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NFL 2014 season: Top 5 flops so far

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The NFL season is only just over a month old but we have already had an array of compelling storylines. But for all the good in the NFL, there have been plenty of bad performances to balance the scales.

A surprising amount of top players have under performed this season, and in this article we will pick out our top five.

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5. EJ Manuel

EJ Manuel has been one of the most disappointing quarterbacks in the NFL so far during the 2014 campaign. He was expected to be the Buffalo Bills franchise quarterback of the future even after a poor rookie season, but Manuel was benched following back to back defeats.

The season started so well for the Bills, with an impressive win on the road at the Chicago Bears. And in week two they followed that up with a solid win at home to Miami Dolphins.

Manuel managed to get the best out of rookie wideout sensation Sammy Watkins against the Dolphins and things looked on the up, but two underwhelming performances by Manuel led to back to back defeats against San Diego and Houston and resulted in him losing his job to journeyman quarterback Kyle Orton.

4. Drew Brees

Drew Brees just hasn't got down to business yet so far this season. His weapons aren't particularly great, but it's Brees's tendency to throw a pick that has New Orleans Saints' fans worried at the moment.

The Saints stand at 2-3 going into their week six bye week, and the time off couldn't have come at a better time. New Orleans have had plenty of issues with their defense, having conceded over 30 points in three of five contests in 2014, but Brees can be blamed for some of his mistakes too. 

Yardage wise Brees is still getting it done, with the one-time Super Bowl winner in fourth place when it comes to passing yards per game. But six interceptions have let him down, and his total nine passing touchdowns is frankly average for someone of his class.

3. New York Jets

The 1-4 New York Jets are just a mess. In any normal year, the Jets would be number one on this list, but it's not a normal year for the NFL by any stretch of the imagination.

Back to the Jets, and their downfall as usual has been down to their impotent offense. Geno Smith has improved in certain areas but he set the bar extremely low in his rookie season. He is still passing at a less than 60 per cent completion rate, and his passer rating is a disastrous 69.3.

The reason why this flop is the New York Jets as a whole is because it's not just Geno's fault why the Jets are bad. There has been some terrible coaching decisions as well, with Marty Mornhinweg's horrific decision to call a timeout which helped the Green Bay Packers comeback and win at MetLife Stadium in week three being one of them. 

And then there's Rex Ryan. The Jets' head coach who admitted that he was completely outcoached against the San Diego Chargers in the Jets massive 31-0 defeat on the road in California.

2. LeSean McCoy

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is having a terrible season. That's the only way you can put it. In 2013, he managed to average over 100 yards per game rushing, while pounding into the endzone nine times.

But this year he has one solitary touchdown through five games and a shocking 2.9 yards a carry. 2.9 yards, yes you read it right. McCoy has been bottled up every week so far this season, averaging just 54.6 yards per game.

Not all of it is McCoy's fault, with the Eagles having plenty of issues on the offensive line this season. But despite this, Darren Sproles has still managed to be productive on the ground. For the Eagles sake, McCoy needs to get it going sooner rather than later.

1. Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been the biggest letdown so far this season by an absolute mile. The All-Star running back was supposed to do his best to help Minnesota Vikings reach the playoffs, but instead he is doing his best to get arrested.

Peterson was deactivated indefinitely by the Minnesota Vikings eventually after the news broke that Peterson was to be charged for abusing his four-year-old child. Peterson maintains that he was just disciplining his child, but his actions, which include whipping his son with a tree branch, have been widely condemned and have led to the likely possibility of Peterson being out for the rest of the season.

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