A star-studded list of NFL players looking for 2020 rebound

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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) chases a play against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. Von Miller is determined to show a so-so 2019 was an oddity, not an omen. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Von Miller is determined to show 2019 was an oddity, not an omen.

Miller’s performance last season was nothing to scoff at considering he had eight sacks and made his eighth Pro Bowl. But his five-year run as an All-Pro first- or second-team selection came to an end and the Denver Broncos’ playoff drought persisted.

“I didn’t play to the ‘Sack Master’s’ standards,” Miller said. “My coaches felt like there was more for me to give. Most of all, I feel like I can give more and I can be more. I don’t feel like I’m finished yet.”

Neither does Tom Brady nor JuJu Smith-Schuster or Baker Mayfield, among the other big names looking for big bounce-backs in 2020.

Miller, the biggest NFL star to contract COVID-19, made the most of his home gym after recovering from the virus, hitting the weights hard and sharing videos and photos of his bulging muscles and extreme workouts on social media.

“I didn’t take any days off, I didn’t go on any vacations and I didn’t do anything but work out,” Miller said.

It shows.

But it isn’t just his buffed body that’s turning heads at team headquarters. Coaches and teammates also see a more serious, cerebral Miller.