Poll Friday: Who bounces back in 2012?

June, 8, 2012
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We have another interesting "Poll Friday" in the AFC East blog. This week we take a look at players who struggled in 2011 and are looking for bounce-back seasons.

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Which AFC East player is most likely to bounce back in 2012?

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    18%
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    10%
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    30%
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    42%

Discuss (Total votes: 4,791)

Which player has the best chance to flourish in 2012: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Wayne Hunter, Shawne Merriman or Devin McCourty? All four players have expectations to improve.

Will it be Fitzpatrick? The Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback lost eight of his last nine starts in 2011. Fitzpatrick played with hurt ribs, but injuries are no longer an excuse. The Bills have playoff hopes and Fitzpatrick has to produce for a full season.

What about Hunter, the starting right tackle of the New York Jets? Hunter struggled mightily in pass protection and contributed to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez being sacked a career-high 39 times. The Jets are giving Hunter another chance to protect Sanchez’s front side.

Merriman is an interesting case. He was a former Pro Bowler who looked dominant early in his career. But injuries, including a bad Achilles, have made Merriman a shell of his former self. Can “Lights Out” get back to his old form?

Finally, we have McCourty of the New England Patriots. The cornerback had a major sophomore slump and is looking to regain his great rookie form.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which player is most likely to have a bounce-back season. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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