NFL Rookies Stuck In Bad Situations

By Eric Wagner
August 15, 2014 11:43 pm
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Players are often picked to fill holes, but players are oftentimes thrown into an unfavorable circumstance. Johnthan Banks, the Buccaneers' 2013 second-round pick, was counted on to to start from the get-go. While he has plenty of potential, he was not ready to start right away, and struggled for most of the year. Without the pieces around them, even the most talented rookies will have trouble.

Some players do not even get to start because the position is not (yet) a weakness. Multiple first-round picks from last year did not start, including Dion Jordan, the third player taken in the draft.

Which players from the 2014 NFL Draft are in a bad situation for their rookie year?

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4 weeks ago
Eric... here is your first lesson in writing. The topic is a good one. but when it comes to the Jaguars, the facts aren't all there. The defense is really good. Bortles is challenging for a starting spot but will not play this season, per management. Lee will start opposite Cecil Shorts and Robinson will be the team's third wide out. The Jags are expected to win seven games this season, so how is that a bad situation?
4 weeks ago

Blake Bortles is not expected to start immediately, but it is likely that he receive extensive playing time. Nowadays, the first three receivers are considered starters, so Robinson is a starter. The defense has some talent, most notably in the secondary, but until they prove otherwise, they are below average.

Thanks for the information! I have no seen many people predict the Jaguars to win that many games, though. After further looking into it, three sites have them at 6-10, while two have them at fourth in the division. There are two (including you) that have given them seven or eight wins. I would project them to finish with four to six wins, with at least three of those coming from divisional games.

They have a lot of potential, but they have a shaky offensive line and defensive front seven. Those two areas could keep them from finishing above 6-10.
4 weeks ago

I appreciate the article, Eric. I cover the Jaguars daily. Bortles looks good, but he si not projected to play this season
4 weeks ago
I think the Jags can get 7 wins this year, especially with how weak the division is. Colts runaway with the South and the Jags finish in 2nd place with 7 wins......8 if everything goes right. I think 2015 they are a playoff team. Gus Bradley is a great coach (Seahawks fan here I can attest) he will bring a lot of what he took from Pete Carrol and build a hard nosed, physical team. The AFC is soft compared to the NFC and the Jags may be one of the teams in the conference to adapt to less of a finesse game.

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