Mark Sanchez and the Most Underperforming NFL Stars Through Week 5

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks on in the first half against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Whether you're a dedicated fantasy football player or die-hard fan of a certain team, under-performing NFL stars are disappointing enough to ruin your entire week.

There have been a handful of disappointments in the NFL this season, whether it's the play of the New Orleans Saints or the performance of the replacement referees through the first three weeks of the 2012 NFL season, but certain players have been just as disappointing.

Let's examine a few key players that haven't quite lived up to the hype so far in 2012.


Mark Sanchez

My prediction that Tim Tebow will be the New York Jets' starter by Week 6 is looking pretty good right now.

Mark Sanchez has been poor this season, ranking dead last in the NFL in completion percentage, with a dismal 48.4 mark. Further, Sanchez has as many touchdowns as he does interceptions (six), which amounts to the third-worst passer rating in the league.

ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account highlights Sanchez's struggles, tweeting:

Mark Sanchez is the 1st QB since 1999 (Stoney Case, Ravens) w/ 4 straight games of 25+ passes & a sub-50% completion pct. #Elias

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 9, 2012

For a team that struggles to run the football, the Jets aren't receiving any help from Sanchez, who has thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in just one game this season.

With Tebow waiting in the wings, don't be surprised to see a new QB under center relatively soon for Gang Green.


Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant may be coming off a big game against Chicago in Week 4 that saw him haul in eight catches for 105 yards, but he still hasn't been the dominant wideout we were all expecting.

Prior to that Week 4 performance, Bryant's best game came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, posting six receptions for 62 yards.

Fantasy owners are upset, as Bryant has yet to find the end zone and has less yards than teammate Miles Austin, despite being targeted more often and having more receptions than Austin.

ESPN's Ed Werder pokes fun at Bryant's scoreless season, thus far:

Skins LB Ryan Kerrigan picks Matt Ryan, joins NFL defensive players with more TDs than Dez Bryant!#justsaying

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 7, 2012

It'd be a stretch to say that Bryant has been a complete disappointment this season—he totals 21 receptions for 269 yards in 2012—but he certainly hasn't been the player Cowboys fans were hoping for entering this season.


Chris Johnson

There hasn't been a more disappointing player in all of football than Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson.

On 73 attempts, Johnson has just 210 yards, which is good for a mere 2.9 average YPC. As if that's not bad enough, Johnson hasn't scored a touchdown on the ground or through the air and sports a longest run of just 19 yards this season.

The 27-year-old RB has surpassed the 100-yard mark just once this season, with every other game being a complete bust, as ESPN points out in this tweet:

Chris Johnson has less than 25 yds rushing in 4 of 5 games this season. Prior to 2012, he only did this 7 times in 63 career games.

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 10, 2012

Johnson can continue to blame his offensive line, but the fact of the matter is that he's not finding the holes and exploding through them like he did in 2009 when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards.

With Jake Locker sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Titans should be moving more toward the ground game, but with a struggling Johnson carrying the rock, that might not be the best option in Tennessee.


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