A lot of teams in the NFL have a solid offensive squad that can score easily and get down the field quick. However, for the less fortunate teams that lack in the offensive department and struggle to put points on the board, there is a solution.
They must reevaluate their current offensive starters and consider replacing the weak links - those who aren't contributing to the team or who are just too injury-prone.
There are plenty of players who are starting for certain NFL teams that definitely need to be replaced as soon as possible. The players that represent the team on the field every game may not be getting the job done. After all, each NFL player earns millions of dollars, so they must earn that starting spot and display their value on the field each game.
It is the job of the coaches and general managers to analyze previous season statistics in order to predict if the starting player will project favorable results. If a player fails to live up to the projections, then appropriate action needs to be taken in order to replace him with someone who will actually contribute to the team.
Here are five NFL teams that need a new quarterback, five that need a new wide receiver, and five that need a new running back.
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22 QB: New York Jets - Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick was an unsigned free agent for a while, before the New York Jets agreed upon that he might be in their best interest for the 2016 season. He signed a $12 million one-year contract with the Jets. Fitzpatrick definitely got the better deal, the Jets are in last place in the AFC East Conference with a record of 3-9 currently.
The New York Jets have been struggling all season to obtain victories. Mainly, because there is no consistent quarterback that has a connection with the other offensive players. They tried putting in Geno Smith, the once hopeful draft pick. However, he was no better than Fitzpatrick and disappointed Jets fans everywhere as well.
Additionally, they have been experimenting with Bryce Petty, their third-string quarterback. Some Jets fans feel like he should be starting quarterback for the remaining of the season, with the way Fitzpatrick and Smith have been playing. After the 2016 season, the Jets should really go after a quarterback that will fit well on their team.
21 WR: Detroit Lions - Anquan Boldin
The Detroit Lions have come a long way of being the team with the poorest record. They lost their extremely talented wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, after last season and have been trying to fill that void. Boldin, who is now 37-years old is on his 14th season in the NFL. He isn’t putting up the same numbers he once used to, when he was a force to be reckoned with on the Arizona Cardinals.
Johnson after last season retired at 31-years-old, which says a lot about Boldin’s commitment to the NFL. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is still playing well or should be starting. He is becoming a liability for the Lions. All last season he struggled with a hamstring injury and this season, he injured his ankle. I don’t think it’s worth it to keep Boldin on their roster, they should get some new talent instead and he should retire.
20 RB: New York Giants - Rashad Jennings
Jennings was previously on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. It’s his third year on the New York Giants and he has never gotten over 1,000 yards during a season. He is a decent running back but if the Giants want to win more games, they need to improve their running game.
The Giants rely too much on Eli Manning’s passing to do the bulk of the work getting down the field and scoring. Drafting a new running back or trading for a more skilled one would drastically increase their offensive power and would help a lot if their passing game gets shut down. Jennings has had some good runs, no doubt about it. However, I think the New York Giants can do better by seeking a running back that can be more consistent than Jennings and can make game changing plays.
19 QB: Cleveland Browns - Robert Griffin III
After ditching Johnny Manziel, their previous quarterback for being too much of a party animal and having substance abuse problems, the Browns managed to pick up another quarterback that didn’t fulfill a lot of hype that was behind his name, Robert Griffin III or more commonly known as RG3.
RG3 was a good temporary pick-up, since they didn’t really have any other options once they released Manziel. RG3 simply gets injured too easily; he didn’t even make it past the first week in the 2016 season. He got a shoulder injury in the Brown’s first game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Browns placed RG3 on the injured reserve list and stated that he may be out the entire season. During the offseason, I would advise the Browns to draft a new quarterback or use their draft pick for an experienced and healthy quarterback on another team.
18 WR: San Francisco 49ers - Quinton Patton
The 49ers used to appear in the playoffs frequently, now they’re are in last place in the NFC West. Their offense clearly doesn’t have the solid team chemistry it used to have. However, Patton is definitely the worst wide receiver they have starting currently. He isn’t a rookie, so you can’t use the excuse that he may get better over time or that he is adjusting to the NFL still. Patton is on his fourth season for the 49ers and is mediocre at best.
Over the course of his four seasons, he has only made one touchdown and hasn’t gained more than 400 receiving yards during a season. He has had time to improve, which is why I believe the 49ers should try to trade him elsewhere or drop him from their roster.
17 RB: Philadelphia Eagles - Ryan Mathews
Mathews was picked up by the San Diego Chargers in the first-round of the NFL draft in 2010. He did pretty well on the Chargers and had a couple good season where he went over 1,000 rushing yards. Although, Mathews hasn’t been playing well since 2014 and has been acquiring dismal stats since then.
This 2016 season, he was off to a rocky start and is now injured with a MCL injury. The Eagles are uncertain as to when he will return to the starting line-up, if at all this season. The MCL is crucial for anybody and prevents your knee from going inward. However, when you’re getting paid millions to run the ball, you better believe Mathews starting job will be on the line when he comes back. I think they need to cut their losses and start fresh by getting a healthy running back in the offseason.
16 QB: Houston Texans - Brock Osweiler
Osweiler was the backup quarterback for Peyton Manning on the Denver Broncos and helped the Broncos out when Manning got injured for a brief period of time. That is what attracted the Houston Texans to get Osweiler. The Texans are first in the AFC South for now, but the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans can easily claim the spot having close records.
I don’t think the Houston Texans should keep Osweiler as the starting quarterback for next season. He is more of a backup quarterback, it’s only his fifth year in the NFL and this 2016 season is the best he’s had, since he is now starting every game.
However, it’s Andy Dalton’s sixth season in NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback. He has been consistently putting up 3,000 plus passing yards each season, while Osweiler just surpassed 2,300 for the first time this season.
15 WR: Baltimore Ravens - Steve Smith Sr.
Steve Smith has been one of the most popular wide receivers in the NFL. When you think of wide receivers that dominated the field throughout their career, his name would certainly come up. He is on his 16th season in the NFL and hasn’t been playing that well since 2015. He is past his prime and is 37-years old, sometimes you just need to know when to hang your cleats up.
He was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, after being an essential player on the Carolina Panthers. Smith played his best season on the Panthers and is coming to the end of his career. The Ravens should replace him since he is only going to become more injury prone with his age.
14 RB: Indianapolis Colts - Frank Gore
Gore has been a valuable running back for the majority of his career. Although, it seems like his time in the NFL may be coming to an end within the next season or so. He made a name for himself as one of the elite running backs in the league playing on the San Francisco 49ers.
The past two years seasons he has been playing on the Indianapolis Colts. However, Gore hasn’t been playing as well as he used to. He is on his 12th season and hasn’t gotten over 1,000 rushing yards since his arrival in Indianapolis. The Colts must come to realize, that Gore’s explosive running days are over and they must search for a younger running back. Andrew Luck is a solid quarterback, he just needs a more agile running back to feed the ball to.
13 QB: Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles
Although, Bortles is only on his third season in the NFL, he isn’t playing all that well to be a starting quarterback. He has been on the Jacksonville Jaguars for all three of seasons, so there was definitely time to establish a connection with teammates. He is throwing way too many interceptions and not enough touchdown passes. He had one good season, which was his 2015 season. He got around 4,500 passing yards, which is impressive but then he also got 18 interceptions.
This 2016 season he hasn’t even broke 3,000 passing yards yet. He is clearly too inconsistent and doesn’t mesh well on the Jaguars. They’re in last place in the AFC South, with an horrendous record of 2-9. Bortles might be a better quarterback on another team, so I would recommend the Jaguars to put him up on the trading block after the 2016 season.
12 WR: Houston Texans - Braxton Miller
Braxton Milller had a pretty successful college football career playing for Ohio State University. It’s his first year in the NFL, but he hasn’t been living up to his expectations. Compared to the other rookie wide receiver the Houston Texans draft, Will Fuller, who is currently having a way better season than Miller.
Miller has disappointingly only has a little over 300 yards this season and three touchdowns. He isn’t a stand-out receiver and also got a shoulder injury during their game against the Green Bay Packers this 2016 season. He is listed as questionable to come back to the starting lineup and certainly has had a lackluster career start in the NFL.
11 RB: Baltimore Ravens - Terrance West
The Baltimore Ravens have been struggling to find a high caliber running back like their former starting one, Ray Rice. They have West, he is a poor substitute and has been on the Ravens for two seasons. He isn’t exactly a playmaker and is a subpar running back. He has never gotten over a 1,000 yards during a season throughout his three seasons he has been playing in the NFL.
West’s best season was his rookie season when he was on the Cleveland Browns, which says a lot. The Ravens have been alternating West with their second-string running back, Kenneth Dixon, since they can’t rely solely on West to get the job done. The Ravens need to keep their eyes peeled for a running back that they can regularly start and trust to obtain substantial yards.
10 QB: San Francisco 49ers - Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick has been in a funk this 2016 season and hasn’t played this bad since 2011, his rookie season. He is now on his sixth season in the NFL and has been on the decline since last season. The past two seasons, he hasn’t got over 2,000 passing yards. That is sad, in his glory days he was getting over 3,000.
Although, he hasn’t thrown a lot of interceptions, he still isn’t getting that many passing touchdowns. The San Francisco 49ers should definitely consider trading Kaepernick. They even restructured his contract so he can be a free agent if he wants after this season, according to ESPN in Oct. 2016. This allows Kaepernick the possibility of leaving the 49ers on his own free will, if he chooses. I think he should take this opportunity, he should try to start anew on another team and see if he still has what it takes to be a starting quarterback.
7 WR: Cleveland Browns - Corey Coleman
Coleman did extremely well during his college career playing football at Baylor University in Texas. However, being a rookie in the NFL, you have to prove yourself and show that you belong as a starting wide receiver. Coleman hasn’t done that, so far. He has accumulated a little over 300 yards this 2016 season, which is really unimpressive.
His presence on the Browns hasn’t been a positive one, being that they haven’t won a game yet this 2016 season. According to NBC Sports, Coleman was fined $9,115 for grabbing the facemask of Eli Apple, the New York Giants cornerback.
I think the Browns expected him to be similar to their previous wide receiver, Josh Gordon, but failed with this draft pick. The Browns need to get rid of him and others, so they can start to rebuild their team and win some games.
5 RB: Kansas City Chiefs - Jamaal Charles
Jaamal Charles is simply too injury-prone to be a starting running back for the Chiefs. Throughout the season, Charles knee was bothering him. The Chiefs decided then to share the running back spot with their second-string, Spencer Ware. Until, Charles was place on the injured reserved list the beginning of November.
Charles is on his 9th season in the NFL and can’t seem to make it through a whole season without getting injured. He hasn’t had a good season since 2014 and is getting up there with age. The Chiefs need a new running back to help them out, Ware can’t do all the work. They need a beneficial running back that won’t get injured easily to help lead the team down the field.
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