Next up we have the players who came in and became starters and did alright in their roles, unlike the high-priced free agents and drafted rookies before them. The expectations were lower for these players and they still outperformed them.
8. Seneca Wallace (7)
Seneca Wallace is one of my favorite players of all time. Simply from his days at Iowa State alone, where he had one of the greatest runs in the history of college football. Wallace started as a backup to Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle, before eventually joining the Cleveland Browns for two seasons.
He was originally the backup, but over the two seasons did start seven games. He went 1-6 in those games but did put up 1,261 yards passing, with six touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 57% of his passes. If Wallace was in a system during his career that utilized his legs as much as his arm, Wallace could’ve had even more impressive stats across the board.
7. Josh McCown (11)
Only Cleveland and Tampa Bay can they had both McCown brothers on their roster. Josh McCown left Tampa to come to Cleveland, while his younger brother Luke left Cleveland to go to Tampa. Funny how that works out. The elder McCown was at times a godsend in the 2015 season. If it wasn’t for the coaching change in 2016, and the team’s desire to see what they had in Johnny Manziel (’15) and Robert Griffin/Cody Kessler (’16), McCown would’ve won more games and had better stats.
All in all, he was 1-10 as a starter, while completing 60% of his passes, for 3,209 yards, with 18 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. Had he played an entire season, he could’ve had nearly 4,000 yards passing and at least 25 touchdowns. That’s pretty damn respectable stats, even if we don’t adjust them from 11 to 16 games. McCown deserved better than what he got in Cleveland.