With the NFL regular season in the stretch run and the playoffs just around the corner, we wanted to take a second to look at a few players. No matter how fast a player can run, how strong they are, how high they can jump, or who how big they are, there are always players on a team who aren't as good as they seem, or as their numbers suggests. With that said, we here at the TheSportster present to you the most overrated player on all 32 NFL teams. So teams had guys that popped out right away, while others had players who were hard to find. Nonetheless, we got them all.
This list isn't to say that these are bad players. They're simply given a little too much praise by fans and/or the media based on what they actually produce. Some guys are living off reputations they established several seasons ago, but as we know, so much changes in the NFL from year to year. Some players on this list were once considered elite just a couple of seasons ago and people haven't been able to see the light on how these guys have fallen since then. Some guys were high draft picks and hence are simply big names, without much merit.
Instead of going division by division, we are going to go in alphabetical order. To kick things off, we will start with one of the NFL's most dominant teams of the year.
32 Arizona Cardinals - Michael Floyd
31 Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan
30 Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco
29 Buffalo Bills - Mario Williams
28 Carolina Panthers - Ted Ginn Jr.
27 Chicago Bears - Martellus Bennett
No, I'm not going with Jay Cutler here. It's his 10th year, and we all have seen enough film on him to know what he is by now. That is a QB with a big arm that continually chokes under pressure, but at the same time is capable of putting together a big game that makes you think he is capable of so much more.
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Johnson
25 Cleveland Browns - Dwayne Bowe
24 Dallas Cowboys - Dez Bryant
23 Denver Broncos - Vernon Davis
22 Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford
21 Green Bay Packers - Randall Cobb
20 Houston Texans - Brian Cushing
Is it just me, or don't the majority of USC Linebackers always seemed to be overrated? While injuries did rob him of almost all of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Cushing seems no different, even this year playing with the perfect 3-4 nose tackle in the massive Vince Wilfork, his play (103 tackles) hasn't been anything to write home about, as the run defense which in any 3-4 defense relies on the middle linebackers to clean up, currently ranks 14th in the league.
19 Indianapolis Colts - Vontae Davis
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Toby Gerhart
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher
16 Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannnehill
15 Minnesota Vikings - Mike Wallace
Looked at as a big play threat because of his speed, after four years as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers where he put good, but not overly impressive numbers, Mike Wallace turned that big-play potential into a five-year $60 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. In two seasons as a Fin, Wallace scored 15 touchdowns. Once again, good, but not great numbers. After clashing with the the coaching staff and failing to develop consistent chemistry with Tannehill, the WR was traded to the Vikings this past offseason.
14 New England Patriots - Brandon LaFell
It seems like since LaFell left the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in 2014 and signed wirth the Pats, that he suddenly became a really good WR. Yes, he did post a career high in catches with 74 and touchdowns with seven playing with Tom Terrific, but it's not as if sharing the huddle with Cam Newton is the same as doing it with Joey Harrington.
13 New Orleans Saints - Brandon Browner
Yes, Browner is a one of the original members of the Legion of Boom, and yes, he did win a Super Bowl ring with the Pats last year. His positioning and ability to jam Seahawks' WR Jermaine Kearse at the line of scrimmage that allowed Malcolm Butler to jump Ricardo Lockette's slant route, is a crucial part of the play that doesn't get nearly as much praise as it should.
12 New York Giants - Dominique Rodgers Cromartie
11 New York Jets - Eric Decker
10 Oakland Raiders - D.J. Hayden
9 Philadelphia Eagles - Sam Bradford
8 Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones
7 St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson
The second overall pick of the 2014 draft was supposed to solidify the team's offensive line, and give the team their best offensive tackle since former Ram and future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace. After spending his rookie season at guard, he was moved to LT this season. He has proceeded to lead not only his team, but the entire NFL in offensive penalties including holding. While he definitely isn't a bust (yet), his size at 6-foot-5, 332 pounds and draft selection suggest he should be a lot better.
6 San Diego Chargers - Manti Te'o
5 San Francisco 49ers - Colin Kaepernick
4 Seattle Seahawks - Russell Okung
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2 Tennessee Titans - Michael Griffin
The former Texas Longhorn Safety and two-time Pro Bowler Michael Griffin earns a spot on the list because he is the biggest name and highest paid member of a Titans secondary that has been torched not only this year, but the last several seasons. Griffin's last "great" year was in 2008 when he had seven interceptions. Since than, the free safety has never topped four in a season. It's crazy that the Titans have kept him around all this time.
1 Washington Redskins - Matt Jones
Yes I am going with a rookie running back. In typical Redskins' fashion, head coach Jay Gruden has mysteriously decided to start Jones ahead of extremely productive veteran and Pro Bowler Alfred Morris this season. While Morris does have a little bit of wear and tear due to the 1,089 combined touches he has received in his four year career, he is only 27 years old. Jones on the other hand, has only three TDs, averages a paltry three yards per carry, and hasn't even cracked 500 yards mark this year (490 yards). Jones also has fumbled a team-high five times this year. This is just another wrong move by a franchise that has a slew of them.
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