10 NFL Stars Who Will Take Step Back in 2014

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10 NFL Stars Who Will Take Step Back in 2014
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Will 2014 be the season Drew Brees finally slows down?

With the NFL offseason wrapping up, it is time to focus on what matters the most, which is what happens on the field. 

Every season, we see big-name players statistically regress for various reasons.

In 2013, we saw Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III struggle due to the ACL he tore in the 2012 playoffs. Former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub led his team to the No. 1 overall pick, if we're looking at the bright side of the situation (good luck, Raiders). 

Quarterbacks aren't the only position that see major drop-off though. Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White struggled with injuries last year. Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler was the worst player at his position in the NFL, according to PFF (subscription required)

Alright, you get the point. 

Part of the reason the NFL is able to give partially guaranteed contracts is due to the inconsistent nature of the league. The brutality of the league leads to undisclosed injuries to everyone on the roster, and atrophy of the body leads to players hitting their prime in the mid-20s, then struggling to play past their prime. 

Let's take a look at 10 NFL stars that will take a step back in 2014. Don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comments section, where we can discuss these choices. 

All statistics were provided by Pro Football Focus (subscription required), NFL.com and sports-reference.com 

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