NFL Stock Down: Week 8

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Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Stock Down

Hakeem Nicks– Nicks took a one year deal with the Indianapolis Colts to turn the perception around that he wasn’t worth big receiver money. It seemed like a great pairing since we all know Nicks has talent and the Colts system puts up great numbers, but Nicks has been a dud and the ship has sailed at being paid anywhere near a top end number 2, let alone number 1 receiver. Nicks produced just 1 reception despite being targeted 6 times this week.

Michael Vick– One would think Vick was using this season to hope to land one more starting job down the line, but in his second appearance of the year Vick continued to show many of the bad traits he showed in his final years in Philadelphia. Vick completed just 50% of his passes and turned the ball over three times in relief of Geno Smith. Vick should get his chance to start the rest of the season and he has to do better than this to prolong his career.

Jordan Cameron– Cameron had his breakout game a few weeks ago and then proceeded to go back to looking like just another guy again. Cameron has a chance to cash in as a potential difference maker at the position, but he needs to do more than a few catches and not being very useful as a blocker when used on the line.

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New Contract Disappointment Of The Week

Lamarr Houston– The biggest risk in free agency is how a player will react once they get paid big money and in the case of the Bears and Houston it looks like they grabbed the guy who stopped playing with the contract. The Bears defense has been a joke all season and nothing was more of a joke than Houston getting injured while celebrating a sack down by a billion points.  Houston has made no impact this season- that sack was just his first and he has only 11 tackles on the year. In his contract year he produced 69 tackles and 6 sacks.

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  • Jim

    The troubling thing about Vick, was his unpreparedness, and no fire. He didn’t look like he knew this offense at all, and being a veteran as he is, and even having this offensive coordinator before in Philly, is really bad. The whole off-season, his talk of being a good mentor, letting Geno be the starter, we all took as a sign of maturity. At this point, I think it’s more fitting to call it apathy. I don’t think he really cares at this point in his career, just content to collect a paycheck and call it day. He has enough natural talent to move the ball when called upon, but it really has shown a second time this season that isn’t putting anything in during the week to be ready for a game.

    I really can’t see him in any uniform next season.

    • McGeorge

      I agree with you Jim.
      As a jets fan, I think it best to go 1-15, to get good picks rather than try and go 4-12.
      I’d consider starting Matt Simms. He’s not as good as Vick, but at lest he tries. Send a message – you have talent, but don’t try? – then you don’t play.