One thing you can guarantee in professional sports is that there is always the guy that everyone loves and someone that isn't so well liked. This is due to their play on the field. If they play well then every fan will love them, on the other side of that, if you do not play well then fans will hate you and want you cut or traded. That is the business in the NFL, if you perform then you will be the icon of the city, if you don't, well then people will hate you. This leads me into discussing the worst player and best player on every NFL team, going in alphabetical order.
32 Arizona Cardinals
Worst Player: QB Carson Palmer
Carson Palmer isn’t the worst talent on this team, but he is 37 years old and saw his numbers drop off dramatically in 2016. His quarterback rating (QBR) fell from 104.6 to 87.2. Many stats go into QBR, but when you see that big of a drop off you know something is wrong. The Cardinals need to figure out who their next QB is, because Palmer’s time is just about up.
Best Player: RB David Johnson
The best running back in all of football is this guy right here, David Johnson. This guy can do it all and is a nightmare for defenses and defensive coordinators. Johnson ran for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns as well as adding 80 receptions for 880 yards and 4 touchdowns. It is scary to think what DJ could do with a good offensive line, but as long as he is on the Cardinals he will be their best player without a doubt.
31 Atlanta Falcons
Worst Player: DT Jonathan Babineaux
When it comes to Babineaux, he has been a good player when he was younger, but he is now 35 years of age. Playing defensive tackle in the NFL and being in your mid to late 30s usually doesn’t last very long. He didn’t record a sack in 2016 and now his team is playing in the Super Bowl. This might be the last game we see him play. The Falcons need to go address the DT position this off-season.
Best Player: WR Julio Jones
As for Julio Jones, I believe he is the best WR in all of football. He can do absolutely anything and never ceases to amaze anyone with the catches or stat lines he posts. Everyone remembers his game this season where he exploded for 15 catches, 300 yards and a touchdown. Although he played through injury most of 2016, he still managed to put up 83 catches for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns.
30 Baltimore Ravens
Worst Player: CB Shareece Wright
Shareece Wright is one of the worst corner backs in the game, who actually plays. Playing alongside fellow corner back, Jimmy Smith, Wright just shows that he is nowhere near the same level as Smith. Smith dealt with injuries in 2016, which paved way for Wright to be the number one corner back for the Ravens, and that is when he really got exposed. They need to replace him as soon as possible.
Best Player: RG Marshal Yanda
Marshal Yanda is arguably the best guard in all of football. Yanda was consecutively ranked the #1 guard by Pro Football Focus in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was once again voted to the Pro Bowl in 2016, for the sixth straight season. The Ravens are known to be a successful ground and pound football team, and Marshall Yanda is a big reason behind that. He has been the one piece on this offensive line that has been solidified.
29 Buffalo Bills
Worst Player: QB EJ Manuel
Since coming into the league in 2013, EJ Manuel has been as bad as they come. In 2013, the Bills took Manuel as their future quarterback and he has been the complete opposite. In 28 games since entering the NFL, he has 3,502 yards passing. To put how bad that is into perspective, Tom Brady had 3,554 yards passing in 2016, in 12 games. The Bills are ready to let their QB Tyrod Taylor go, but they need to find another option because EJ Manuel is not their answer.
Best Player: RB LeSean McCoy
Eagles fan, Bills fan, or fantasy football fan, all of us love LeSean McCoy. “Shady” has been among the top running backs in the league ever since he came into the league. Arguably the most fun running back to watch in the game, McCoy can do it all. With 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns, it is safe to say he’s among the best.
28 Carolina Panthers
Worst Player: LT Mike Remmers
I am not blaming Mike Remmers completely on this one. After losing Michael Oher they were in scrambles for another tackle. The position of left tackle has been a major issue for this team in 2016. The main reason for Cam Newton getting hit so much this season was a product of that. Having a weak tackle on Cam Newton’s blind side is not what you want. They need to fill this hole in this year’s draft.
Best Player: LB Luke Kuechly
Luke Kuechly, this man is a stud. Arguably the best middle linebacker in all of football, Kuechly dealt with a concussion for most of 2016 which led him to miss a chunk of the season. He was a major reason this Carolina made it to the Super Bowl in 2015 and will be the vocal point of this defensive unit for the foreseeable future. The Panthers will be look to turn things around in 2016, led by Mr. Kuechly.
27 Chicago Bears
Worst Player: QB Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler, is well, terrible. The fact that the Bears organization paid this man $126 million with $54 million of that being guaranteed is sickening. Jay Cutler has had the keys to castle in Chicago and has done absolutely nothing with them. Even when he had Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to throw to he couldn’t get it done. His time is likely over in Chicago so Bears fans can at least be happy about that. There will be a new face under center next year in Chi-Town.
Best Player: RB Jordan Howard
As for the rookie, Jordan Howard, he is a promising young running back. After running for over 1,300 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first year in the NFL he brings hope to the city of Chicago. They have a running back that looks poised for a promising career. Now they need to find a quarterback to compliment Howard and turn this Bears team into contenders once again.
26 Cincinnati Bengals
Worst Player: C Russell Bodine
This Bengals team’s weakest aspect in the past two seasons has been their running game. It is not a question of talent as Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard are both very good running backs, it is their offensive line creating the holes for them. Their weakest offensive lineman would be their center, Russell Bodine. If this Bengal team can go get a good center in this draft, and establish a running game early on next season, they will be a scary team.
Best Player: WR AJ Green
So there is this guy, AJ Green, and he is pretty good at football. It took a tear in his hamstring to not reach 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. In only 10 games in 2016 he hauled in 66 catches for 964 yards and 4 touchdowns. Easily a top three wide receiver in the game, he makes Andy Dalton’s job much easier and will continue to do so for years to come.
25 Cleveland Browns
Worst Player: QB Robert Griffin III
Starting with the bad, Robert Griffin III has been a one year wonder since entering the NFL. His rookie year was his best season before he tore his ACL and has never been right since. The Browns decided to sign him this past off season and he didn’t even make it out of the first game of the season without getting hurt. He has made their quarterback situation a whole lot worse and wasted a lot of money by doing so.
Best Player: OT Joe Thomas
As for the good, Joe Thomas is one of the best offensive linemen in all of football. He has been voted to 10 Pro Bowls in his career, all while playing for the Cleveland Browns. If you are a 10- time pro bowler with an organization like the Browns that speaks for itself. He is the most reliable player on Cleveland’s roster every year and that will be the case until he retires.
24 Dallas Cowboys
Worst Player: DE Jack Crawford
The Cowboys offense is set for years to come, but their defense needs work if they want to bring home a Lombardi trophy. This was the one reason they got bounced their first game in the playoffs this year after entering the playoffs as the number one seed. They could not put pressure on Aaron Rodgers. They need to get someone who can get to the quarterback and Jack Crawford is not getting the job done. They need to go get a DE in the draft.
Best Player: RB Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott is a beast. Many people thought he was going to break the single season rookie rushing record, but he came up short. The rookie phenom gashed the league this year for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was a highlight reel in his years at Ohio State and it was no different in his first year in the NFL. This Cowboy team is going to be very good for years to come.
23 Denver Broncos
Worst Player: QB Situation
The Denver Broncos had everything figured out after bringing Peyton Manning in to be their QB. Now that he is gone, they look lost. Their defense is still top three in the league, but they simply can’t put up points because of their quarterback play. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both showed in 2016 that they weren’t ready to lead this Denver team. They need to go find a quarterback this off-season.
Best Player: LB Von Miller
Like I said, the Broncos defense is among the best in all of football. The reason they are so good is due to their center piece, Von Miller. A nightmare for opposing quarterbacks, he racked up 13.5 sacks in 2016. He is one of the best players in the game, and it doesn’t look like he is slowing down anytime soon. As long as Miller is on the field for this Broncos defense, they will be one of the leagues best.
22 Detroit Lions
Worst Player: DE Devin Taylor
The Lions main concerns are on the defensive side of the ball and one of their biggest needs is a defensive end who can get to the quarterback. Devin Taylor is their defensive end right now and isn’t cutting it. Expect for Detroit to go get one in this year’s draft.
Best Player: QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford has been the Lions savior the past couple seasons, and the same was true this season. Stafford was in the talks for league MVP simply because they would not have made the playoffs without him. This man ended the year with a 93.3 QBR while throwing for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is their leader and can lead them to the playoffs for years to come as long as they can finally bust through and beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. If they do this, they will have a home game in the playoffs, which will make it much easier for Stafford to pull out a win.
21 Green Bay Packers
Worst Player: CB LaDarius Gunter
LaDarius Gunter is not good to begin with, but he was forced to play as the number one corner in the playoffs due to many injuries. He got exposed to say the least. Just ask Dez Bryant or Julio Jones who gashed him for 18 catches, 312 yards, and 4 touchdowns. That was in a two week period, think about that. The Packers are in dire need of a corner back and everybody knows it.
Best Player: QB Aaron Rodgers
Their quarterback, you may have heard of him before. Aaron Rodgers, yeah he is pretty good. The best QB in the league behind Tom Brady and no one else is close to him. He is a top candidate to take home to MVP trophy this season and his numbers would back that up. He threw for 4,428 yards while tossing 40 touchdowns, a league’s best. With already one Super Bowl ring in his pocket, he is destined to win one if not a couple more before his time is up.
20 Houston Texans
Worst Player: QB Brock Osweiler
Brock Osweiler, who just signed a 4 year $72 million contract this past off-season isn’t worth a penny of that. He had major hype after sitting behind Peyton Manning for years, and showing he could win last year in Denver, but everyone who hyped him up was wrong. He is bad, real bad. He misses wide open throws regularly. The Texans need to go find a quarterback because they misjudged this one.
Best Player: DE JJ Watt
JJ Watt is one of the best players in all of football, but was forced to miss 2016 due to injury. Watt has been Defensive Player of the Year three of his first six seasons in the NFL and if injury didn’t set him back in ’16 he may have had four awards already. This man can do just about anything, and opposing QB’s always need to know where he is or they will pay for it.
19 Indianapolis Colts
Worst Player: Defensive Unit
This Colts team is always a question mark. People want to believe in them because of all their talent on the offensive side of the ball, but offense can only take you so far. This defensive unit is very, very bad. They are getting older and older on this side of the ball so they need to focus the 2017 draft on defense. A wise man did say once, defense wins championships.
Best Player: QB Andrew Luck
As for Andrew Luck, he is one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the game. He is the face of this organization as will be for a long time. He had a down 2016 as he was banged up all year, he will get healthy over the offseason. This team has it figured out with its offense, now go get Mr. Luck a defense, Indianapolis.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars
Worst Player: QB Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles is the king of turning the ball over, which isn’t what you want to be the king of as a quarterback in the NFL. In his 46 games played he has a whopping 51 interceptions and 29 fumbles (12 lost). The fact that he has more pick-sixes in his career than wins is just embarrassing. They Jaguars need to fix him quickly, if it’s possible, or move on and find another franchise quarterback.
Best Player: WR Allen Robinson
As for the All Pro wide receiver, Allen Robinson, he just needs to continue what he is doing. He is one of the top wide receivers in the game. As for 2016, his stats were down simply because Blake Bortles could not get him the ball. He had 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 simply because Bortles got him the ball. This guy is in for a bright future.
17 Kansas City Chiefs
Worst Player: CB Phillip Gaines
The Chiefs have one of the best corner backs on their team in Marcus Peters, but on the other side is Phillip Gaines. The Chiefs were one of the worst teams in all of football against receivers in 2016 and that is not Peters fault. The Chiefs defense is too good to have this stat under their name. Phillip Gaines needs to have a big off-season and come back year better, much better.
Best Player: SS Eric Berry
Eric Berry has one of the greatest stories ever. To be diagnosed with cancer and have to go through chemotherapy for months and months, and come back to play in the NFL is incredible. Berry registered 77 tackles, 4 interceptions a fumble recovery, and 2 touchdowns in 2016. He is a top three strong safety, and deserves a pay day once his contract is up.
16 Los Angeles Rams
Worst Player: OT Greg Robinson
The worst player on this team is the entire offensive line, but I put most of the blame on OT Greg Robinson. The LA Rams have one of the most talented running backs in the game in Todd Gurley and Greg Robinson and co. paved way for him to rush for 889 yards after running for over 1,000 yards in 49 less attempts as a rookie. Greg Robinson can’t run block, and was a major reason Jared Goff was on the ground so much this year.
Best Player: DT Aaron Donald
As for Aaron Donald, he is a beast. The All-Pro defensive tackle is among the leagues most feared defensive players and should be for the length of his career. He has 28 sacks in three seasons and will be the player every offensive coordinator is weary of when they play the Rams. This man is just getting started in this league.
15 Miami Dolphins
Worst Player: CB Byron Maxwell
Byron Maxwell seemed like a stud in Seattle a few years back because he was covering the number three option for those teams as he was the third cornerback. Simply because he played in Seattle he signed a major in Philadelphia to be their number one corner and got exposed. They traded him to Miami and he once again showed he is not as good as people once thought.
Best Player: DE Cameron Wake
Cameron Wake has been a name offensive coordinators have had to game plan around for many years. He is among the best at the defensive end position and has the stats to back it up. In 2016 he had 11.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. As long as Wake can stay healthy he will racking up sacks for years to come.
14 Minnesota Vikings
Worst Player: QB Sam Bradford
Bradford is technically coming off his best year as a pro according to statistics, but I am not buying it. This team had the collapse of the year, missing the playoffs after a 5-0 start is tough to do. But the Bradford led Vikings accomplished it. Bradford is not going to go win you a game with his arm. If he needs to throw the ball 40 plus times, they will lose. They need a run game for him to be a game manager back there, and with Adrian Peterson’s time likely done, he doesn’t have that.
Best Player: CB Xavier Rhodes
The Pro Bowl corner back had himself a huge year for this Minnesota defense. The reason for this team starting 5-0 was because of their defense and Rhodes played a pivotal part in that. He came up with 5 interceptions in 2016 which was tied for 5th in all of football.
13 New England Patriots
Worst Player: CB Eric Rowe
Eric Rowe came over from Philadelphia not expecting to do much, and has done just that. Finding a weakness on a team coached by Bill Belichick is very hard, and we have to turn to their number three corner back. He isn’t terrible; he’s just the worst player on this Patriots team.
Best Player: QB Tom Brady
Tom Brady, the best quarterback to ever play the game. He has been to six Super Bowls so far in his career, winning four of them and will be playing in his 7th this year. Brady was suspended for four games to start the season and still ended the season with 3,556 yards and throwing 28 touchdowns. He is 39 years old and seems to be playing the best football of his career.
12 New Orleans Saints
Worst Player: Their Secondary
In a division full of teams with high powered offenses the Saints secondary is their weakest part of this team. Their defensive has not been good in years, and the story was no different in 2016. This teams needs to add another corner back and safety because the guys they have now are not doing the job. If this team can get a little help from their defense, they will find themselves in the playoffs once again.
Best Player: Drew Brees
Mr. Drew Brees is as good as they come. After tossing 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns, he has found himself in the Pro Bowl once again. This Saints team would be lost without Brees. He is the face of New Orleans and is doing everything he can to bring another Super Bowl to New Orleans, but he needs a defense for that to happen.
11 New York Giants
Worst Player: TE Larry Donnell
Larry Donnell was thought to be the Giants answer at tight end as he had a couple good games last year, but this year showed he is not their answer. The man can’t catch, and when he does catch it he can’t make anybody miss. Although their backup tight end, Will Tye, is a bit undersized he is a better all-around tight end, and he can catch!
Best Player: WR Odell Beckham Jr.
As for Odell Beckham, well it’s Odell Beckham. He is arguably the best player in all of football. He has been in the NFL for three seasons and has gone over 1,300 receiving yards in all three seasons with also having at least 10 receiving touchdowns. His one handed catches make you think he almost isn’t human. If Odell can control his emotions, he will have a chance to go down as one of the best receivers of all time.
10 New York Jets
Worst Player: Every Tight End
The NY Jets simply don’t have a tight end. They may have two or three players on their roster as tight ends, but they just play without them. Between their three tight ends listed on their depth chart they had 18 catches COMBINED in 2016. That is absolutely pathetic. They wonder why they had five wins; well this has a thing to do with it.
Best Player: DE Leonard Williams
Leonard Williams on the other hand is a very promising young talent for the Jets. The Pro Bowl defensive end was one of the Jets bright spots in 2016 as he piled up a team high 7 sacks. As only a second year player, Williams has a bright future ahead of him. If the Jets can get a couple more pieces this defensive unit will be as good as they were a few years back.
9 Oakland Raiders
Worst Player: Corner backs
The Raiders are a very fun team to watch, and their offense is set. Their defense is their weak point, mainly their corner backs. Even with the offense being able to put up as many points as they can, they need corners in order to keep the opposing wide receivers in check so the offense doesn’t have to put up 35 points a game to win. They need to address this need this upcoming draft or in free agency because their corner back unit is shaky, at best.
Best Player: DE Khalil Mack
One of the rising stars in the game, Khalil Mack. This guy can do it all from a defensive ends perspective. In the last two seasons he has had 26 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. He is the best defensive player in the NFL right now.
8 Philadelphia Eagles
Worst Player: WR Nelson Agholor
When you can’t catch the football as a wide receiver in the NFL not too many people are going to be happy. This is the case for Nelson Agholor and the Philadelphia Eagles. Fans are not pleased with their receiver’s progress and neither are the coaches. Agholor got benched this season in order to clear his mind and get him back on track. Once he invests in some better gloves, maybe he will get off this list.
Best Player: DE Brandon Graham
No the Eagles best player isn’t Carson Wentz. Yes, he is very good and will be for a long time, but right now it is DE Brandon Graham. The second team All Pro is believed to be the second best edge defender in all of football. He had 5.5 sacks in 2016 and is a key part in Philadelphia’s defense. At age 28, Graham is in his prime, so the Eagles must take full advantage of it.
7 Pittsburgh Steelers
Worst Player: WR Sammie Coates
Sammie Coates had his shot this season with Martavis Bryant being suspended, and did nothing with that opportunity. He got passed by Eli Rogers and that’s who Big Ben turns to when Antonio Brown is not open, which isn’t often. With Bryant coming back next year, Coates may have seen his time just about disappear. He better do something this off-season to try and see the field again in 2017.
Best Player: Le'Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell is one of the most fun players to watch in the entire game. His patience is something you don’t see in any other RB in the game and then he goes 0 to 100 in a second. In 12 games in 2016 he ran for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns while adding 75 catches for 616 yards and another 2 touchdowns.
6 San Diego Chargers
Worst Player: QB Philip Rivers
Yes, I said it. Philip Rivers, right now, is the worst player for the Chargers. Philip Rivers has been a name everyone has known for a long time in the NFL. He has been the face of the franchise for years, but with the Chargers moving to LA it is time for them to part ways with the veteran. Rivers led the league in turnovers this season, and they are not going to be Super Bowl contenders in the next two seasons, so why keep him? They need a fresh start in LA.
Best Player: DE Joey Bosa
The rookie defensive end from Ohio State did not disappoint in his first season with the Chargers. He only played in 12 games as a rookie due to injury and still tallied 10.5 sacks. This kid is going to be among the best defensive ends for years to come. Joey Bosa is the new face of the LA Chargers.
5 San Fransisco 49ers
Worst Player: WR Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith, since coming over from the Ravens, has been terrible. In two full seasons with the 49ers he has an abysmal 53 catches for 930 yards. Smith signed with San Francisco for $40 million over five years that is a lot of money for someone who had only 20 catches in 2016. He was paid to be a play maker for the 49ers and we can safely say he has not done that at all.
Best Player: LB NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman on the other hand, is the best thing the 49ers have. He has been a 3 time Pro Bowler and a 4 time First-team All-Pro in his six seasons in the NFL. He landed on the injured reserve in 2016, but when healthy, this is San Francisco’s best player on their roster.
4 Seattle Seahawks
Worst Player: Offensive Line
The Seahawks are one of those teams that will always be around come January, and that is because of their defense and Russell Wilson. But what makes them so good, is when they have the ability to run the ball. This season they struggled to be consistent which is due to their offensive line. When their offensive line finally started to gel you saw Thomas Rawls have big games. They need to get better.
Best Player: FS Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas is the best safety in football. The Seahawks have so many good players on their defense that you could make an argument for about five of them being the best on their team, but I believe it is Earl Thomas. The guy is just about as good as they come.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Worst Player: CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Vernon Hargreaves was a highly anticipated player coming into Tampa Bay for 2016, after the Bucs drafted him with the 11th overall pick in last year’s draft. He started all 16 games and only came away with one interception. Other teams attacked him early and often and he had no answers in order to stop them. He needs to figure it out quickly.
Best Player: WR Mike Evans
Evans on the other hand, has developed into a top tier wide receiver in the NFL. He has only been in the NFL for three seasons and has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving and has had over 11 touchdowns in 2 of the those three seasons. In 2016 he came down with 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to land him in this year’s Pro Bowl.
2 Tennessee Titans
Worst Player: WR Kendall Wright
After being the Titans first round draft pick in 2012, Wright has been a major disappointment. Tennessee drafted him to be their future and their number one guy going forward, and five years later he is nowhere to be found. Injuries have played part in his disappointment, but even when he sees the field, he is not what the Titans expected him to be.
Best Player: QB Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota is the face of Tennessee after being drafted second overall in 2015. He has been nothing short of what the Titans expected him to be. He is still young and has some improvements to make, but the progress he has made in just two seasons is incredible. He broke him femur at the end of this season, but I think he will rebound from this and be the same player he was prior.
1 Washington Redskins
Worst Player: RB Matt Jones
Matt Jones looked promising in 2015 as he as he dug into Alfred Morris’s work load. He was poised to be the Redskins lead back in 2016. Jones struggled early on in the season which led for the emergence of a different running back, Robert Kelley. Kelley is now Washington’s running back for the time being, as Jones has dropped to third on the depth chart.
Best Player: LB Ryan Kerrigan
Ryan Kerrigan has been the most consistent player on the Redskins defense for years now, and it looks like he is just getting better with age. After going for 9.5 sacks in 2015, he racked up 11 sacks in 2016. Washington needs to go get another playmaker for this front seven for them to make a run for a Lombardi trophy.
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