Top 15 Supposed NFL Failures Poised To Break Out

It’s a hard life in the NFL. Some players become Hall of Famers, others provide production for many years, and some just aren’t cut out for the league. Every year, it seems that a new player fails to live up to his expectations in the eyes of the coaches and fans; those players are simply known as “busts”. From Ryan Leaf to Jamarcus Russell, there will always be players that don’t produce and every general manager's job is to make sure that they don’t select one of those players. But for every player labeled as a bust, there is the chance for redemption. Some players break out into the league right away while others take a little time to adjust to the speed and complexity that is the NFL. Whether it be a change of scenery, or they are finally given the chance to shine by their coaches, some players can turn their career around and finally make a name for themselves for the right reasons. Alex Smith, for example, was seen as a bust out in San Francisco but has really turned his career around in Kansas City. Here is a list of players that some may consider to be busts but will look to break out of that title this coming season.

15 Ryan Mathews, RB - Philadelphia Eagles

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14 Cody Latimer, WR - Denver Broncos

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13 DJ Hayden, CB - Oakland Raiders

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12 Blaine Gabbert, QB - San Francisco 49ers

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11 Danny Shelton, DT - Cleveland Browns

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10 Lance Kendricks, TE - Los Angeles Rams

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9 Darqueze Dennard, CB - Cincinnati Bengals

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8 Sam Bradford, QB - Philadelphia Eagles

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7 Greg Robinson, OT - Los Angeles Rams

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6 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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5 Robert Griffin III, QB - Cleveland Browns

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4 Trae Waynes, CB - Minnesota Vikings

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3 Jadeveon Clowney, DE/LB - Houston Texans

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2 Coby Fleener, TE - New Orleans Saints

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1 Melvin Gordon, RB - San Diego Chargers

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Coming in at #1 on the list, Melvin Gordon just experienced a disastrous rookie season in San Diego. Coming out of Wisconsin, Gordon put up video game like number week in and week out and looked like he was joining the perfect situation with the Chargers. Sadly, he just never got things going. He posted an awful 3.5 yards per carry, 641 yards, and ZERO TD’s. In the 2015, he was the second RB drafted in the first round behind eventual rookie of the year which was Gurley. When Gordon ran the ball he just never seemed to have confidence running into lanes and also had fumbling issues. Now that he’s got his rookie season behind him, there’s no where to go but up for the talented runner. The Chargers still have Philip Rivers at QB, and a young star at WR in Keenan Allen. They do need to make changes on the offensive line which was also a contributing factor to Gordon’s struggles. If Gordon can get over is wasted season, look for him to vastly improve his numbers for the Bolts for years to come. Whether that’s in San Diego, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas remains to be seen.

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