As we prepare to bring the 2017 NFL regular season to a close, let’s take a look at the most disappointing players of the year.
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
Cutler was brought out of semi-retirement just before the regular season, after the Dolphins lost starter Ryan Tannehill was lost to a torn ACL. Cutler’s arm-talent, experience and familiarity with Adam Gase’s system were supposed to make for a fairly smooth transition. Ehhh…no. Apparently most people forgot that Jay Cutler is, well, Jay Cutler. Sure, he’s had his moments during the season, but it has clearly been a year that should send Mr. Cutler back to the analyst booth.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
After an impressive 2016 season that ended with some bad luck, Derek Carr and the Raiders were one of the trendy pre-season picks to contend for Super Bowl LII. However, things just never got on track in 2017. Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back early in the season, Marshawn Lynch was never a difference maker and the defense got the coordinator fired. Carr’s stats and connection with receiver Amari Cooper just didn’t look right the entire season.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Bucs
I was among many who expected Winston to take the next step into elite level QB play in 2017. Boy, was I wrong! While still showing flashes of the natural talent that got him drafted #1 overall, he still makes far too many mistakes and has failed to come through in critical situations in 2017.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington
Pryor was signed as a free agent after posting a 1,000 season in Cleveland in 2016. He accepted a 1-year deal from Washington in hopes of parlaying it into a bigger deal after 2017. So much for that theory. Pryor posted just 20 receptions for 240 yards and 1 TD before being placed on IR after 9 games. Back to the drawing board in free agency next spring for Pryor.
Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants
Perkins entered the season as the unquestioned starter in New York. By week 4, he was almost completely phased out, handing primary running back duties to Orleans Darkwa. While the sub par offensive line of the Giants did him no favors, Perkins did not produce cause for optimism either. With the wasted opportunity by Perkins, the Giants will enter the off-season in search of a starting caliber running back.
Vic Beasley, EDGE, Atlanta Falcons
After leading the NFL in sacks in 2016 with 15.5, Beasley was expected to pick up right where he left off in 2017. But, much like his Falcons team, things just didn’t work out that way. Beasley has just 4.0 sacks in 2017 with just one game to go. If the Falcons make it to the playoffs, they’ll need Beasley to revert back to 2016 form if they want to advance past the wildcard round.
Byron Jones, S, Dallas Cowboys
For a Dallas defense in dire need of playmakers, Jones has been far too regular in 2017, Drafted in the first round in 2015 due to his impressive athleticism, Jones was expected to have a breakout season in 2017. It’s fair to say that his 1 interception, 0 forced fumbles and 0 fumble recoveries are well short of the expected mark. He even lost some snaps to rookie Xavier Woods during the season.