With the NFL finally underway, it's time to look at the top five guys who busted out and failed to live up to their off-season hype during week one:
No.5 - Trent Richardson - Cleveland Browns
It should be clear to most NFL fans now that Brandon Weeden is not the quarterback to lead the Browns into the post-season but with a running back like Trent Richardson they stand a chance. The coaches, however, don't seem to recognise that.
Richardson saw only 13 carries on Sunday and could only get 47 yards. The fault can't be laid solely at Richardson's feet but for a second-year back who has been likened to Adrian Peterson, it's a bad day and a let down to all the fans who came out to watch some flashy plays.
Number 4 - Zach Sudfeld - New England Patriots
Zach Sudfeld was a name that popped up everywhere late last week. The 23-year-old undrafted rookie was hotly-tipped to step up and fill the hole in the Patriots TE spot that had been vacated by another Rob Gronkowski injury and Aaron Hernandez's Tony Soprano-esque off-season revelations.
So maybe the bar was raised slightly too high for the young man but, all the same, he disappointed experts and fantasy football players alike as he went missing in action on the the field.
It later turned out that he'd injured his hamstring early in the game but the hype that had been up around him over the weekend was shattered by his absence from the field.
Number 3 - Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
In the off-season Mike Wallace cashed in on a successful few years in Pittsburgh and signed a huge five-year, $60 million ($27 guaranteed) contract with the Miami Dolphins. With that in mind, when the season finally rolled around, you can't be mad at Dolphins fans for expecting some sort of performance from Wallace.
He finished this weekend with one pass for 15 yards, while his team-mate Brian Hartline caught nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, all while earning almost half of what Wallace earns.
Then Wallace refused interviews, saying only: "I don't want to talk. I don't feel like talking about it. Ask coach. It's not my game plan."
The only plus side to Wallace's game was the double coverage/attention of shutdown cornerback Joe Haden, that he pulled onto himself. However, if this is all Wallace can offer, then he's going to have a hard time justifying that paycheck.
Number 2 - Stevan Ridley - New England Patriots
Another Patriot on this list is Stevan Ridley. The third-year running back was one of the few main features of the Patriots to crossover from last season as they underwent a huge offensive makeover.
When missing both TEs, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd getting cut and Deion Branch retiring, a lot of people predicted New England would look towards their running game more at the start of the season.
So when the Patriots, and more so head coach Bill Belichick, call on you, you shouldn't screw up. Unfortunately for Ridley, he did just that, amassing a total of 46 yards before he fumbled the ball and was sat.
His replacement, Shane Veeren, went off for 101 yards on 14 carries and caught seven passes for 58 yards. Veeren didn't waste his opportunity like Ridley had. Fortunately for Ridley, he'll get a second chance next weekend as Veeren is out with a wrist injury but if he drops the ball this time, expect the same treatment as last week.
Number 1 - David Wilson (New York Giants)
For a while in the pre-season, Wilson was vying to be the number one and although he lost out on the job, he was expected to feature in the Giants' offence at several points in games. Then the Giants' starting RB, Andre Brown, fractured his left leg and Wilson was the starting man. Giants fans didn't seem to mind, how bad could it be if he was considered for the starting role?
Then the game against the Cowboys came around and Wilson fumbled twice (two of six on the day for the Giants) and was benched with a grand total of 19 yards - most of those coming on a 13-yard run.
Now the Giants are supposedly looking around the free-agency at Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and others as a potential filler until Brown's potential return in Week 10.
Sure Wilson's hype wasn't as big as some others on this list but with the team actively looking to fill your spot, he'll be thankful if he can just warm the bench next week when the Giants host the Denver Broncos.
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