The National Football League is the ultimate competition of football in the world. The best of the best players throughout the 50 states and beyond work their whole lives to reach this point, where they compete against the finest players to ever play the game. Players from different backgrounds and different playing styles, all come together to compete for one thing: The Super Bowl.
The NFL helps show which players truly are the best, and which players were one hit wonders at their respected universities. The NFL puts the best against the best, it’s one big dog fight to see who the true champions are. As there are many great players that play football in the NFL, there are also many not so great NFL players.
There are players that have talent to be in the league, but not enough to start, or even really see the field. There are guys who are injury prone and can’t help but stay on the bench due to their medical issues. The NFL is a hard league to be a part of, and not every football player that enters, can manage to pull off a long career. We have seen our share of greats, but we have also seen our share of some of the worst NFL players to ever play on the big stage.
Here are The Worst Offensive Players On Every NFL Roster:
32 Arizona Cardinals - Brittan Golden (WR)
Brittan Golden is like that awkward friend in the popular group, that sits with all the popular kids but doesn’t quite know what to say. Those popular kids are Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson. These guys help contribute to what used to be one of the most dynamic offenses in football, before it took a step back in 2016.
Part of the reason Golden doesn’t perform as well as he may be able to, is the lack of playing time. In his career, he has only caught 13 passes, one of those being a touchdown. He seems to have potential to make big plays using his hands and his speed, but as of right now, Cardinals fans aren’t seeing that. So until we see Larry Fitzgerald hit retirement, chances are that Golden will be the awkward offensive weapon on this team.
31 Atlanta Falcons - Austin Hooper (TE)
The most loaded offense in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons, has a weak spot. Austin Hooper played his first season, finishing with three touchdowns and less than 300 receiving yards. With the loads of talent on this Falcons offense, Hooper was an easy decision as the worst offensive player on the roster.
With the only true weakness on the Falcons roster being tight-end, this team may want to look for a real tight-end that can bring back the glorious days of Tony Gonzalez. Hooper definitely has potential, and can become the next starting tight-end of the Falcons. But fans are going to need to see more production, especially during the regular season. Hooper caught a touchdown in the Super Bowl, which may boost some popularity for him. So all we can do is hope that Hooper can take the appropriate steps to become a dominant force on this offense.
30 Baltimore Ravens - Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB)
Lorenzo Taliaferro truly hasn’t gotten a real chance to prove much, dealing with injuries. But, part of the game is staying on the field. Taliaferro has experiences injuries such as foot and knee injuries, which can damage a running backs career. The Ravens can use some help behind Terrance West, and if we see Taliaferro get healthy, he may be that man. With only 339 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his career, Taliaferro is looking closer to the end of his career rather than the beginning of a new start.
With so many running backs in the league, it’s easy for teams to toss them around like it’s nothing. And if you can’t stay healthy, well teams won’t even bother trying to talk to those players. For a man that hasn’t contributed really anything to the game, it would be shocking to see him play more than another 2-3 years.
29 Buffalo Bills - Jonathan Williams (RB)
With the best run game in the NFL, there is really no excuse for disappointment. The Bills were great last season with LeSean McCoy and Mike Gilislee dominating opposing defenses. For Jonathan Williams, his season didn’t look too pretty. In 27 attempts, he averaged 3.5 yards per carry and only scoring one touchdown. The longest run of the season for him was 20 yards. If you take the longest run out of his statistics, Williams only averaged 2.8 yards per carry.
With Gillislee being gone, this gives other Bills running backs a chance to become the next complement to LeSean McCoy. With the Williams' poor play in 2016, it seems that the Bills may have to play McCoy more, or see if Williams can turn it up this upcoming season. After some poor rushing attempts in 2016, he’s going to look to make some breakout runs to try and help turn heads.
28 Carolina Panthers - Damiere Byrd (WR)
With Super Cam trying to bounce back and return to the 2015 Cam Newton, he’s going to need some weapons around him. Damiere Byrd unfortunately missed almost all of the 2016 season due to a knee injury, which is why he has to be placed as the worst offensive weapon on the team. A backup wide receiver facing a season ending injury, there are no real expectations to see from Byrd this upcoming season.
Byrd showed signs at South Carolina that he can help this ball club, but he has to manage to stay on the field before anyone can speculate what his production level will be like in 2017. With the wide receiver group fully healthy come the 2017 season, Panthers fans should expect for more promising results from the young receivers.
27 Chicago Bears - Kevin White (WR)
It doesn’t help that the Bears had an awkward situation going on with their quarterbacks for the seventh-round pick, Kevin White. White finished last season with 19 receptions and 187 receiving yards, averaging just 9.8 yards a carry. With below average production, and a sticky situation for the upcoming season, it seems that White may fall away from the final roster cut come the end of August.
White had an incredible one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys, but besides that we haven’t seen much to rave about the late-round draft pick. White may see himself on the special teams’ side of the ball if the Bears do decide to keep him on the final roster, as he shows the speed to take the ball back to opposing end zones. But his time on offense may become more limited.
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Cody Core (WR)
Cody Core has shown his share of catches, as well as drops. In 2016, he was targeted 27 times, catching 17 of those passes. Core has shown an ability to make some places and keep drives alive, as well as miss clear catches for easy yards. With the addition of John Ross to this Bengals team, less and less reps are to come as A.J. Green and John Ross are expected to take a majority of the passes, to help improve this Bengals passing game.
Core may see himself land on another team if his future doesn’t work out with the Bengals. But for now, he may service a purpose during practices, as we have not seen Core show a huge impact in any Bengals games.
25 Cleveland Browns - Brock Osweiler (QB)
The Houston Texans had to give up a high draft pick, just for the Cleveland Browns to take Brock Osweiler. That is how bad Osweiler is. Many teams and reporters seemed to hype him up after he played decent in 2015 with the Denver Broncos, but in 2016, Osweiler was a nightmare. Finishing with more interceptions than touchdowns, it was clear why the Texans were so desperate to get Osweiler off the team.
Osweiler is the only starting quarterback on this list, and many may think that there has to be a player worse than Osweiler, but there are actually many backup quarterbacks that could probably perform at a higher level than Osweiler did in 2016. Brandon Weeden who was actually known as an awful back up for the Dallas Cowboys, played fairly well for the Texans in 2015 with a 107.7 passer rating. Osweiler played a lot more, but the Texans may have rather had Weeden under center. And with the Browns, it seems that we will only see Osweiler for a short time depending on how quickly DeShone Kizer progresses.
24 Dallas Cowboys - Kellen Moore (QB)
If Lucky Whitehead didn't get cut recently, he would most definitely be the man to fill this Cowboys spot. The Dallas Cowboys were willing to let Kellen Moore take charge of their team in 2016, for Cowboys fans, that is absolutely devastating to think about. In 2015, Moore threw for only four touchdown passes and six interceptions. He threw for only 779 yards and had a 58.7 completion percentage.
It’s tough to be a left-handed quarterback in the NFL, and Kellen Moore definitely does not succeed at it. His inability to be a playmaker and lack of arm strength easily makes him the weakest link to this Dallas Cowboys offense. Luckily for the Cowboys, Moore got injured, and that is why Dak Prescott took over the world with his incredible 2016 performance. Cowboys fans hope to see Prescott continue to succeed, or else they will have to endure the suffering of seeing Kellen Moore attempt to make plays in the NFL.
23 Denver Broncos - Ty Sambrailo (OL)
Ty Sambrailo is a victim of why the Denver Broncos have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Sambrailo’s inability to keep up with large defenders and block against the pass makes him the weakest link to the Broncos offense. The Broncos offensive tackle position was so poor this year, that even in a draft where the offensive lineman was nothing special, the Broncos selected an offensive tackle with their first-round pick.
Desperate for someone to replace Sambrailo, the Broncos went for Garett Bolles. Sambrailo struggles to block linebackers, as well as avoid being penalized. His characteristics make him an easy target to get rid of in the future. But for some odd reason, John Elway wants to give Sambrailo another chance to redeem himself and help protect whoever will be the quarterback at the beginning of the 2017 season.
22 Detroit Lions - Theo Riddick (RB)
The Detroit Lions have been looking for ways to help Matthew Stafford become more successful in this league. After his favorite target, Calvin Johnson, decided to retire, it seems tougher and tougher for the Lions to win in this league. The Lions are a passing team, but even the best passing teams still need some sort of run game to help balance out their offense.
Theo Riddick, the starting running back, has done nothing to help balance this offense out at all. Last season he finished averaging 3.9 yards a carry and only one touchdown. Throughout his career, he only averages 3.5 yards a carry and old has two rushing touchdowns. Riddick has been dominant in the passing game, but as a running back, he has failed year after year. The Lions may want to go shopping to help find Riddick’s replacement, or make Riddick a passing back only.
21 Green Bay Packers - Geronimo Allison (WR)
The Green Bay Packers do their best to put together a wide receiver corps that can help Aaron Rodgers throw the ball around. With talented receivers like Davante Adams and J.J. Nelson, Geronimo Allison just doesn’t find himself with that group of wide receivers. With making some plays in the 2016 season, 39 yards being his longest, he will need more reps to show that he can be put on the field with one of the league’s greatest quarterbacks to ever compete.
Allison is still young, and didn’t have the worst rookie season possible. But for a team that likes to air the ball out first, Allison is going to need to prepare for game days to get away from these dangerous secondaries. Rodgers may help make Allison better in the future, but for now, he still has some work to do.
20 Houston Texans - Tom Savage (QB)
When one of the other worst quarterbacks in the league, Brock Osweiler, disappointed fans of Houston, Bill O’Brien decided to throw Tom Savage in the mix as the next starting quarterback. Reporters and fans hyped up Savage, but does Savage really have the potential to take this team to next level?
To start, Savage has never really seen a true defense. He went 2-1 finishing the season, beating the Jaguars and Bengals. During his three-game stretch, he threw for 461 yards and no touchdowns before being injured. Savage is a below average quarterback, he may not turn the ball over like Osweiler, but he also can’t get the ball into the end zone. This offense has the potential to be something special, even Brandon Weeden was able to have success with this offense in 2015. Savage doesn’t have the talent to take this team deep into the playoffs, surrounded by an offense loaded with weapons.
19 Indianapolis Colts - Erik Swoope (TE)
A lot of the least talented players in this league are undrafted. Another undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami is on this list, Erik Swoope. Erik Swoope had made some nice plays in 2016, including a touchdown catch, but really has no flare to his game. Swoope has speed of a good tight-end, but he has nothing else besides that. Only catching for 297 receiving yards, makes it hard to settle in with Swoope yet. Only after his first full season, we will still need to see more of what Swoope can show.
He has good hands, catching 15 out of the 22 targets, but Swoope will need to see the field more before he can be graded higher as a dynamic part of this offense.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Rashad Greene (WR)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team on the rise, we hope. They have a defense in play that if they succeed to their full potential, could be one of the scariest defenses in the league. The question mark right now is the offense. Part of that problem, is wide receiver Rashad Greene. Green hasn’t received all the opportunities possible, but when out there seems to be a dead-beat receiver.
In his two-year career, he has been targeted 43 times, only catching 24 receptions. He has 125 receiving yards in his career, averaging only 5.2 yards per reception. That number is absolutely awful. Some running backs actually average more than that. Throughout his career he also only has two touchdown catches. A team that is trying to break out needs playmakers, not players that ruin drives. Greene may not see much more time in Jacksonville, as he has failed to do anything worth noting.
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Chris Conley (WR)
Unlike most guys on this list, Chris Conley has seen the field more than most. But for a number two receiver, his production level definitely needs to step it up a notch. In two years with the team, he only has one touchdown catch and 729 receiving yards. In 2016, he finished with a 63.8 catch percentage, and 12 yards per game on average. With Alex Smith not being the most spectacular quarterback around, the receiver core definitely needs to be able to make plays to keep this team winning.
Conley hasn’t showed anything to make fans rave about him, and the Chiefs may want to look to replace him in the future. With one of the best teams in the league trying to make it further than the divisional round of the playoffs, they need playmakers around their quarterback, and Conley is not one of those guys.
16 Los Angeles Chargers - Isaiah Burse (WR)
The NFL game day roster only includes 53 men. Teams want all 53 men contributing all around the ball, not just one dimensional. For special teams players, many of them are expected to hop on their side of the ball whenever is needed. For Isaiah Burse, we have never seen him play a snap on offense in the NFL. For a guy who has returned a good amount of punts on special teams, he would be expected to contribute somehow on offense, to some extent.
We have yet to see Burse play on offense, but even his college stats weren’t all that great. His best season came at Fresno State in 2013, when he scored six touchdowns and received 1,026 yards. That was his only season where he received over 1,000 yards. Burse has never given fans a reason to be excited about, why may be why he may not find himself on the Chargers roster much longer.
15 Los Angeles Rams - Mike Thomas (WR)
We are talking Mike Thomas of the Los Angeles Rams, not Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints. The Mike Thomas we have seen in the league is almost completely irrelevant. In his time with the Rams, he has only caught three passes, out of the nine times he has been targeted for only 37 yards. Thomas may not even be considered part of the offense with the very little production he contributes on offense.
Thomas is another wide receiver that seems to contribute very little, but occasionally gets thrown onto special teams. Thomas has shown that he is unable to be a playmaker in this league, and unable to help the Rams. Thomas may not be useful on offense or special teams, as he has still yet to have his first NFL touchdown.
14 Miami Dolphins - Damien Williams (RB)
Jay Ajayi has become one of the best running backs in the game, but as for his back up... Not so much. Damien Williams hasn’t had much success in the league, and with the success of Ajayi, it shows that it’s on him for his poor performances. He has the ability to get past defenders, but we haven’t seen enough to see that he will help carry the Dolphins to one of the top rushing groups in the game.
His big plays weigh out the rest of his play. Throughout his two-year span, he only averages 3.4 yards a carry with three rushing touchdowns. Other teams including the Vikings and Cowboys help show that having multiple running backs that could be a starter, makes the team much more efficient then having one running back run the whole offense.
13 Minnesota Vikings - Laqoun Treadwell (WR)
Expectations for Laquon Treadwell were very high come the beginning of the 2016 season, and he did not deliver. As well as the ball wasn’t delivered to him as much as expected. He played 9 games in his rookie season. In those games, he was only targeted three times, only catching one pass for 15 yards.
The former Mississippi wide receiver was a straight bust during his first season. So much was expected, and he delivered so little. This had to do with the amount of playing time, along with what he showed in practice. Treadwell is expected to be a bigger factor come 2017, but as of right now with what we have seen, it’s embarrassing that the Vikings used a first-round draft for a 15-yard catch.
12 New England Patriots - Matthew Slater (WR)
The New England Patriots are known for using everyone on the offensive side of the ball as effectively as possible. The Patriots have not been able to utilize Matthew Slater to their full potential, or much at all. Slate has been used on special teams, but the wide receiver still hasn’t seen his fair shot on offense.
In Slater’s 9-year career, he only has one catch for 46 yards. The one big play he made, may have made some indications that Slater could be a factor on offense in the future. Slater may never get his opportunity has an offensive weapon, as he seems to strictly stay as a special teams guy. Slater has given the Patriots enough to keep him on the roster and playing special teams, but may not have the potential to ever play another snap with the offense on the field.
11 New Orleans Saints - Josh Hill (TE)
On one of the best offenses in football, Josh Hill has still not done anything to truly help contribute to this team. In his career, he has received 9 touchdown passes and 489 receiving yards. He’s not very mobile, making him not that effective after the catch. On a team that is electrifying, Hill doesn’t seem to fit what they do in New Orleans. The Saints try and light it up with their speed and power, and Hill doesn’t seem to have either characteristic.
The Saints miss Graham, but Hill is not the answer. Hill is an easy tight-end to bring down, really making him an easy guy to take down after the pass. If Hill is in tight coverage, he’s not very helpful to the team. He’s good for short passes, as he averages 9.6 yards per reception in his career, but that won’t be enough to contribute as a starter on this team.
10 New York Giants - Ereck Flowers (OT)
Ereck Flowers has been one of the worst offensive tackles in the league. Shocking that the Giants didn’t draft another offensive lineman with Flowers poor play in 2016. Flowers saw himself as one of the worst offensive tackles on the Pro Football Focus list multiple times throughout the season, including week 13 against the Steelers.
The Giants drafted high in the 2015 NFL Draft, and still seem to have confidence in Flowers. Flowers was a victim of allowing too many sacks, and being one of the most penalized offensive tackles in the NFL. Flowers was not what the Giants expected, but the Giants still expect Flowers to improve after a disastrous rookie campaign. Flowers has done nothing to help improve the team, as he actually tends to be a weak link to this poor offensive line.
9 New York Jets - Christian Hackenberg (QB)
We haven’t seen Christian Hackenberg play a regular season game, which may be part of the tale as to why he’s the worst offensive player on this team. Hackenberg played an awful game, where he threw 11 for 31, only throwing for 54 yards. 54 yards on 31 attempts… That’s less than 2 yards per throw. His poor stat line in the preseason contributed to him not seeing the field in 2016.
Hackenberg may not be the answer as a backup quarterback for the Jets, yet a starting quarterback. Hackenberg’s preseason performance fits perfectly what the Jets season was last season: a disaster. A team that is struggling to find their franchise quarterback, fails again drafting Hackenberg. Don’t expect Hackenberg’s career to last long, because his preseason stats are worse than what a high school quarterback may throw for.
8 Oakland Raiders - Lee Smith (TE)
The Raiders were one of the best teams in the NFL in 2016, but for their tight-end Lee Smith, his career is almost as disappointing as the last 10 seasons of Raiders existence. Smith has been in the career since 2011, and somehow still has a career. In his six-year career, Smith has only seen the end zone six times, and has only caught for 243 yards. Smith’s career has been nothing to brag about. His career statistics in six seasons, are what some tight ends have achieved in three games.
The Raiders signed Jared Cook, who showed signs of becoming one of the next better tight ends in the league after his season with the Packers. This signing doesn’t look good for Smith, who still has failed to crack 100 receiving yards in a season.
7 Philadelphia Eagles - Bryce Treggs (WR)
In his rookie season, Bryce Treggs showed that he can play the long ball. Finishing his season with only three receptions for 80 yards, this guy could be one of the next deep ball threats. Unfortunately, he was targeted 12 times. Treggs is a work in progress, and could help the offense in the future.
At California, Treggs was a deep ball threat, but has not had the opportunity to go deep for Carson Wentz much. The Eagles are still trying to figure out their identity and who the future stars of this team will be. Treggs will have his chance, but the real question is if he will be able to make the necessary catches to help this team go ahead and win this division once again.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers - Jesse James (TE)
Jesse James may be a shocking name on this list, but it’s only because we have to see more of him before we can judge. James finished the 2016 season with three touchdowns and 338 receiving yards. James seems like he has the athleticism to help this team and become a starter, but he hasn’t had enough reps to help show fans that. Last season he caught approximately 65 percent of his passes, averaging 8.7 yards per carry.
James is a young and flexible receiver, taking the extra steps to get the extra yards. Fans will want to see Roethlisberger throw to him more this upcoming season to see if he’s the real deal, but only time will tell. For now, on a team with so much talent, he’s on the lower tier of that talent.
5 San Francisco 49ers - Bruce Ellington (WR)
Film of Bruce Ellington shows that he is a lot more explosive than his statistics show. But stats don’t lie, and that is why Ellington isn’t regarded very highly. Coming off of an injury, Ellington will try and make 2017 his breakout season. So far, we have seen a player that has only caught two touchdown passes, and received for 215 yards.
Expectations could be higher for Ellington, as his play reminds fans of a better Lucky Whitehead. But the thing is, he has shown Lucky Whitehead type stats. Ellington has the speed and play making ability to be better than what his stats show, but the 49ers will have to put him on the field more often to give him a shot. With track plays being his style, we may see Ellington break down the field for once.
4 Seattle Seahawks - Luke Wilson (TE)
The Seattle Seahawks brought in Jimmy Graham to the team after the 2014 season, which may have caused Luke Wilson’s production level to decrease. But even before Graham came to Seattle, Wilson never showed the most impressive numbers. We have seen Wilson make some nice grabs, including the one-handed catch against the Packers, but a few nice catches don’t make your career. Wilson is good for a couple touchdown catches a year, but nothing to get Russell Wilson excited for. Wilson’s production has decreased since Graham arrived, finishing the 2016 season with only 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Wilson may never get the targets he once got when Graham was there, but still can’t help contributing the way he once did. Wilson’s decent play has declined since his rookie season.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Charles Sims (RB)
With Doug Martin’s career being one of the most inconsistent in the NFL, the Bucs need another running back on their roster to help alleviate the pressure from Jameis Winston. Backup running back, Charles Sims, has not been able to do that in his time in Tampa. Sims best season came in 2015, where he rushed for 529 yards and four touchdowns.
Sims saw a season filled with injuries in 2016, causing his production to slip. He finished the 2016 season with averaging 2.9 yards a carry, and one rushing touchdown. His contributions in 2016 are not enough to help build a good run game in Tampa. With many other options around the league, even a hurt Doug Martin may be better than having Charles Sims run with the ball.
2 Tennessee Titans - Harry Douglas (WR)
Harry Douglas once was one of the more dynamic wide receivers in the league. In 2013, he caught for 1,067 yards two touchdowns, having the best season of his career. But since then has struggled to get even close to those numbers. Even at his best, Douglas was only able to get into the end zone twice. Douglas’ inability to get the end zone enough, makes him one of the worst offensive weapons on this team.
Even when he was younger, Douglas struggled to make it into the end zone all the way to now, where during the 2016 season he did not score one touchdown. Douglas' production level has declined, and it doesn’t seem that Douglas will be making it back into the end zone anytime soon. With the Titans on the rise, this team will be looking for dynamic wide receivers, such as Corey Davis and Eric Decker.
1 Washington Redskins - Brian Quick (WR)
The Washington Redskins signed Brian Quick this past offseason, after he finished his 2016 season with the Los Angeles Rams. Quick coming off of his best season in Los Angeles, finishing with 564 receiving yards and three touchdowns. But before this past season, Quick hasn’t been able to break 400 yards in a season. Two seasons, Quick remained under 200 receiving yards.
Quick may prove some people wrong, but he’s nothing for Redskins fans to get excited about. Especially after being used to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon tear it apart, don’t expect Quick to replace one of these guys. The Redskins are used to being a dominant, passing team during the Kirk Cousins era. But losing all his weapons over the offseason, it’s a big question mark on how this season will turn out. Quick will be an experiment, but he may struggle against the other NFC East defenses.
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