Dishonorable Mention: Tony Fields, Demetric Felton, David Bell
So right now, these are the players who are most likely to be decreed as “bad” players when it’s all said and done but are not yet able to be declared as such, yet. These are the players who are heading that way and may one day find themselves with that designation fully earned.
The first is safety/linebacker hybrid Tony Fields, a product of the 2011 NFL Draft. Through two seasons he’s had six starts, played in 27 games total, and has 52 career tackles to his name. He’s not been given a lot of opportunities, as he barely played in 2021 and in 2022 he didn’t play great. PFF gave him an overall grade of 50.0, with a run defense score of 50.1 and a coverage score of 54.7. He’s not a starter, but he may not be someone you cut just yet.
Demetric Felton had a solid 2021 as a rookie, all things considered. He had 205 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, all while being the third running back or fifth receiver. PFF agreed and gave him a score of 78.1 overall. Mainly leaning on his receiving skills. In 2022, with a lack of receivers to rely on, Felton only played in half the games as he did as a rookie. His targets fell from 21 to 4, and he put up just four yards from scrimmage. No wonder PFFgraded him out with 50s across the board.
David Bell is the furthest away from flopping in this portion of the list, but keep in mind he and Felton put up the same type of grades (50s+) and was a much higher draft pick. Felton was a sixth-rounder, Bell a third. 200 yards in a season are acceptable for a sixth-rounder, it’s not from a third-rounder. Bell put up nine more yards from scrimmage in 2022 than Felton did in 2021, (214 to 209) but didn’t score once. If Felton is someone fans have already lost hope in, Bell should be on the same list, as he struggled just as much as a rookie.
Bell may be able to overcome a bad rookie year, but that’s got to start in 2023.