, Adams is the most important player on the defense.

Tailback

Terry Allen, Jason Brookins or Moe Williams will have to perform well enough to augment the passing game. Allen is the veteran and the one that will start the season. Brookins may be the one to pick up the tough yards late in the game.

Peter Boulware

Boulware was able to get in his first full training camp in three years. The shoulder injuries that have hindered him are a thing of the past. Boulware is healthy and has the potential to be one of the AFC's sack leaders.

Travis Taylor

Taylor was placed on injured reserve nine games into the season last year, and missed the team's Super Bowl run. Of all the receivers, he has the biggest upside. Taylor is a polished route runner, has good speed and is physical.

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