The 11 Worst Rookie Performances in NFL History

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The 11 Worst Rookie Performances in NFL History
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With the high turnover rate seen on NFL rosters, there are dozens and dozens of rookies who take the field every year.

Some are high draft picks with huge expectations, while others are just happy to be strapping on gear in the NFL and realizing their wildest dreams.

Needless to say, every year some immediately rise to the top of the sport while others find out that the game in the NFL moves a lot faster than expected.

This particular list takes a look at some of the worst performances by rookies in NFL history.  

To be considered for this list, some ground rules had to be established.

First, the player had to play a considerable amount of time as a rookie.  For example, JaMarcus Russell's four-game stint as a rookie fails to qualify him for this list of awfulness.

Second, there had to be some kind of expectations surrounding the rookie.  Sure, Chansi Stuckey did nothing for the Jets as a rookie in 2007, but he was the 235th player taken in the draft, so he wasn't expected to.

Due to the nature of the sport, there are probably hundreds upon hundreds of choices to be considered here.  However, when taken into account the expectations and responsibilities of these players, here are the worst of the worst when it comes to the poorest rookie seasons in NFL history.

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