Every season NFL football players join new teams. In week 1, the most exciting rookies step out onto the pro field for the first time. There are also the established veterans who have joined a new franchise and look to make an impact elsewhere. But over the years, many potential stars tanked in their debuts.
Today we’re going to look at 30 rookie and established stars who didn’t play well during their NFL debuts. Many rookies struggle to get to grips with the pace and power of the NFL when they start. Furthermore, older players sometimes can’t adapt to a new playbook after joining another franchise. Check out our list below via The Sportster.
30. Jadeveon Clowney (2014)
The Houston Texans used the first overall pick before the 2014 season on Clowney to the excitement of their fans. But they barely saw him throughout his rookie season, as he only made four appearances. After starring for South Carolina, there were high hopes for the defensive end. But he had a miserable start to life in the NFL after he tore his meniscus in his first appearance.
Fans were already ready to write him off as a bust and believe he tanked. However, he slowly sparked into life. Clowney improved every season and produced his best season statistically in 2017 (via Sports Illustrated). After five seasons in Houston, he escaped for pastures anew and joined the Seahawks before a season with the Titans.