NFL players carry the dreams of their fans throughout the season. These fans regard these players close to deities and place extremely high expectations to win upon them. Some fans do that for the glory of team victory, and others do it for the somewhat selfish glory of their fantasy football teams. But it’s difficult for athletes to live up to these hopes and play at a consistently high level.
Injuries are a constant detractor from success in the NFL. Players also grow older and their performance declines. Others leave one team and join another roster but struggle to adapt. Then there are the overpaid and overrated stars who just don’t deliver the goods after securing the bag. With training camp just getting underway for this year, the season is sure to contain a mix of all those archetypes. So let’s look at 50 players who won’t live up to their hype this season.
Samuel kicks off this list in an interesting spot because he doesn’t want to be in San Francisco. The wide receiver had a long holdout during the offseason, even allegedly demanding a trade, but it appears as though he’ll play in 2022. However, the resentment threatened to boil over and it remains to be seen how it affects his game.
He was one of the true breakout stars of the 2021 season but Samuel is only human. Repeating last year’s insane all-purpose production is going to be next to impossible. A controversial video emerged of the wideout refusing to sign a young boy’s ball after practice. This suggests that all isn’t well and he isn’t pleased with the way things have turned out (via CBS Sports).