With just a few games left in the regular season, there’s fever-pitch excitement around the franchisees who are on the bubble of securing playoff football. On the other hand, there are the teams who are stuck in the basement. That’s the NFL teams eliminated from playoffs in 2021.
NFL teams eliminated from playoffs 2021
The Lions, Jaguars, Texans, and Jets can’t do much but plan for the future. Yet some players might be plotting their course away from these eliminated teams, given their performances, making them NFL trade candidates in 2022.
Jack Fox – Lions
The fox amongst the Lions might be on his way out of Ford Field. The franchise seldom looks competitive in the NFC North. Which isn’t a franchise befitting the third-ranked punter in the entire league. Jack Fox’s 49.6 rating places him between Andy Lee and Tress Way in the punting standings. These counterparts are both having remarkably better seasons with the Cardinals and Washington respectively.
Even with the number one draft pick, Fox must ask himself whether he wants to help the Lions rebuild or if he’d rather kick for a contender elsewhere. His hometown of Dallas might be a viable option with the kicker situation at the Cowboys presiding with Greg Zuerlein and Lirim Hajrullahu.
This pair are both the wrong side of 30 and haven’t entirely matched the imperious form of the rest of the team taking the franchise to a resounding lead in the NFC East.
James Robinson – Jaguars
James Robinson went from undrafted to history-making rookie. He became just the fourth non-drafted man to rush 1,000 yards in his first season. Robinson has made the best out of his time in Jacksonville but given the franchise is staring down the barrel at a fourth successive last-place finish in the AFC south, can the RB reach his full potential at TIAA Bank Field?
Over 650 rushing yards with 12 games played puts him in the same conversations as Melvin Gordon, James Connor and Alvin Kamara; the disparity in his quality and franchise result makes him a potential NFL offseason trade.
Brandin Cooks – Texans
Brandin Cooks has already called four stadiums home but might need to find a fifth if he’s going to get any closer to the Vince Lombardi trophy. The 2014 first-round pick has been an anomaly in the performance data for the Texans this year.
64.8 receiving yards per game might not set the division alight but proves his reliability. Especially considering he’s outperformed Rob Gronkowski, Amari Cooper, and DK Metcalf. The WR must be seething and will do anything to make himself a trade candidate in 2022 for more prosperous teams.
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John Franklin-Myers – Jets
Despite signing a four-year contract extension, John Franklin-Myers could still be a potential NFL offseason trade.
Franklin-Myers proves to be a sturdy choice for the Jets yet finds himself consistently overwhelmed with oncoming opposition. Tape-addicts will recall his infamous sack and fumble on Tom Brady at Super Bowl LIII with the Rams, enhancing his chances of a move.
Jamal Agnew – Jaguars
Jamal Agnew has the highest average rushing yards sit at 15.9 per game. It might be slightly skewed by his 66-yard rush touchdown against the Colts and his season-ending injury in November. However, this WR’s stats still lend themselves to show how versatile this wide receiver is.
Agnew found himself to be a regular target man for the Jaguars. Repeatedly showing a knack to catch and carry the pigskin in key battles on the gridiron. The fact he’ll be such a missing component in the AFC South basement brawl against the Texans is testament to what he could do in a more well-rounded team.