When it comes to the offensive side of the ball, the wide receiver spot is without a doubt the position that sees the most legitimate, and unquestioned NFL busts.
Every year, younger and more athletic players enter the NFL ranks as wide-outs, making it crucial for newcomers to make an impact on their respective squad immediately. If a top-round pick NFL wide receiver fails to produce within his first few years, he will be pushed aside and forgotten about.
And unfortunately for WR Arrelious Benn, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the window for him to succeed is quickly shutting. Benn did next-to-nothing for the Bucs over the past three seasons, amassing a total of just 862 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, so they decided to ship him off to the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season in exchange for late-round draft picks.
Benn was a can’t-miss prospect at the University of Illinois and was expected to do damage in a big way with Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, an NFL newbie himself. But instead, Benn has been completely overshadowed and outplayed by WR Mike Williams, who was also drafted in 2010, two rounds later than Benn.
Now with the Eagles, Benn enters into a crowded battle for the Birds’ number 3 wide-out spot, with WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin holding the starting nods. Eagles WRs Damaris Johnson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Ifeanyi Momah will be among Benn’s opponents for playing time.
If Benn is able to somehow rediscover his once outstanding abilities with the Eagles, he could possibly get another chance at a lengthy professional career.
But it is much more likely that Benn quickly becomes invisible among the Eagles’ receivers, and falls into the unfortunate, endless sink-hole of NFL busts.