The 5 Worst Players on the 2014 New England Patriots Roster

The 5 Worst Players on the 2014 New England Patriots Roster

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The New England Patriots are often thought of as the epitome of NFL greatness and how to properly run an NFL team. However, they are not perfect and have overachieved in recent years, thanks in large part to Tom Brady’s brilliance. Like most franchises, they have their fair share of players who are either overrated, overpaid or simply do not belong. With that said, here are the five worst players currently on the 2014 New England Patriots roster.

5. Rob Gronkowski

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5. Rob Gronkowski

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This is like playing with Semtex, but it’s true. He is the ultimate “IF” player, which is a problem and he is probably the worst contractual investment in Patriots history. He started 16 games once, in 2011, and since then has been an injury nightmare. The other problem is people believe he is the offense's savior and Tom Brady forces him the ball when he is playing, thus making the offense predictably one-dimensional.

4. Brandon LaFell

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4. Brandon LaFell

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For whatever reason, signing LaFell sent Patriots fans into Super Bowl mania as if he was the answer to the team’s woes at WR. Even the injured Danny Amendola has similar numbers to LaFell, who is at best a No. 3 WR who likes to drop passes. Since 2010, he’s started 16 games once, and his highest totals are 49 receptions, 677 receiving yards and five touchdowns. People need to pump the brakes.

3. Danny Amendola

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3. Danny Amendola

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He is the poster child for injured reserve. He was supposed to replace Wes Welker but instead made honest fans bitter at Bill Belichick’s disloyal incompetence. He’s never started 16 games, had 100 receptions, 1000 receiving yards or caught more than three touchdowns in a season. For $ 28 million, the Patriots got a part-time WR who spends more time in the hospital than he does catching passes from Tom Brady.

2. Patrick Chung

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2. Patrick Chung

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I still blame Chung for the playoff loss to the New York Jets in 2011 when he thought a fake punt was a good idea. It’s the same game where Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez finished with a 127.3 passer rating because Chung and Kyle Arrington are such quality players. He was so awful the team got rid of him once. His best season was 2010, and since then he has just three interceptions and never started more than 10 games.

1. Kyle Arrington

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1. Kyle Arrington

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Arrington is a polarizing player with adamant defenders and critics, and I’m a critic. He isn’t capable of playing anything but slot CB and he’s below average at that. He never warranted the four-year, $ 16 million contract he received, and since the 2011 season his production has only declined. At best Arrington is a special teams player who only looks good because everyone else around him is worse than he is.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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