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Top 25 NFL Busts Looking to Rebound in 2014

Let's face it – even good players have down years. It's nearly impossible to play that the astronomical level some in the NFL play at year in and year out without hitting a bump in the road or two. It happens to all of them at one point or another. Last year, some players who are considered elite struggled mightily. Eli Manning had a down season that culminated with the Giants missing the postseason. Tony Romo led his Dallas Cowboys to a third consecutive 8-8 season and a 4th season out of the playoffs. Bad seasons even happen to good players.

But the good thing about football – or any sport really – is that you may find yourself in the NFL gutter one year, but you may find yourself on top of the mountain the very next season. It may be that the team shores up a weak link on the line that gives a QB that extra second or two of protection that means the difference between a sack and throwing a touchdown. Perhaps it's bringing in a second running back to share the workload which keeps both players fresh and healthy. Or maybe it's changing out a head coach that a player could never connect with that allows them to finally realize their potential.

The point is that a down year for a player isn't necessarily the harbinger of doom and despair some make it out to be. Every player in the NFL, at one point or another, is going to struggle and have a down season. But many of them are able to bounce back the following year and post a solid season.

The 25 players outlined here all struggled in 2013. Some because of injuries, some because of personnel problems on their team, and others – well – just because guys struggle sometimes. But every single one of the players on this list are looking to, and very likely will,  have a rebound year in 2014 and be forces on their respective teams.

25 25. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

via espn.go.com

24 24. Donald Penn - Oakland Raiders

via sfgate.com

23 23. C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills

via roadtoradiocity.com

22 22. Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

via huffingtonpost.com

21 21. Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

via redzoneweekly.com

20 20. Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

via usatoday.com

19 19. Darrelle Revis - New England Patriots

via nypost.com

18 18. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

via blogs.thescore.com

17 17. Antonio Gates - San Diego Chargers

via thewhistle.com

16 16. Hakeem Nicks - Indianapolis Colts

via nypost.com

15 15. DJ Hayden - Oakland Raiders

via justblogbaby.com

14 14. Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders

via raiderstribune.com

13 13. Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

via thebiglead.com

12 12. Trent Richardson - Indianapolis Colts

via fanduel.com

Richardson has been awful since he hit the NFL. He's been so awful that the Browns of all people shipped him out of Cleveland for a song and a dance. He didn't fare much better in Indianapolis though. But he and the team say that a full offseason of learning the Colts' complex offensive schemes is paying dividends and that Richardson will be a dominant back in 2014.

11 11. LaMarr Woodley - Oakland Raiders

via nflspinzone.com

10 10. Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins

via redskinsxtra.blogs.timesdispatch.com

9 9. Da'Quan Bowers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

via nfl.com

8 8. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

via fancloud.com

7 7. Maurice Jones-Drew - Oakland Raiders

via si.com

6 6. Eli Manning – New York Giants

via nypost.com

5 5. Arian Foster – Houston Texans

via houston.cbslocal.com

4 4. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos

via insidetheiggles.com

3 3. Steven Jackson – Atlanta Falcons

via apexfantasyleagues.com

2 2. Chris Johnson – New York Jets

via nypost.com

1 1. Matt Schaub - Oakland Raiders

via sfexaminer.com

If ever there was a player in need of a bounce back and redemption, it would be Schaub. After enduring a train wreck of a season in 2013 – a train wreck that included 4 straight games with a pick-6, and 14 overall before his benching – the Raiders brought him in to lead the team. And many still consider them crazy for doing it. But early reports out of camp have been glowing, saying that Schaub looks more like the QB who posted 5 straight seasons with a 90+ QB rating and less like last year's dumpster fire. With a rebuilt line and plenty of weapons at his disposal, Schaub looks well position to bounce back in 2014.

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