Every year in the NFL, dozens of rising young players become superstars while veteran stars begin to fade. Here are 10 particular well-established vets who are likely to decline rapidly in 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: It’s already happened, but I think we’re about to get an extended, in-depth look confirming Big Ben’s demise. The league’s 2018 interception leader completed just one of his 11 deep pass attempts before suffering a season-ending elbow injury early in 2019.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: It’s also already happened, but not for a full season. Brady’s strong start to 2019 made his numbers look okay, but he completed just 57 percent of his passes, averaged just 5.9 yards per attempt, and posted an abysmal 80.8 passer rating in the second half of his age-42 campaign. He might be toast.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry: It’s just impossible to sustain what Henry had going when he compiled 1,273 rushing yards in an eight-game span en route to the AFC Championship Game last year. He’s a hard-nosed runner who no longer has right tackle Jack Conklin and is likely to come back to earth while playing under the franchise tag.