NFL’s Most Likely Candidates for a Sophomore Slump in 2018

Top rookies such as Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard and Eli Apple all suffered through various degrees of the sophomore slump during the 2017 NFL season.

The phenomenon can happen for all sorts of reasons nfl replica jerseys china  including injuries, off-the-field factors, changes to the roster or depth chart, a tougher schedule and increased competition from a league that suddenly has a full year of tape on a star rookie.

While most young players make a big jump between their first and second seasons, breaking out as a rookie sometimes leads to regression a year later.

The following 2017 rookies are in danger of a sophomore slump in 2018.

Leonard Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards, scored 10 total touchdowns, produced five 100-yard games, caught 36 passes and was the engine for the NFL’s most productive rushing offense during the 2017 regular season. replica nfl jerseys wholesale

However, a few factors are worrisome as he heads into his sophomore season.

Fournette averaged only 3.9 yards per carry and was held under four yards per carry during 10 of his 13 regular-season starts, so he was fairly hit or miss. During his three games in the playoffs, his average dipped to less than 3.5 yards per carry.

The 2017 fourth overall pick battled through a recurring ankle injury for long stretches of his rookie season, which is a troubling trend that dates back to his LSU days. Fournette seemed to lack juice whenever he was dealing with the balky ankle. replica nfl jerseys china

Just as importantly, the Jaguars were often fine without him.

As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk noted, replica nfl jersey Jacksonville went 3-0 and rushed for more yards per game during the three games Fournette missed last season. Backups Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant combined to produce 883 rushing yards and average 4.4 yards per carry in 2017.

Ivory is gone, but might the Jaguars lean more on Yeldon and Grant to lessen the load on Fournette and keep his ankle healthy? His sophomore slump might not be severe, but his inefficiency and injury issues could make it difficult for Fournette to reach his rookie numbers. nfl replica jerseys wholesale

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