Hope springs eternal every fall in the NFL, and with that hope often comes oversized expectations.
Every offseason, a number of trendy teams and players become the talk of the upcoming NFL season, whether it be contending for titles, winning awards or simply elevating to the next level.
The expectations will be sky-high for many teams and players as the season approaches, but who will live up to the hype and who will crash and burn?
Here are our five players/teams/coaches that are most likely to disappoint in 2018:
Jacksonville Jaguars — The Jaguars surprised everyone last season by winning the AFC South and reaching the AFC Championship Game. Blake Bortles and Co. are expected to top the division again in 2018, but they’ll play a challenging first-place schedule that includes matchups with the the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, along with two games each against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. Look for Jacksonville to take a step back this season.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets — New York entered the preseason with three quarterbacks vying for the starting job, but rookie Sam Darnold impressed during the opening weeks, winning the role and forcing the Jets to trade Teddy Bridgewater to…