4. Chad Ryland
While it does take some time for rookies to get used to playing in the NFL, it's hard not to be disappointed in Chad Ryland's performance thus far.
Expectations were high for Ryland the second that the Patriots drafted him 112th overall back in April. The selection made it clear that management was ready to move on from Nick Folk, who was traded to the Tennessee Titans in August following four seasons in New England.
The hype around Ryland was justified after hitting at least 82.6% of his field goal attempts in his final three collegiate seasons spent between Eastern Michigan and Maryland. Unfortunately, that success hasn't followed him into the NFL, only going 4-of-8 for 50.0 FG%.
Although his four missed FGs in the last three games didn't cost the Patriots any wins, Ryland must be better. Otherwise, how are fans supposed to have faith in him when a game is actually on the line?
At 23 years old, Ryland still has time to turn things around, but if he wants to continue his tenure with the Patriots, that turnaround must happen sooner rather than later.