5 NFL Stars Who Have Been Disappointments This Season

Star players in the NFL often have sky-high expectations. If Aaron Rodgers throws for only 230 yards, it looks like a "down" game. But this list isn't for players who slightly underachieve. This is for those who been massive disappointments and completely ate the bones. Players who have missed significant time with an injury are exempt. That's why players like Dez Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger weren't considered. With that in mind, here are Five Star Players Who Have Been Complete Disappointments This Season

Matt Stafford, QB, Lions

Stafford isn't totally to blame for the Lions' struggles, but he hasn't been a huge help either. He's thrown 11 INTs, the third most in the NFL, against 13 TDs. Seven of those TDs came against the last three games. The Lions can't run the ball, which is putting an unfair burden on Stafford, but it doesn't excuse his poor play so far. Stafford simply needs to find a way to win games. Making matters worse, there are reports Stafford's future with the team is unclear

Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins 

Morris has lost a significant amount of his carries to rookie Matt Jones. Morris hasn't eclipsed 62 yards since Week 1 and has yet to score this season. He is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. After three straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards, Morris is on pace to barely top 600 yards rushing. 

Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

Lacy has battled injuries, but he's still been a complete disappointment this season. He's lost his starting job to James Starks, as Starks has outplayed Lacy. He claims the ankle injury isn't to blame and says he's not overweight. Whatever the reason, the end result is the same. Lacy has not been a productive RB this season and has just 308 yards this year. Heck, Morris is on pace to outgain him. Lacy needs to figure out what's wrong fast, or his season is going to be a total disaster. 

Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

Manning is a clear choice for this list. He has the worst touchdown-to-interception ratio in the NFL, with 13 picks and 9 TDs. He's on pace for his worst season since his rookie year. He simply doesn't look like the QB he once was. He's not making accurate throws and the Broncos have won in spite of Manning this season. It's fair to wonder if Manning won't improve his play this year and will only continue to decline.  

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

It was only a few seasons ago that Kaepernick was a pass away from being a Super Bowl-winning QB. Instead, he's now on the bench in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Ouch. That's an incredible fall from grace.  

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