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Who Is the Most Disappointing Player in the NFL in the 2016-2017 Season?

Updated June 17, 2019 8.1k votes 335 voters 2.1k views46 items

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As the 2016-2017 NFL regular season comes to a close, fans are either happy with how their teams did or extremely disappointed with some of their favorite players. Every year, Super Bowl dreams are crushed because of season-ending injuries, bad luck, and of course, disappointing players. Whether it's a top prospect not meeting expectations or last year's MVP letting his team down, this list of the most disappointing NFL players in 2016-2017 includes a mixed bag of trophy winners, first-round picks, and even all-time greats. 

2015 MVP Cam Newton was expected to lead his Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl again, but due to a major drop in his accuracy, last year's NFC champions did not even make the playoffs. Other disappointing quarterbacks include the Houston Texans' Brock Osweiler, who had more interceptions than touchdown passes, and the Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles, whose stats heavily regressed in 2016.

Vote up who you think was the most disappointing player in the NFL in the 2016-2017 season. The list features the Dallas Cowboys' injury-prone quarterback Tony Romo, 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley, and the Arizona Cardinals' aging QB Carson Palmer. If you were let down by any of these NFL players who didn't live up to the hype in 2016, vote them up and hope they don't end up on this list next season. 

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    Cam Newton

    Carolina Panthers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age26

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  • Colin Kaepernick2
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    Colin Kaepernick

    Nevada Wolf Pack football, San Francisco 49ers

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Age28

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  • Brock Osweiler3
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    Brock Osweiler

    Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceKalispell, Montana

    Age29

  • Todd Gurley4
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    Todd Gurley

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    Age26

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick5
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    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Miami Dolphins

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceGilbert, Arizona

    Age33

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  • Darrelle Revis6
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    Darrelle Revis

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Panthers football

    PositionCornerback

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Age35

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  • Jay Cutler7
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    Jay Cutler

    Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCarter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana

    Age32

  • Robert Griffin III8
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    Robert Griffin III

    Washington Redskins, Baylor Bears football

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceOkinawa Prefecture, Japan

    Age25

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  • Eddie Lacy9
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    Eddie Lacy

    Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceGretna, Louisiana

    Age30

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  • Carson Palmer10
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    Carson Palmer

    Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceFresno, California, United States of America

    Age40

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    #76 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#379 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Andy Dalton11
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    Andy Dalton

    Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceKaty, Texas

    Age28

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  • Russell Wilson12
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    Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Age27

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  • Blake Bortles13
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    Blake Bortles

    Los Angeles Rams

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceAltamonte, Florida, United States of America

    Age28

  • Joe Flacco14
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    Joe Flacco

    Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceAudubon, New Jersey

    Age30

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  • Dez Bryant15
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    Dez Bryant

  • Tony Romo16
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    Tony Romo

    Dallas Cowboys

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Age35

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  • Andrew Luck17
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    Andrew Luck

    Indianapolis Colts

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Age26

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  • Jeremy Hill18
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    Jeremy Hill

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  • Alshon Jeffery19
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    Alshon Jeffery

    Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceSt. Matthews, South Carolina

    Age30

  • DeAndre Hopkins20
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    DeAndre Hopkins

    Arizona Cardinals

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceCentral, South Carolina

    Age23

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  • Philip Rivers21
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    Philip Rivers

    Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts

    PositionQuarterback

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Age38

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  • Matt Jones22
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    Matt Jones

  • Jeremy Maclin23
    50
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    Jeremy Maclin

    Missouri Tigers football, Philadelphia Eagles

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Age32

  • Doug Martin24
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    77

    Doug Martin

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    PositionRunning back

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Age31

  • Torrey Smith25
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    Torrey Smith

    Maryland Terrapins football, Baltimore Ravens

    PositionWide receiver

    BirthplaceColonial Beach, Virginia

    Age31