The Biggest Waste of Talent From Each NFL Team in 2013

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Biggest Waste of Talent for Each NFL Team

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Wasted talents in professional sports are everywhere. There are those guys that were projected to be the next big thing and have failed considerably when trying to make a name for themselves. Not living up to expectations is the main reason for being labeled a 'wasted talent', but there are far more scenarios for this labeling to appear in. I am going to take a look at the biggest waste of talents in the NFL for the 2013 season.

First of all, if a player is expected to excel on a certain team and he never lives up to the expectations because of poor performance or a non-caring attitude, then he is a wasted talent. There's nothing more frustrating than using a top pick on a guy, signing a guy or trading for an athlete just to see them struggle and contribute next to nothing for toward your favorite team's success.

The next scenario that a wasted talent can come about is if a team drafts, signs or trades for a player and under-utilizes him. Watching your team draft a talented wide out that has all the potential in the world and not playing him has to be such a disappointment.

Lastly, if a player hasn't been used as much as he should have been because of injuries or underperformance. Just because a player has struggled, teams need to look at past results and base what they have the potential to do on those. There are a handful of top talents this season that have struggled because of the team surrounding them and it has nothing to do with their own personal struggles.

Take a look at my list of each NFL team's biggest waste of talent -- whether it's the player's fault or not -- for the 2013 season -- and no, rookies aren't exempt from being added to the list. Again, the season isn't over, so let's hope these guys prove me wrong. Let me know who I've missed.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice

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Ray Rice has underperformed more than any running back in the league this season, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. This guy has all the talent in the world, but has fallen off considerably.

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Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert

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Okay, so Eifert isn't playing terribly in his rookie year, but he has the tendency to disappear in some games and he's far too talented of a tight end for that.

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Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo

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Mingo is one of the best young defensive linemen in the league, but he is not given the playing time he deserves. When he has played, he has been phenomenal, racking up 23 tackles and four sacks.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones

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As a first round pick out of Georgia, Jones was expected to be the next big linebacker for the Steelers. He has not lived up to expectations, failing to stay healthy and underperforming when given a chance to play. He has just 22 tackles and one sack this season.

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Houston Texans: DeVier Posey

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DeVier Posey is a very talented wide receiver and could be a solid No. 3 option behind Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, but has severely underperformed. It's hard to count on a guy who has just 12 catches in nine games.

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Indianapolis Colts: Trent Richardson

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Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts from the Browns because Indianapolis believed he could give the team the extra rushing attack they needed. However, he hasn't panned out yet, averaging just three yards per carry even though he's supremely talented.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon

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Blackmon just can't stay out of trouble and that's too bad seeing as he could be a force in the receiving game for the Jaguars.

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Tennessee Titans: Delanie Walker

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Walker was considered one of the best free agent tight ends during the offseason and it looked like the Titans were going to get a star, but he hasn't panned out yet other than his four touchdowns. This guy can be the real deal, but hasn't shown it yet.

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Buffalo Bills: Jairus Byrd

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Byrd held out for a new deal in the offseason for a long time and it just seems like he's not invested in playing hard for the Bills. It's a shame because this guy could be really good.

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Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace was one of those guys that was supposed to make an instant impact on his new team this season, but the Dolphins are seeing a shell of what Wallace used to be in Pittsburgh at wide out.

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New England Patriots: Danny Amendola

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Sure, Amendola has had two 100-yard games this season, but the wide out was supposed to be the next Wes Welker and he can't even stay healthy enough to earn that distinction. Those two 100-yard performances were his only solid games of the 2013 year.

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New York Jets: Dee Milliner

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Talk about a guy with all the potential in the world not panning out so far. As the top cornerback chosen in the 2013 NFL Draft, big things were expected from him, but he has done nothing but struggle in his first season.

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Denver Broncos: Montee Ball

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Ball was supposed to come in and contribute right away, but fumbling issues costed him some extended playing time.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe

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Dwayne Bowe just had a run-in with the law for speeding and possessing marijuana, but that's not the only disappointment he has caused this season -- just check his stats as the "No. 1" receiver.

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Oakland Raiders: Juron Criner

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Although he isn't a big name, Criner was supposed to be a top receiver for the Raiders, but has failed to stay healthy and his talent is being wasted on the injured reserves list.

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San Diego Chargers: Manti Te'o

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As a second round pick, Te'o was expected to be one of the top linebackers in the draft, but he has underperformed after his injury. He's recorded just 24 tackles in six starts. After his college career, if I would have told you he would have 24 tackles through the first 10 weeks, you would have called me crazy.

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Chicago Bears: Michael Bush

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Michael Bush is one of the best backup running backs in the NFL, but doesn't get a chance to play because he plays behind Matt Forte.

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Detroit Lions: Mikel Leshoure

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Leshoure was the Lions' second round pick two years ago, but the running back just can't stay healthy and with Reggie Bush in place, he will have to find a new home soon -- he has nine rushing yards this season on two carries.

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Green Bay Packers: James Starks

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Starks has been great this season -- when he plays. It's too bad the Packers are placing full confidence in Eddie Lacy because Starks has been too talented not to at least split carries.

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Minnesota Vikings: Greg Jennings

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Talk about a guy who's been under-utilized. Jennings was once one of the best receivers in the NFL, but he doesn't have a quarterback who can throw to him this season.

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Atlanta Falcons: Steven Jackson

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Jackson is just 30 years old, but he's been placed on the "past his prime" list after an extremely poor waste of talent type season in 2013. He has struggled to stay healthy and has been everything the Falcons didn't want him to be -- unreliable.

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Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Stewart

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When healthy and given a chance, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams can be the best running back duo in football. However, Stewart has only played in two games this season and rushed for under 100 yards. He needs to be given more of a chance in the coming weeks.

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New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram

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Ingram was thought to be the most talented running back in the draft when he came out a few years ago, but his talent seems to be wasted with a team that doesn't utilize it. They did in week 10 and he rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darrelle Revis

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Revis island may not be as big anymore as the Buccaneers have been playing a zone defense instead of letting Revis excel at what he's best at -- man coverage.

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Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray

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Murray can be a top-five back in this league, but he is not used nearly enough in the Cowboys' pass-heavy offense.

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New York Giants: David Wilson

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Wilson might be the best injured talent to be done for the year as he was expected to be the top back for the Giants. He had underperformed and didn't play as much because of his inability to hold onto the ball.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick

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Michael Vick might be the most disappointing player in the league this season. He has not been his electric self and all of his talent has been wasted.

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Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins

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Probably the best backup quarterback in the NFL sitting on the bench behind Robert Griffin III?I think it's time to trade Cousins and give him a chance at starting for another team.

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Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald just needs a solid quarterback to throw to him because without that, he's not being used like he should.

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San Francisco 49ers: LaMichael James

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LaMichael James was an electric running back in college but has barely seen the field in the NFL. This guy could have been the next big thing, but hasn't lived up to expectations.

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Seattle Seahawks: Percy Harvin

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As an oft-injured wide out, Harvin could be dominant if he stays healthy. Problem is, that is almost too much to ask for.

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St. Louis Rams: Jared Cook

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After a great start to the season, the talented tight end has disappeared. Falling off the map after an electric start to the season and all the talent an NFL tight end should have isn't easy, but he makes it look pretty simple.


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