Can You Name the Positions of These NFL Players?

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

Quarterbacks, wide receivers, defensive ends, linebackers; there are a lot of positions on the football field for NFL fans to have to remember. Of course, it's probably easy when you are thinking about your favorite player, but what about the other players who fill rosters across the league? Do you know what positions they play? Why not take this quiz and find out? 

Every Sunday, hundreds of athletes take to the football field, each with unique roles on their respective team. They have specific jobs to perform based around their position, and even in a league where positions are becoming more confusing because of how players are used, you still have 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense at the end of the day. If you really want to know the game of football, you have to know who fills those roles.

How well do you know the faces of the NFL and their jobs on the field? Do you know where stars like Aaron Rodgers and Khalil Mack play? What about some of the lesser-known role players? If you are a football fan and up for a challenge, take this quiz and see if you can name the position of these NFL players!

Khalil Mack was traded from the Raiders to the Bears in 2018 after he refused to show up for training camp. He held out because of contract disputes with the team.

At the start of the 2018 season, Odell Beckham Jr. signed a five-year deal with the Giants worth $95 million. The contract made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the game.

Since entering the league, Rob Gronkowski has been a nightmare matchup for opposing teams. His ability comes from his unique combination of size and power.

J.J. Watt is a destructive force on the defensive line for the Texans. His on the field play has earned him three Defensive Player of the Year awards, with his latest coming in 2015.

After a contract dispute with the Steelers, Le'Veon Bell decided to sit out the 2018 season. His decision was based on​ his desire to see running backs earn more money in the NFL.

Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, winning more titles than any other quarterback. Of those five Super Bowls, Brady was named the MVP of the big game four times.

In only his third season in the league, Jalen Ramsey has become one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He also isn't afraid to talk trash to opposing teams, even if they have star players on offense.

In 2017, Carson Wentz was leading one of the best offenses in the NFL. However, he tore his ACL before the playoffs and had to watch his team win the Super Bowl without him.

Myles Garrett was drafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M. While in college, Garrett racked up 31 sacks over the course of three seasons.

In his rookie seasons, Ezekiel Elliot tore through the league. He finished the season as the NFL rushing yards leader but lost the Offensive Rookie of the Year award to his teammate Dak Prescott.

Antonio Brown is one of the best at doing his job, catching passes. However, he also expresses his opinions outside the field of play, which has often been a detriment to his team.

In 2017, Harrison Smith led a Vikings defense that was one of the best in the league. The Vikings gave up fewer yards than any other team in the NFL.

Joey Bosa was drafted with the third pick in the 2016 NFL draft. In his rookie season, he accumulated 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks, earning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Many people thought Jared Goff was a bust after his rookie season where he played in only seven games. However, he exploded in his second season, throwing for over 3,800 yards and 28 touchdowns in the regular season.

Seeking a pay day, Josh Norman left the Panthers in 2016 to join the Redskins. Since then, he has failed to live up to the five-year, $75 million contract he signed.

Kareem Hunt was overlooked coming out of college and wasn't drafted until the third round of the NFL draft. However, in his rookie season, he led the league in rushing, putting up over 1,300 yards on the ground.

Julio Jones played three seasons at the University of Alabama. In his sophomore season, he helped the Crimson Tide win a National Championship.

Drew Brees became the NFL all-time passing yards leader in week 5 of the 2018 regular season. He accomplished the feat after throwing for 363 yards against the Redskins.

Marshawn Lynch has been a bruising running back throughout his career. One of his greatest runs came in a playoff game at the end of the 2010-11 season where he ran through multiple defenders to score what would ultimately be the game-winning touchdown.

Aaron Donald has anchored the Rams defense since he was drafted in 2014. Since joining the league, Donald has made the Pro Bowl every season.

After almost being kicked out of college, Travis Kelsey has turned both his life and his career around. Currently, he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL with stats to back it up.

In his first season, Luke Kuechly was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He followed that up with a spectacular second season where he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Since being drafted in 2013, Lane Johnson has been a star tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. He helped the team win its first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2017.

With other stars having more success in the postseason, A.J. Green has been overlooked at the wide receiver position. However, he consistently performs year after year, putting up over 1,000 yards receiving every season except one.

Few players have rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season. Adrian Peterson is one of those players. He hit the mark in 2012 when he rushed for 2,097 yards.

Earl Thomas was once part of the Legion of Boom in Seattle. The Legion of Boom was known for a hard-hitting defensive style which dominated opposing offenses.

In 2018, Patrick Mahomes II was given the starting position on the Chiefs offense. He took over for Alex Smith, who was traded to the Redskins. He's a joy to watch, throwing left-handed passes and generally making defensive coordinators contemplate a career change.

Christian McCaffrey is a dual-threat running back. In his rookie season, McCaffrey had more receiving yards than rushing yards despite playing the running back position.

Baker Mayfield had a controversial college career where he was known for trash talking opposing teams. However, he did lead Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff while also winning the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

In 2017, DeAndre Hopkins was the NFL receiving yards leader. He caught 96 passes for 1,378 yards.

Chris Long was in a unique position in 2016 and 2017. He won back to back Super Bowls but with two different teams.

No one could deny Aaron Rodgers' talent when he entered the league in 2005. That's why he beat out Hall of Famer Brett Favre in 2008 for the starting quarterback position in Green Bay.

In 2017, as a rookie, Alvin Kamara helped the Saints reach the playoffs after rushing for 728 yards and catching passes for 826 yards. His efforts earned him the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Von Miller has proven he's one of the best pass rushers in the league. That was made even more evident in 2015 when he won the Super Bowl MVP after racking up 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Cam Newton was named the NFL MVP in 2015. He also led his team to the Super Bowl, but they lost to the Denver Broncos.

A former first-round draft pick, Alex Mack has been selected to five Pro Bowls. From 2015 to 2017, he was selected to three straight Pro Bowls.

Though the Heisman Trophy is traditionally given to an offensive player, Ndamukong Sue was selected as a finalist in 2009. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting that year.

Jay Ajayi was traded from the Dolphins to the Eagles in the middle of the 2017 season. In 2018, he tore his ACL in the fifth week against the Vikings.

Andy Dalton has thrown for over 3,000 yards every season he has been in the NFL. His highest total came in 2013 when he threw for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Vantaze Burfict has been widely criticized for being a dirty player by opposing players and commentators. He has racked up over $4 million in fines over the course of his career.

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