Halfway through the NFL season, which players have underperformed?
QB: Brock Osweiler
Lamar Miller and the defense have kept the Texans winning despite the uncoordinated giant playing QB for them. He has 8 TDs, 8 picks and a fumble, has not been spreading the ball to their playmaking receivers and simply cannot make the throws. I think we’re three weeks away from the most depressing thing you could ever hear, a “bring back Brian Hoyer” chant.
RB: Rashad Jennings
Coming into the year the hype was on for Rashad Jennings, people were saying this was going to be the year he finally rushed for 1000 yards because it seems like he has all the talent. Giving him an excuse for the games he missed due to injury, he has still been terrible when he plays. He keeps putting up buffchock stat lines like 13 for 25, 9 for 15, and 13 for 27. Which begs the question, why does he even still start?
WR1: Allen Robinson
Coming off a breakout season last year in which he caught 14 TDs and had 1400 receiving yards he currently has three TDs and 296 yards. He isn’t even on pace for 700 yards.
WR2: Deandre Hopkins
I know it’s not his fault that Brock Osweiler is terrible beyond imagination, but last year he received for about 1,500 yards and this year he has yet to even hit 400 – and the Texans haven’t even had a bye yet.
WR3: Markus Wheaton
He was never supposed to be THAT good, but coming into the year he looked to be the second receiver on one of the most dynamic offenses in football. He lost the job to rookies like Sammie Coates and has only caught a pass in three games. That’s hard to do.
TE: Zach Ertz
The tight end on a team that doesn’t have much else by way of receiving threats just cannot get open. He has gotten only three targets three weeks in a row and simply has not ben putting up the numbers. He is, however, a solid blocker.
O-Line: The Cleveland Browns
Last year, the Browns had the sixth best offensive line according to Pro Football Focus, and they were projected to get better. But like the rest of the Browns not named Crowell or Pryor, they have sucked. They have allowed 21 sacks through seven games, and are eighth in the league in penalties. They are decent run blockers, but a good line cannot allow that many sacks.
For the overperformers, check out our Studs of the NFL.