In this second article in the series I will examine which offensive players will struggle in their second NFL season.
In no particular order, which players may not live up to expectations?
Let me know what you all think of my picks.
2009 Stats: 60 receptions, 676 yards, 11.3 avg, 42.2 ypg, 7 TD, 11 20+, 0 fumbles
Austin Collie was just one of many young players who stepped up last season for the Colts on their way to the Super Bowl. However I have a feeling that Collie may be that odd man out this season.
It all really depends on the health of former first-round pick, Anthony Gonzalez. His injury early last season opened the door for both Collie and Pierre Garcon.
Garcon has seemed to take the edge ahead of Collie, and I would not be surprised to see him start ahead of Gonzalez this season.
So Collie is fighting for that third receiving spot, and if he doesn’t win it, I wouldn’t expect him to put up the numbers he put up last year.
2009 Stats: 155 rushes, 637 yards, 4.1 avg, 39.8 ypg, 4 TD, 1 20+, 2 fumbles
With the injury to Brian Westbrook last season, LeSean McCoy got a lot more playing time than I think the Eagles would have liked.
Philadelphia struggled to run the ball for most of last season, and I do not think McCoy is the answer again this season. McCoy is more of a scat third-down back, and I do not believe he can shoulder the load as the lead back.
The team signed veteran Mike Bell this off-season, and I would expect him to get most of the carries. Bell and FB Leonard Weaver will split in goal-line situations, and McCoy should be used more on passing downs. Either way, barring injury, I do not expect McCoy to put up anything better than what he posted last season.
2009 Stats: 247 rushes, 947 yards, 3.8 avg, 59.2 ypg, 7 TD, 2 20+, 2 fumbles
Knowshon Moreno led all rookies in rushing and almost had a 1,000 yard season. He started the season running well, and the team started 6-0. However, as the season went on and the Broncos struggled, so did Moreno.
He looked to me that he hit the rookie wall and at times seemed that he couldn’t beat out veteran Correll Buckhalter for playing time.
I was a fan of Moreno coming out of college, however, I did not see what I thought I would from him last season in Denver. With all the unrest at the quarterback position, I believe the entire team on offense will struggle and that includes Moreno.
I know Kyle Orton has been named starter; however, I believe that spot will be up in the air all season and Moreno will have a sub-par sophomore season.
2009 Stats: 60 receptions, 790 yards, 13.2 avg, 52.7 ypg, 6 TD, 12 20+, 1 fumble
I think Percy Harvin is the next Reggie Bush or Devin Hester in the NFL—in the sense that he will probably not end up being the consistent playmaker that everyone expects of him.
Both Bush and Hester have great speed and showed immense potential. Both, however, have become nothing more than decoys to their teams at this point.
Harvin did everything last season; from receiving, to rushing, to returning, and was extremely exciting to watch. My main concern is that he missed some time last season due to migraines and other illnesses. Migraines can be dangerous, and can hamper him throughout his entire career.
When he gets on the field, I believe that he will still be a great return threat. However, I see his receiving going down this year, with or without Brett Favre.
2009 Stats: 364 attempts, 195 completions, 53.8 completion percentage, 2,444 yards, 6.7 avg, 162.9 ypg, 12 TD, 20 INT, 63.0 rating
The Jets have loaded up this season with a lot of great parts that has the NFL buzzing about their potential for this season. That being said, I believe Mark Sanchez will severely underperform for New York.
I know that I might be in a minority with this thinking, considering all the weapons on offense and their stout defense seemingly getting better.
I have a feeling that the offensive line will not be as good this season, and in turn, the running game will not be there for Sanchez to lean on.
I’m not saying that he will throw 20 interceptions again this season, however, I do not see much of an improvement happening. The Jets might even make the playoffs this season, but that does not mean Sanchez is going to have a good season statistically.
I believe the Jets are set up for a fall and Sanchez is at the head of it.