5 Impressive NFL Rookies Who Will Have Sophomore Slumps in 2013
5 Impressive Rookies Headed For Sophomore Slumps
The 2012 NFL season quickly became a rookie quarterback sensation, as Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck burst onto the scene, each leading their teams to berths within the playoffs.
However, the tables are turning to year number two and it's not just about the quarterbacks -- we saw some impressive marks set by receivers, running backs and players on the defensive side of the football, as well. Yet, who amongst last year's impressive rookie class is headed for a sophomore slump?
We remember the breakout season that Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton had in 2011 -- yea, well it's certainly safe to say that his second season in the blue, black and silver was not nearly as impressive. Teams figure out players quickly and this year will be no different for some of the top rookies from 2012.
Without further ado, let's dive into five impressive rookies from a year ago who are headed for sophomore slumps this upcoming season.
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No. 5- Alfred Morris
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris had an incredible rookie season and it didn't take too long for the organization to realize that they got a steal in this 2012 selection. Morris is the least of these five mentions to be headed for a sophomore slump, but it's going to be tough for him to duplicate a year in which he ran for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns. People know who Morris is now.
No. 4- Doug Martin
Doug Martin had a fantastic rookie season, but like Morris, he faces an increasing amount of pressure here in 2013. Can Martin duplicate a year in which he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns? It's going to be difficult, especially considering defenses would be more wary of making Josh Freeman throw the football instead of having Martin run all over them.
No. 3- Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon had an exceptional rookie season with the Cleveland Browns, catching 50 balls for 805 yards and five touchdowns. However, Gordon got in trouble this off-season, failing a drug test and in turn, he was handed a two-game suspension. The season will begin on the sidelines for Gordon here in 2013, so who knows how he will respond once he takes the field.
No. 2- Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III burst onto the scene last year, but the main reason that he is included on this list is his torn ACL. Oh, of course RG III has looked great in the days leading into the team's summer workouts, but we won't know how effective he is going to be until he actually takes the field in a live game scenario. At this point, that very well could be Week 1 -- so will the injury slow Griffin here in 2013? It's quite possible.
No. 1- Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson burst onto the scene a season ago after "beating" the Green Bay Packers in that whole replacement referee fiasco. He led the Seattle Seahawks to a playoff appearance in 2012 and he has tons of talent around him heading into this upcoming season. With that being said, it's going to be difficult for Wilson to duplicate a year in which he earned Rookie of the Year honors in the NFL.