The NFL's 12 Most Turnover-Prone Players
Several players around the NFL have a stigma against them. There are those who lack toughness, those who lack intelligence and those who are injury-prone.
Another negative description towards those in pro football is the unfortunate reputation of being prone to turning the ball over.
Here are 12 players who have a tendency to be overly charitable on the football field.
Rex Grossman hasn't been able to add to his bevy of mistakes at the quarterback position in the last two weeks since John Beck has captured the starting role from him.
The reason Beck is now the main man behind center for the Washington Redskins is Grossman's inaccuracy against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rex threw four picks in that 20-13 loss and was booed constantly before being benched prior to the start of the fourth period.
Grossman has nine INTs this season. If he kept playing, it would have put him on pace to break his personal record of 20 set back in 2006, when he was a member of the Chicago Bears. In that same year, he fumbled eight times.
Despite his misdoings, the Bears reached the Super Bowl.
The TD-INT ratio for Matt Cassel has taken a roller-coaster ride.
Upon taking over for the great Tom Brady as signal-caller of the New England Patriots in 2008, the former USC backup tossed 21 touchdowns and was picked off 11 times.
His first year in Kansas City saw Cassel even out at 16 apiece.
In 2010, he led the Chiefs to the playoffs with 27 TDs to just six INTs. Cassel has regressed slightly in 2011 with nine scoring throws and nine throws to the opposition.
As for his ability to hold on to the football, he's had some difficulty there as well. This was especially true in '09, when he had 14 fumbles.
There's no doubt that Michael Vick is one of the most electric players in the NFL. However, his ability to run the football also comes with vulnerability—not just for his health, but for his security with the pigskin as well.
Vick has lost three of his eight fumbles in 2011, equaling the number he relinquished last season. He has also thrown nine interceptions (six in '10).
But his Philadelphia days are tame compared to his feast-or-famine times with Atlanta. From 2004 through 2006, Vick had 38 picks along with 15 lost fumbles. Despite those gaudy turnover numbers, he always had a higher number in the touchdown category.
The second-year player out of the University of Oklahoma leads all quarterbacks this season in terms of fumbles lost with four. That's despite not playing in two of the Rams' past three contests.
He's kept his interception rate down in his sophomore campaign. Sam Bradford's rookie season, one that can be classified as impressive, saw 15 picks along with 18 touchdowns.
As we just saw with Bradford, it's typical for young quarterbacks to be vulnerable to mistakes in their early days of professional football.
Colt McCoy is no different.
The 2011 season is his second as the Cleveland Browns signal-caller. It hasn't been as much of an improvement over the first. He has coughed up the ball eight times, and the opposing team recovered two of them.
Defenses have also taken advantage of McCoy's youth when throwing the ball. In 16 games, the Browns QB has 15 INTs.
He's by far the best option on offense for the Jaguars. That said, with the rewards also come the risks.
Maurice Jones-Drew is on pace for his third straight season of at least 1,000 yards rushing but is also on pace to eclipse his single-season high in fumbles. He's matched the six he fumbled in 2008.
His biggest case of butterfingers this year came in Week 7, when he let three get away in Jacksonville's upset of the Baltimore Ravens.
Tim Hightower's departure for the rest of the season due to injury severely hampers the Redskins' already inept offense. That's certainly been seen in their last two performances.
Up to the time of his physical ailment, Hightower had rushed for 321 yards and one touchdown in five games. The fact that he had no fumbles also showed that he had great ball security.
That was a significant improvement from the past two years, when he coughed up four apiece in each campaign as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Philip Rivers' propensity to become a turnover-prone quarterback is fairly recent. He was the league's best passer in 2010 with 4,710 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. After eight games in 2011, he leads the league in picks (14) and has 10 TD tosses.
What's worse, he's also fumbled seven times and lost three of them. It's safe to say he is underperforming, as the Chargers have gone from 4-1 to 4-4.
Eli Manning, the man Rivers was traded for in the 2004 NFL draft, is having a far better go of it in 2011.
He has been the victim of six interceptions this season, which is a far lower output than he's done since joining the league.
The younger Manning threw 55 picks in his first three full seasons as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. But his high-water mark came when he gave 25 away to the other team via the air in 2010. Manning has also had two seasons (2007 and 2009) in which he fumbled on 13 occasions.
When you throw the ball as often as Drew Brees does in the prolific Saints offense, you're bound to have a few more mistakes than most other quarterbacks.
Brees has already eclipsed 3,000 yards passing and has already been picked off 11 times. His career high, however, came last year, when he had 22 INTs.
In nine of his 11 seasons in the NFL, Brees has had at least 10 interceptions.
The best news for Jets fans hoping to see growth from their young quarterback is that Mark Sanchez has decreased his number of interceptions.
His rookie year saw 20 INTs, while 2010 resulted in 13 more. Sanchez has seven to his name so far in 2011, and it appears he is becoming a slightly more mature decision-maker.
The one area of improvement appears to be his ability to hold on to the football. Some alterations to the offensive line have caused a poor pass rush and therefore more likelihood of fumbling. That's been the case when you look at the stat line. Sanchez has lost five fumbles this season.
New York's other team has a player who is accustomed to being loose with the ball. The Giants' main man in the backfield has had 16 fumbles in four-and-a-half years.
The most prevalent fumble-fest came last season, when he coughed it up seven times and lost six of them. But having scored 21 times and averaged 4.5 yards a carry since the start of the 2008 campaign, Bradshaw is worth the slight risk.