Football is back!

imageThe NFL preseason begins this weekend, with the regular season kickoff a month later on September 10th.

Whether they be a rookie or veteran, there are certain players we love to watch and others we’re just curious to see how they’ll turn out.

What players from around the NFL are you most anxious to see perform this year? What players from your favorite team are you most excited to watch?

The top three players from around the NFL I’m interested in:

image3. Johnny Manziel
I am no fan of the man, and since I don’t follow college ball, I know very little about him. What I do know is that he is the Justin Bieber of football. All the hype that surrounded his entrance into the NFL ended up fizzling last year so I am curious to see if he can actually perform, or if the Browns made yet another bad draft choice.
image2. Frank Gore
It was sad to see him depart San Francisco but now he’s in Indianapolis and I wish him the best. I am curious to see how he’ll perform behind a new offensive line and how much gas he still has in his tank. I won’t be rooting for Indianapolis, but I will be rooting for Gore.
image1. Tim Tebow
I’m glad he’s finally getting a chance to play again (after being blacklisted because of his faith). As long as Blaine Gabbert has a job in the NFL, you will never convince me that Tebow isn’t good enough to play pro.

I am a lifelong 49er fan, and of course, I look forward to watching the likes of Tank Carradine, Lawrence Okoye, Colin Kaepernick, and others, but my top three most anticipated players to watch from the 49ers are:

image3. Jarryd Hayne
The Australian rugby player is taking a stab at the NFL for the first time. I am anxious to see how he’ll do playing American football.

image2. Reggie Bush
I welcome Bush to his first year as a 49er. He is a former Heisman trophy winner and ten-year veteran of the NFL. I am excited to see what dynamic plays he will contribute to an offense that struggled last year.

image1. Carlos Hyde
The second year running back will likely receive the bulk of the carries now that Frank Gore is in Indianapolis. I enjoyed watching him in his limited playing time last year and I look forward to big runs from him this year.

Since the devastation of last year’s offseason injuries are eclipsed only by the devastation of this year’s offseason retirements (and Aldon Smith’s most recent arrest), there’s no reasonable expectation of a winning season for the 49ers (especially in the NFC West), but I look forward to the season anyway, with perhaps some pleasant surprises.