With training camps slowly creeping up, it is time to look at every NFL team heading into the 2017 season. All 32 teams are looking to have a successful season that hopefully ends up with a Super Bowl victory in early February. Some teams have different goals that they set to have achieved, and other teams have the goal of being able to make the playoffs and making a name while in the post season. Each NFL team has a different group of players, and they all have different styles in which they play in on the offensive and defensive end of the football.
Now every NFL team has that one player that you sit there and say to yourself "he isn't as good as everybody thinks he is". Those players that make you sit there and say that are known as overrated. Every team has that one overrated player that either gets paid more money than they deserve, they either haven't proved into all of the hype, or the player just is not worth what people say that they are worth. For example, one player that could be considered overrated is Kam Chancellor. Now I see what you are thinking is Kam Chancellor really overrated? My response to that is yes he is, and I will tell you the reasoning behind it.
Kam Chancellor is known as one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in the game today, but other than that his coverage skills are not up their with the best defensive backs in the game. Now with clearing up if Kam Chancellor is overrated or not, here are every NFL team's overrated player heading into the 2017 season.
32 Arizona Cardinals - Karlos Dansby
The Arizona Cardinals signed Karlos Dansby to a one year deal for $2 million with a $700,000 signing bonus. Dansby has been one of the more overrated players in the National Football League in the past three seasons, and has played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and has made his return back to Arizona. Dansby is now 35 years old, and is slowly declining and should not be considered an elite linebacker in the league today.
He has never made a Pro Bowl, has never won a Super Bowl, and was named a second team All-Pro once in his thirteen year career. Dansby has gone over 100 tackles twice in his career, but he does not deserve all the hype that he is getting going into 2017. Arizona's defense is looking to bounce back in 2017, but it definitely will not be because they got back Karlos Dansby.
31 Atlanta Falcons - Brooks Reed
The Atlanta Falcons had a fantastic season in 2016, until the second half of the Super Bowl happened. Their defense was clicking on an elite level in the playoffs, but one player that is overrated on that defense is none other than defensive end Brooks Reed. The former 2nd round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has not been as effective as Atlanta thought he would be when they first signed him. Reed signed a 5 year $22 million dollar contract in the 2015 off season, and has not been worth that money in the least bit.
Reed is a six year veteran who started his career with the Texans, and then earned the big contract from the Falcons. He has never had more than 43 tackles in a single season, and only has 2.0 sacks in his tenure with Atlanta. Brooks Reed is making $4.1 million in base salary this season, only to produce mediocre stats for a defense that is on the rise with the young talent that they have.
30 Baltimore Ravens - Breshad Perriman
The Baltimore Ravens have heard about Joe Flacco being overrated, and I understand and agree with all of the points that people make, but one player on Baltimore that I definitely think is more overrated than Flacco is Breshad Perriman. The former first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft was hyped to be one of the best receivers in his draft class, but he has not lived up to all of that hype. Perriman missed his first season with a knee injury, and almost missed the 2016 season with an injury as well.
He has not been the explosive receiver that Flacco thought he was going to get when Baltimore drafted him, but then again when he played last season he was not a threat at all for the Ravens. Now if he played on a different team maybe he could be better, but with one of the most overrated quarterbacks throwing him the ball in Joe Flacco it makes it hard to see him destroying that overrated tag over his head.
29 Buffalo Bills - Tyrod Taylor
The Buffalo Bills have had one of the most overrated quarterbacks for the past two seasons be "their guy" at quarterback and that is none other than Tyrod Taylor. Taylor has a Super Bowl ring as a backup for the Baltimore Ravens, but in his 28 starts with Buffalo he is 14-14 which is not a good record for a starter. The Bills running attack was the best in the league a season ago, but that was not because of Tyrod Taylor it is because they have a top five running back in the league in LeSean McCoy to go along with that offensive line.
Without the offensive line that Buffalo has Taylor would struggle even more with the Bills. Buffalo has a great offensive line, and Taylor can't lead them to more than 7 wins in a single season. Tyrod Taylor made a Pro Bowl due to other players being either injured, or were playing in the Super Bowl, so needless to say that he is not worth the $10 million in base salary that Buffalo is giving him in 2017.
28 Carolina Panthers - Kelvin Benjamin
The Carolina Panthers are trying to bounce back from their Super Bowl hangover from a season ago, and they need to focus less on the overrated Kelvin Benjamin on offense. The former 28th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been one of the more overrated receivers in the league. In 2015 he tore his ACL during a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins and was out for the season. So what did Carolina do that year without him, they finished the regular season 15-1 and went on to play in Super Bowl 50. The result of that game did not go the way that they hoped, but they only lost two games without Kelvin Benjamin.
Now do you think that was a coincidence, I do not because Carolina was not the same team last season. They did lose key pieces on defense from their 2015 team, but the offense as a whole was not up to the caliber that it was in 2015. Benjamin has only played two official seasons in the NFL, but he is known as one of the more overrated receivers in the league, and he came into OTA's looking like an offensive lineman.
27 Chicago Bears - Kevin White
The Chicago Bears look like they are going to be an absolute mess this season, and unfortunately they can thank their overrated wide receiver Kevin White. The former number seven overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, was compared to being one of the best wide receivers in the draft class along with Amari Cooper. Cooper has strived and earned everything that he has gotten in the NFL, Kevin White on the other hand has only played in four games. In 2015 during off season programs he injured his shin, and had actually fractured his tibula, and then after four games in 2016 he fractured the same tibula.
White is overrated due to lack of living up to hype coming out of the NFL Draft, and the fact that he can't stay healthy enough to be on the field. White has struggled in the NFL, but Chicago still thinks of him as a top receiver in the league which is blasphemy in my honest opinion. Look for White to continue to be looked at around the league as a bad selection, and will most likely be injured for the majority of the 2017 season.
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Vontaze Burfict
The Cincinnati Bengals struggled last season, and it was definitely not because they did not have the overrated Vontaze Burfict for five games. Burfict was undrafted in 2012, and proceeded to play in all 16 games, and start in 14 of them. He was a Pro Bowler in 2013, but other than that season he has not been as effective as people around the league thinks he is. Cincinnati's defense has been alright for the past five seasons, but Burfict has not been the big reason why it has been up to the level that it has been.
Vontaze Burfict is overrated due to the fact that he is set to make $3.7 million in base salary, which he is not worth at all. Burfict has struggled to stay healthy for a full season since 2013, and has not lived up to the hype that he put on himself after the 2013 season. Cincinnati is better off without Burfict in my opinion, but one year left for the overrated one on his contract will make us wait and see what Cincinnati truly thinks of Burfict.
25 Cleveland Browns - Kenny Britt
The Cleveland Browns needed a huge upgrade after the horrendous 1-15 2016 season that they did. Now with a different looking roster the Browns should be better than 1-15, but they did sign overrated receiver this off season and that was Kenny Britt. The former 30th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, has not been an effective receiver consistently in the league and is definitely not worth the contract that he signed this off season. Britt and Cleveland agreed to a four year $32.5 million dollar contract with $17 million guaranteed.
Kenny Britt has had only one 1,000 plus receiving yard seasons in his career and it occurred in 2016. He was the only receiver for the Los Angeles Rams a season ago, and got paid big time because of it. Without last season Britt is not worth a yearly salary of $4.0 million, $6.5 million, and $7.75 million which is all-pro receiver type of money and Kenny Britt is not that.
24 Dallas Cowboys - Terrance Williams
The Dallas Cowboys had one of their better seasons in franchise history a season ago, as they were led by two rookies to a 13-3 record, and a disappointing NFL Divisional Round loss ended it short. One player that Dallas has that is overrated is none other than wide receiver Terrance Williams. The former third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has been none other than the number two receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, but he has not had that stats that prove he is worthy of the number two receiver slot.
Williams has never gone over 55 receptions, or 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. He has not been "the guy" for the Cowboys at any point in his career, but he has not lived up to expectations that the Cowboys coaching staff has given him during his short career. Not only is Terrance Williams is not good enough to be a number two receiver, but he is not good enough to live up to high expectations.
23 Denver Broncos - Jamaal Charles
The Denver Broncos missed the playoffs last season, after winning Super Bowl 50. With Denver having a big shake up this season, and one overrated players that they signed this off season is Jamaal Charles. The former third round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, has been a solid running back throughout the beginning of his career, but lately he has shown that how overrated that he is. Charles is a four time Pro Bowler, but he has played behind good offensive lines throughout his career, and has not had a bad offensive line in front of him.
He is now 31 years old, and is looking to try and bounce back and make his career relevant again. Other than that his overrated self is looking to see if he can earn more money from Denver for multiple years after the 2017 season.
22 Detroit Lions - Greg Robinson
The Detroit Lions were one of the luckiest teams in 2016, as they had eight fourth quarter comebacks that led them to the playoffs last season. The Lions traded for one overrated lineman for a 2018 sixth round pick this off season, and that overrated offensive lineman is Greg Robinson. Robinson is a former number two overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he has been nothing but a disappointment since entering the league.
In 2016 Robinson showed up 10-15 pounds overweight, and his play up until now has been abysmal. His inefficiencies cost the Rams several times last season, and was eventually labeled a healthy scratch in Week 11 of the 2016 season. He was being shuffled around at different positions to see if he could become an effective lineman, but instead he was traded to Detroit. With no sign of improving Greg Robinson is one lineman that is slowly becoming the most overrated lineman in the game today.
21 Green Bay Packers - Martellus Bennett
The Green Bay Packers are doing their best to try and erase the NFC Championship game from their memory, and to focus on trying to go to the Super Bowl this upcoming season. One of their recent moves that they did this off season was sign a tight end, but unfortunately for the Packers he is overrated. The newly signed Green Bay Packer Martellus Bennett is the overrated player for the 2017 season.
Bennett was a part of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season, but he was only an effective tight end due to the fact that he had Tom Brady throwing him the ball. Yes, he has Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball which is as close to Tom Brady in the league today, but he is not worth an average $7 million per season type of tight end. Bennett can be one of the best tight ends in the league, but him being paid like the best tight end in the league proves how overrated that he is.
20 Houston Texans - Johnathan Joseph
The Houston Texans are one team that year in and year out for the previous two seasons would not make the playoffs if their division was not so bad. The big thing of the Houston Texans is how great their defense has been for the past five seasons. They have some big names on that team, but one player on the defense that is definitely overrated is none other than defensive back Johnathan Joseph. The former 24th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, is a former 2 time Pro Bowler, but he is not a key piece of that Houston defense.
The Texans have a great front seven and their secondary was good last season, but not because of Johnathan Joseph. Joseph only had 38 tackles a season ago, and has not had more than 70 tackles in a single season. At just under six feet tall, Joseph is a good defensive back, but he is not and should not be labeled as a number one defensive back like all Texan fans think he is.
19 Indianapolis Colts - Kendall Langford
The Indianapolis Colts were a little inconsistent a season ago, and it killed their playoff chances big time. One overrated player that the Indianapolis Colts have going into the 2017 season is defensive end Kendall Langford. The former third round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, has not made a huge impact in the NFL yet, and is thought about is one of the better defensive ends in the game. Langford has never had more than 36 tackles in a single season, and only had more than 5.0 sacks in a single season once.
He has helped the Indianapolis Colts' front seven, but he is not a player that you build your defense around. Langford is a good defensive end, but he is not as good as he has been hyped up to be since he entered the league.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a struggling franchise in the 2010's, and haven't found a quarterback that can help lead them back to the playoffs. Blake Bortles is the overrated player that the Jaguars have on their roster going into the 2017 season. Bortles is a former number three overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, and has not lived up to be the guy that Jacksonville was hoping that he would be. In three seasons, Bortles has started in 45 games and has posted a record of 11-34, which is very very underwhelming.
Bortles was good in garabage time last season so that is why his stats were what they were. Other than that Jacksonville has a good young team, and a very exceptional receiving core, but he has not led the Jaguars to win more than five games in a single season. Bortles is looking like he does not have what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but people should not think that he is one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Alex Smith
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the better teams in the National Football League since Andy Reid became the head coach. One guy that Reid has had that is very overrated is none other than his starting quarterback Alex Smith. The former number one overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, has been overrated since the 2011 season. Smith was traded to Kansas City from San Francisco to make room for Colin Kaepernick to become the new face of the franchise.
With Alex Smith being a game manager, and nothing more than that made it easy for San Francisco to dump him, and let him go to Kansas City. He is not worth anywhere close to the $10.8 million in base salary that he will make next season. With the Chiefs drafting a quarterback in the first round and even trading up to get that quarterback means that Smith is not only on a short leash, but he is very overrated and Kansas City is starting to realize it.
16 Los Angeles Chargers - Melvin Gordon
With the relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers organization is looking to bounce back and finally make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. With a new head coach in Anthony Lynn, and the team having some bright spots a season ago, they should be able to potentially make a run at the playoffs in 2017. One player that is considered overrated going into 2017 is running back Melvin Gordon. The former 15th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft had his breakout season in 2016, but was it a one year wonder type of year.
If he is going to be anything like he was in 2015, all signs consider that 2016 was a fluke. Everybody is already assuming that Melvin Gordon will rush for over 1,000 rushing yards in 2017 without even looking at the team playing a game first. Thinking that he can only improve from last season's breakout year definitely can happen, but if it is anything like his rookie year in 2015 it doesn't look likely that the overrated tag will come off of him anytime soon.
15 Los Angeles Rams - Tavon Austin
The Los Angeles Rams are definitely looking for an identity after the poor display that they put on known as the 2016 season. One player that they have on their roster that is overrated is Tavon Austin. The former number eight overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft has been labeled as a top two receiver on the Rams' depth chart, when he definitely is not. Not taking anything away from the talent that Austin has in the slot, and on special teams, but he is not a number one or number two receiver in the league.
Austin is set to make $3.5 million as a base salary in 2017, and is being paid to be Jared Goff's number one target. With Austin being under six feet tall makes it hard to see him as a number one target, and is very overrated by the Los Angeles Rams organization.
14 Miami Dolphins - Jay Ajayi
The Miami Dolphins had one of their better seasons in recent memory, and coach Adam Gase looks like he is helping bring that organization in the right direction. One player on the Dolphins that is overrated is running back Jay Ajayi. The former fifth round pick had a breakout season in 2016, as he became the primary running back for the first time. Ajayi started 12 games and ran for 1,272 rushing yards to go along with 8 touchdowns.
Now the question is was it a fluke season, or is Ajayi slowly becoming a top ten running back in the game today? Well, with the performance that he had in Miami's playoff game it sure looks like that it was a fluke. Ajayi is a solid running back, but the praise he has been getting around the league for a couple of 200 plus rushing yard games is ridiculous.
13 Minnesota Vikings - Sam Bradford
The Minnesota Vikings started off very hot in 2016, only to crash and burn towards the end of the season. Minnesota has one of the most overrated players in the league today and that is quarterback Sam Bradford. The former number one overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has not lead any team to the playoffs, and has not won more than seven games in a single season. In his career Bradford has started in 78 games and has a 32-45-1 record to show for it.
That record is definitely not worth $14 million in base salary for the 2017 season. Bradford has been horrendous in his NFL career when it comes to his win/loss record, his passing yards are a little inflated and it doesn't show how bad he actually is. He should be nowhere worth $14 million in base salary for a single season, and in my mind is the most overrated player in the league today.
12 New England Patriots - Danny Amendola
The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have made some serious noise this offseason, as they have added so much fire power on both sides of the football that is going to help them seriously make a case as heavy favorites going into the 2017 season. It is hard to consider any of the talent that they have on the roster currently overrated, but if I have to go with one guy it would be wide receiver Danny Amendola. The former undrafted free agent has earned his spot where he is today, but with two big catches in Super Bowl XLIX, and Super Bowl LI he is considered one great receiver.
One thing about Amendola is the trouble that he has to stay healthy. The deal that he signed when he first came to New England was outrageous, but having him on the team helped get some of Tom Brady's other targets open. Amendola is a very good wide receiver, but he is overrated in the aspect that if Tom Brady wasn't throwing him the ball he would be an average receiver in the league at the moment, and wouldn't have two Super Bowl rings.
11 New Orleans Saints - Ted Ginn Jr.
The New Orleans Saints have been one of the teams this offseason who has been making the most moves to try and improve their team. One move that they made was signing the overrated Ted Ginn Jr. to a 3 year $11 million contract. The former ninth overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, has one of the quickest set of feet in the league today, but should not be considered a number one receiver. Ted Ginn Jr. has had his career as a receiver revived by Cam Newton, and now the thought of Drew Brees hitting him on deep routes is deadly.
One thing about Ginn Jr. though is that he has dropped a lot of balls during his NFL career, and his hands are very inconsistent. He has lethal quickness, but in order to succeed you have to have good hands as a wide receiver in the NFL. Ginn Jr. is overrated due to the fact that people overlook the issue of how inconsistent his hands are.
10 New York Giants - Shane Vereen
The New York Giants are looking to bounce back after a terrible ending to a great 2016 season. One player that the New York Giants have that is considered overrated is Shane Vereen. The former second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, is only known as a receiving running back, he is too small to go pound for pound in a sense with any of the defensive guys in the league today. Vereen is under six feet and weighs about 205, which makes us believe that he would get tossed around by any defensive lineman.
The Giants have a very good offense, and it is even good without Vereen as part of the fold. Vereen is set to make $2.15 million in base salary, which is not bad, but his cap hit of just under $4 million is something that the New York Giants do not need going forward. Look for the Giants to move on from the overrated Shane Vereen after the 2017 season.
9 New York Jets - Buster Skrine
The New York Jets look like an earthquake hit and they lost a majority of their team from a season ago. One player that is overrated for the Jets that they still have is defensive back Buster Skrine. Skrine is a former fifth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and has been ok since entering the league. He is under six feet tall, and weighs about 185 pounds which is tough to be becoming a great defensive back.
He is set to make $6 million in base salary which is ridiculous for an undersized defensive back. Skrine has shown some talent at the defensive back position, but he is definitely not good enough to not only make $6 million base salary, but to be labeled as a top two defensive back on any team in the NFL. The Jets are already a mess this season, and Skrine is going to be getting burnt by all the top receivers that he is covering.
8 Oakland Raiders - Jared Cook
The Oakland Raiders were poised to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game until Derek Carr got hurt in the regular season. Oakland has some serious talents that they had/added this off season. They also have one overrated player who is none other than tight end Jared Cook. The former third round selection in 2009, Cook has struggled throughout his NFL career, yet people think that he can still be a big time tight end in the league.
Cook is set to make $2.5 million in base salary and another $2.5 million if he makes the roster in Week 1. That means he can make $5 million just by making the 53 man roster, when he is not worth anywhere near $5 million for a single season. He could make an impact with the Raiders, but with his recent history it doesn't look like he will not become overrated.
7 Philadelphia Eagles - Ryan Mathews
With the Philadelphia Eagles poised to bounce back after a rough 2016 season, the Eagles have one player that is overrated, and it is running back Ryan Mathews. The former number twelve overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, is an overrated running back that is right now the primary running back, but is so inconsistent. Since joining the Eagles, Mathews has only been the number one running back for half of one season, and his numbers have not stuck out in the least bit.
With Philadelphia being a run heavy offense you would think that Mathews' number would inflate a little bit, well they haven't even in the slightest bit. He has struggled and being considered a starting running back is a stretch in my eyes. Overrated has a good ring to it when you say the name Ryan Mathews.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers - Artie Burns
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost in the AFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots. Pittsburgh's secondary got torched in the AFC Championship game, and one defensive back that was highly hyped about during the whole season was rookie Artie Burns. Burns was Pittsburgh's first round selection (25th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, and was very highly liked around the league to help Pittsburgh's secondary for the forseeable future.
Burns had an average rookie season, and looked mediocre at times especially during the majority of the AFC Championship game. With Pittsburgh's secondary already the weakest link of their team having a guy like Artie Burns, who has been really considered as a guy who could help change the defense let down Steeler fans in the biggest game of his career.
5 San Francisco 49ers - Pierre Garcon
The San Francisco 49ers have changed almost everything about their franchise, they have new management, new head coach, and new talent that is coming in. One of the guys that is coming in that is the overrated player from San Francisco is wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon is a former sixth round pick, and has been one of the most overrated players that has played in the past five seasons. He has had 1,000 plus receiving yards two times in his career only because Robert Griffin III, and Kirk Cousins had tunnel vision that helped him get a thousand yards twice in his career.
He signed a 5 year $47.5 million dollar contract this off season, which he is not worth in the slightest bit. Garcon has been an alright receiver in the league, but he does not deserve to be labeled as the number one receiver on any team in the National Football League.
4 Seattle Seahawks - Eddie Lacy
The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the better regular season teams in the league since drafting Russell Wilson. They have also found a way to compete year in and year out, while signing players and one player that they signed who is overrated is none other than Eddie Lacy. The former second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, has been overweight the past two seasons, and this year in Seattle he has made the required weight that the Seahawks have asked of him and he has gotten paid for it.
Eddie Lacy has some tendencies still of not being able to be an effective running back in the league, and he has a chance to prove people wrong in Seattle. Due to the recent history of him struggling, it does not look like he will be improving this season. Lacy has met weight currently, but does he stay at it is the serious question because that is a huge reason why he is overrated.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are poised to be one of the breakout teams in the National Football League in 2017, and one player that is not a reason because of it is the overrated running back in Doug Martin. The former first round pick (31st overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, had all the hype around him after a fantastic rookie season, and then disappeared for two seasons, to have another good season in 2015, only to disappear in 2016. With Martin not being a big help for the Buccaneers in 2016, it shows that they don't need him to be a playoff team.
With Tampa Bay's additions on offense, they are already looking like their passing game will be very lethal in 2017. The running game will get there, but Doug Martin's inconsistencies will show how overrated he is around the league.
2 Tennessee Titans - Derrick Morgan
The Tennessee Titans are another team that is poised to become a breakout team in 2017, with all the potential in the world of becoming a playoff team. One player that the Titans have on the defensive side of the ball that is considered overrated is none other than Derrick Morgan. The former first round pick (16th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft, is coming off one of his better seasons in the league, but is not as good as his numbers show. With Morgan set to make $6 million for base salary is ridiculous, the linebacker did get 9.0 sacks last season, but only added 27 tackles to it as well.
Morgan has been an inconsistent defensive end/linebacker for the Titans, but he definitely is not worth what he is getting paid by them. With the Titans on the verge of the playoffs this season coming up, Morgan should show his true overrated colors.
1 Washington Redskins - Bashaud Breeland
The Washington Redskins were on the outside looking in a season ago, and with some changes in management they look to bounce back, and be able to go back into the playoffs. One player that the Redskins have that is overrated is none other than defensive back Bashaud Breeland. The former fourth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been labeled the number two defensive back for the Redskins, which shows how "good" Washington's secondary is.
Breeland at times has been burnt, by the more talented receivers, and has shown how overrated that he is. Having him line up against either Odell Beckham, or Brandon Marshall twice a year is not good for Redskin fans. Breeland is a good defensive back, but he is not as good as Washington potrays him to be. They need help in their secondary to make Breeland not be the number two defensive back on the depth chart.