Let’s face it. For better or worse, much of an NFL player’s career is colored by his rookie season. In this age of instant gratification, we want results, and we want them now.
But not everyone can come straight out of college and be a Matt Ryan or Mark Sanchez. Sometimes it takes time to learn the pro system and to adjust to the higher level of competition. The opposition is, after all, suddenly bigger, faster, and smarter than anything they’ve ever encountered on a football field.
These may be valid considerations, but we don’t want excuses. If you don’t impress as a rookie, then we’ll give our attention to the first-year players that do. Then next year, regardless of whether you’ve progressed or not, you may be lost in the shuffle as the hype cycle begins anew with the next incoming draft class.
This study is dedicated to those forgotten players, the guys who just needed a little more time to make their presence felt on the pro field.
Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the sophomore slumps and jumps from the 2008 NFL draft class.
Today’s position: Running back.