There are a handful of NFL players who are obviously skilled, but their success is significantly benefited by their current situation. Sometimes athletes are benefited by other superstars; therefore, they perform a lot better than they would elsewhere in the NFL This is often apparent when fans notice receivers who are succeeding; usually because of a really good quarterback. Peyton Manning, for example, is a guy who made people around him a lot better. Running backs played better with Peyton, but mostly, receivers performed at a higher level with his patience and strong arm. Not all quarterbacks make everyone around them better though.
Plenty of guys actually make star athletes struggle: Ryan Fitzpatrick, for example. The Jets front office really soured on Fitzpatrick this past season. Brandon Marshall's game was not benefited remotely by the presence of Fitzpatrick. Marshall will have the opportunity to prove himself with Eli Manning this season with the Giants. Marshall is an example of someone who would NOT be on this list, in fact, he is the opposite person that would be on here. Marshall was screwed by a poor situation with Todd Bowles. Here are 20 players Who Would Suck On Different Teams.
20 Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb's had two very good seasons in the NFL. In 2012, he recorded 954 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He topped this number in 2014, managing 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. But what about the other years? His first year in the league, 2011, was a bust. He scored once and had 375 yards. He got injured in 2013, so that year cannot be taken into account. The 2015 and 2016 seaons were not great years for Cobb either, as he only managed 10 touchdowns and 1,439 reception yards. Cobb isn't doing too hot in Green Bay, but he remains somewhat of a threat in the Packers offensive attack.
19 Travis Benjamin
Benjamin has been somewhat average with Philip Rivers. He began the 2016 season kind of hot, but faltered into sub par mode. I had Benjamin on my fantasy team in 2016, and I was very disappointed with his output of production. He only managed four touchdowns and 677 yards in 2016. In my opinion, if Benjamin left the Chargers - his career could come to an end. He remains high up on the depth chart in Los Angeles, because Philip Rivers seems to like him as a target.
18 Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry is a very one dimensional wide receiver. He is noted as a prominent athlete, but I think he is productive to the extent of his circumstance. It is fair to say that Landry is very good after the catch. Once he catches the football, he does a good job of moving through a defense. Additionally, all the stats prove to him being a talented athlete. He has recorded 3,051 receiving yards in three seasons. The downside to his numbers are his actual touchdowns. He had four touchdowns in 2016, four in 2015, and three in 2014. Therefore, he is either in a poor situation, or he just isn't very good at finding the end zone.
17 Adam Thielen
Thielen showed himself to be a viable option in Minnesota in 2016. He recorded 967 yards, five touchdowns, and 69 receptions. He earned a three year contract extension with the Vikings this offseason. Thielen's performance in 2016 was successful. He surpassed his statistics in 2015, in which he only accumulated 144 receiving yards. Receivers good season, or two, need to be taken with a grain of salt. Thielen earned a big contract, for a solid year. I wouldn't say he was, by any measure, a very productive player.
16 Matt Forte
Forte is one of my favorite running backs in the league. He is quiet but confident, one of the league's best halfbacks that is active. This being said, he has begun to struggle a little, which is obviously because he is aging. As we have seen, running backs tend to lose explosiveness earlier in their careers, making way for other prospects to emerge. Forte, now 31, is a mentor for Billal Powell. He should remain on the Jets, a team he scored seven touchdowns for last season. On the Bears a year before, a team with an objectively worse offensive line, Forte only had four touchdowns. He has almost revamped his career in East Rutherford, creating significant discussion as to whether he should keep playing, or rather, how long he should play.
15 Ryan Mathews
14 Eli Rogers
Rogers proved himself to be somewhat valuable with the Steelers in 2016. His rookie season was decent. He had three touchdowns, 48 receptions, and 594 yards. I think he has a lot to build on for next season. In terms of his yardage output, 594 is not a very solid number. Additionally, three touchdowns could easily become 4-7 next season. Rogers would be wise to keep playing with Ben Roethlisberger, for as long as he can. Big Ben is one of the league's top tier quarterbacks, someone who is a complete game changer. Rogers can continue to be mentored by the great Antonio Brown, and this would simply only help his career.
13 Cole Beasley
Cole Beasley is a short, mildly athletic, Cowboys receiver. His recent success has been due to the emergence of Dak Prescott, a multi-dimensional quarterback who proved his worth for Jerry Jones. Beasley recorded seven touchdowns and 833 yards in 2016. These are very respectable numbers, but they must be observed within context. He played in one of the league's premier offenses this past season, which can be extremely pleasant for any athlete. Along with Dez Bryant and Zeke Elliot, the Cowboys had an unforgettable season.
12 Nate Solder
Nate Solder is a two time champion, and a New England Patriots prodigy. He joined the team in 2011 and has been riding the Pats' wave ever since. The offensive tackle is one of Brady's best friends on the field, someone who is a big body. Solder had 16 starts this past season, which is equal to his 2012 games played. If Solder were to leave New England, he may not garner the respect he does now. He has yet to make the Pro Bowl or get awarded for many significant accolades. Since he is a New England Patriot, he gets overrated from playing in a well structured system.
11 Cameron Brate
Brate is one of Jameis Winston's biggest targets. With the arrival of veteran DeSean Jackson in Tampa Bay, pressure will be taken off the young tight end. This is not say Brate should not be heavily targeted by Winston, but Jackson is obviously a more proven player. Brate, a Harvard alum, recorded a very solid eight touchdowns this season, along with 660 reception yards.
10 Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin had a great season in 2016. He put up numbers not necessarily expected from him, which include seven touchdowns, 1,128 yards, and 94 receptions. Along with Russell Wilson, who didn't have an unbelievable season, by any measure, Doug shined in open space. He got open very well and proved himself to be a great option aside from Jimmy Graham. Without Russell Wilson, what would become of Doug Baldwin?
9 Thomas Rawls
Thomas Rawls has had the brief luxury of being able to run behind a fantastic offensive line. Along with Russell Wilson, he has been given great advice as he emerges as a solid halfback. Many running backs benefit from a good offensive line - others struggle behind a weak one (Todd Gurley for example). Rawls recorded an average three touchdowns and 349 yards, unfortunately, due to injury. Christine Michael came in as a the starter, but he eventually went over to the Packers mid-season. Rawls isn't a fantastic runner, but he has been good enough to remain a starter in Seattle.
8 DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams has seen his career drastically change since he went to the Steelers. In Carolina, he was stuck in a two man system with Jonathan Stewart. Though the two were solid runners, neither one was given the opportunity to excel on an individual level.
7 Jordan Matthews
Jordan Matthews has had some trouble adjusting to the fast paced level of the NFL. He has a tendency to drop passes or run the wrong route. Regardless, by no means is he a bad receiver. This being said, he has seen a drop down in productiveness this past season. He had 16 combined touchdowns in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, he had a shy three touchdowns. Matthews was in a poor offense in 2016, but if he stays in Philadelphia, the team may be a little different come next season. The organization brought in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery, two veteran guys who could assist in giving Matthews some more direction and mentor him.
6 Antonio Gates
Gates has had a very good career. The 14 year veteran has had the opportunity to play with Philip Rivers, but unlike other athletes, Rivers is not the reason for his success. He has revolutionized the tight end position with his athleticism. I put Antonio Gates on this list because, at this point, his career is winding down. Hunter Henry is beginning to emerge as the potential front runner to be the next starting tight end for the Chargers, and Gates has vocalized the idea of retiring very soon. If we were to switch teams, it would not be good for his career. He has nestled into a comfortable home with the Chargers, and switching teams this late in his career would be detrimental to his image.
5 Ty Montgomery
4 Davante Adams
Adams has the luxury of being able to play with a great quarterback. He had a very good season in 2016, recording 75 receptions, 997 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Compare this to his 2014 and 2015 seasons, in which he had four touchdowns, and you see extreme progression. Adams has taken control over the receiving aspect for the Packers. Jordy Nelson has trouble staying healthy and Randall Cobb hasn't been as good as he once was. An aspect of his game worth noting, is that he certainly drops a lot of passes. He had five dropped passes in 2016, which is 4.1% of all of his combined targets. This is a very minimal amount, but surely, dropping important passes holds relevance.
3 Chris Hogan
Chris Hogan was one of Tom Brady's favorite targets in 2016. He managed to have his best season, recording 38 receptions, 680 yards, and four touchdowns. Surely, Hogan is no Edelman. Edelman has significantly better statistics, in terms of yards and receptions. Hogan beat a Patriots franchise record on January 22 2017. He had 180 yards, which is the organization's most receiving yards by a player in the playoffs. Many things point to Hogan being unproductive in another uniform.
2 Emmanuel Sanders
1 Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman was praised after Super Bowl LI and for good reason. He caught a pass that was so intensely defended. The ball was tipped into the air by the Falcons defense and then it somehow dropped into Edelman's hands on the ground. In 2016, he struggled a bit on the touchdown end. He only had three touchdowns, but still managed 1,106 reception yards. To me, Edelman is not an elite receiver. Along with Tom Brady, he is glorified as a top tier athlete. If he were to leave the safe haven that is New England, I think he would truly struggle elsewhere, or just be a very average player. Edelman is not an extremely fast player, but he is obviously clutch.
My question is this, would he have the same success he has enjoyed on a team like the Rams or Eagles? Brady has the ability to make guys around him significantly better. Edelman has been able to ride the wave of greatness since 2009, but when Brady retires, he may find difficulty in a fast paced, league geared towards younger athletes.
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