We all can imagine how great it must be to be the best player on the elite teams in the NFL. What does it feel like to be the best of the worst? I'm sure this thought has never crossed your mind so let's look into the 5 best players on the 5 worst teams in the NFL. I think it is safe to argue that Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Buffalo, and St. Louis are the 5 worst teams entering 2010.
As if Cleveland doesn't have enough going wrong they are probably the fifth worst team in the league. At least there is the consistency provided to them through the services of Joe Thomas at Left Tackle. He has anchored the offensive line and started every game since being drafted 3rd overall by the Browns in 2007. He has also been a Pro Bowler all 3 years of his career.
Barrett Ruud is the face of the future of the Buccaneers defense. Long gone are the days of Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and John Lynch. Although Ronde Barber is still on the squad his career is coming to a close as well. Barrett has been instrumental in the Bucs defense since he was selected in the second round of the 2005 draft. He is entering his 3rd year as a full-time starter and is looking to gain on his 142 tackles last season.
As horrible as the Lions have been Calvin Johnson has been one of the few glimpses of hope. Breaking the curse of Lions WR draft picks he has had 3 productive seasons since being selected 2nd overall by Detroit. His sophomore season was a breakout season where he gained 1331 yards. With Matthew Stafford entering year 2, Calvin should be poised to make his first Pro Bowl.
You know you are in a sad state of affairs when your punter is the best player on your team. This is the case with the Buffalo Bills. No player on the Bills roster has been more consistent than Brian. He is a 2 time Pro Bowl selection, has one of the largest fan followings of any current Bills player, and was selected last year as part of the Bills 50th Anniversary Team. How many punters have their jersey available for sale on the team's store?
In a few years expect CJ Spiller to take the crown but for now its the Punter and his "Moormanators" supporting him.
And the title of the Best Player on the Worst Team goes to Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have 99 problems but Steven Jackson ain't one. With the exception of his rookie season the former 24th overall pick has gained over 1,000 yards every season. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the top Running Backs in the NFL.
Even though his real team is a disaster, at least he can make someone's fantasy team a champion.