Mediocrity is no longer accepted for these players. The clock is starting to tick on their NFL careers as they are left with one more do-or-die season. If these players don’t have a good season, it could be the end of the road for them in the NFL.
3. Blake Bortles QB Jaguars
The first player to appear on this list is someone who at one point had a lot of hype around him. The former 3rd overall pick started off his career with a very below average rookie season throwing for 2,908 yards with 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a 58.9 completion percentage. After a subpar rookie season, Bortles rebounded with a very good sophomore season, throwing for 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.
Bortles seemed to have ended all of his doubters, that was at least until the 2016 season where Bortles threw for 3,905 yards, 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. A significant downgrade from the previous season. After having a great sophomore season, Bortles was rated one of the worst QBs in the league for 2016. There are plenty of good quarterbacks for the Jaguars to chose from in the upcoming years, leaving Bortles with only one more opportunity to do well, and if he doesn’t, it’ll be his last.
2. Todd Gurley HB L.A. Rams
Did anyone expect Todd Gurley to have the dud season he had last year? I don’t think so, which is why it was such a shocker that he played as poorly as he did. In 2015 Todd Gurley was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft and had a terrific season, rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games, earning him pro-bowl and all-pro honors. The future looked incredibly bright for Todd Gurley going into 2016, but everything went downhill from there. In 2016, Gurley stayed healthy and played all 16 games, but only ran for 885 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Gurley’s longest run was for 24 yards. Those are absolutely horrific stats for a running back to have, especially coming off the season he had. While you can put some of the blame on the Rams offensive line, which was very very bad, Gurley still needs to take some blame for his terrible ball carrier vision. A bounce back season is much needed for Gurley to prove he wasn’t a one hit wonder back in 2015.
1. Sam Bradford QB Minnesota Vikings
How many opportunities is Sam Bradford going to get? This former 1st overall pick had a lot of hype coming out of college and being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, but he proved it to be all it was, just hype. In his 5 year tenure with the Rams, he played a total of 49 games. Averaging 9.8 games per season, meaning Bradford couldn’t stay healthy to save his life. Fed up with his mediocrity, the Rams traded him to the Eagles where he found mild success, playing in 14 games and throwing for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, an improvement from previous seasons. The next season Bradford was traded to the Vikings, where he had a historic season, breaking the record for the best completion percentage at 71.6. Bradford would then play 15 games and throw for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Bradford found significant success in his first year as a Viking, which draws the question as to if it were a fluke or not. With Teddy Bridgewater recovering from his injury in the next few months, Bradford needs another big season to solidify himself as the Vikings starting Quarterback for years to come.