NFL Preview: 10 Rookies Doomed to Fail This Season
This NFL preseason is severely different from most. The NFL lockout recently came to an end, which is normally good news.
The rookies, however, are at a disadvantage. While veterans got more time to rest, rookies are playing catchup.
They're learning their new playbooks, getting in regular season shape, while fighting for a spot on their respective depth rosters.
Not an easy task.
With all that in mind, here are 10 rookies doomed to fail this season.
I love Andy Dalton as a prospect, but playing for the Cincinnati Bengals isn't an ideal job.
Ask Carson Palmer, Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco if you don't believe me.
He has a great weapon in wide receiver A.J. Greene, but the Bengals were 4-12 last season.
The Bengals can win a few more games this season, but the playoffs are completely out of the question.
The Kansas City Chiefs love running the ball (first in the league with 164.2 yards PPG), so don't except Jonathan Baldwin to make too much noise this season.
Baldwin is 6'5", so except him to see some red-zone love, but Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston are going to see most of the yards on this Chiefs team.
Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh will be every NFL quarterbacks' nightmare sooner or later.
Fairleys' recent foot injury makes it look like later.
Fairley's ceiling is extremely high, but his attitude and work ethic have be questioned. A player needs the right mindset to have a long, productive career in the NFL.
While Fairley will most likely be back by Week 1, missing all that valuable playing time will hurt him in the end.
Terrelle Pryor has almost no shot of having a successful rookie campaign.
He's playing for the Oakland Raiders, banned for the first five games of the NFL season, and he doesn't know what position he'll ultimately up playing.
Jason Campbell doesn't exactly turn heads at the quarterback position, but Pryor is a project in himself.
While Pryor has a shot of playing QB for the Raiders, it's not a good one.
I love, love Mark Ingram.
I think he should've opted for the NFL draft last year, but he landed in a good team in the New Orleans Saints.
While the Saints are a good team, they love sharing their backfield. It's a rough road moving up the depth chart with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles taking your touches.
While Ingram may produce a solid year, he won't put up the numbers he could produce elsewhere.
Concussions can end careers. A concussion against the Denver Bronco's could end Johnny Whites' career before it starts.
Even without the concussion, White was behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the depth chart.
I'm not a fan of rookie middle linebackers, and Casey Matthews is no exception.
He comes from high pedigree being a Matthews, and his brother Clay Matthews just won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, but the Philadelphia Eagles are relying heavily on their secondary.
The middle linebacker is supposed to be a team's quarterback on defense. And just like any quarterback on offense, leading a stacked Eagles secondary is going to be tough for a rookie.
Roy Helu is another case of "crowded backfield."
Between the recent acquisition of Tim Hightower for the Arizona Cardinals and Evan Roysters' recent preseason performance (66 yards on 15 carries) Helu could be the third option on the Washigton Redskins' backfield.
Being a poor blocker doesn't help Helu's case either.
It pains me to see this as a New York Giants fan, but this just isn't a good situation for a rookie cornerback.
With Terrell Thomas and Brian Witherspoon both suffering injuries, the expectations for Prince Amukamara just got a lot heavier.
Amukamara initially held out over the amount of guaranteed money for his rookie contract and missed most of the first week of practice.
When he finally did hit the practice field, he got injured that same day.
While Amukamara is a special talent, rushing him back on the field could be costly.
Rookie punters are always a huge gamble.
Undrafted rookie punters are even worst.
While he was drafted, rookie punter Matt Dodge single-handely crippled the New York Giants career on a punt gone wrong in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chas Henry has a shot to succeed on this revamped Eagles team. I just wouldn't bet on it.