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
There's no doubt that Michael Floyd has been a productive wide receiver in his four years in the league, but the former Notre Dame standout and first round pick seems to get a little too much respect. Seen as the heir apparent to legendary teammate Larry Fitzgerald, Floyd has only passed the 1,000 yard mark once in career (1,041 yards in 2013). His sometimes shaky hands also take some of the shine off his star as he is currently tied for the team lead in drops with three.
31 Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan
For a quarterback that gets so much hype and praise, the man known as Matty Ice hasn't really won anything of significance in the NFL, and has continued to fall on his face when his team needs him most. Stat-wise, the former Boston College QB isn't all that impressive, as he has only thrown for over 30 touchdowns in a season once (in 2012). In the playoffs, he is even worse, as he has thrown a pedestrian nine TDs and seven INTs.
30 Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco
Not to take shots at him while he is down with a torn ACL and MCL, but Joe Flacco is the most overrated player on the Ravens. While he did lead them to a Super Bowl, his numbers haven't exactly been all that spectacular. In his career, he has never averaged more than seven yards a pass, and he has never thrown less than 10 interceptions in a season. As for touchdown passes, he has never thrown 30, which usually is the standard number that separates good QBs from great ones.
29 Buffalo Bills - Mario Williams
From the moment Williams signed the massive six-year $96 million free agent mega deal with the Bills in 2012, you just knew the former Houston Texan was being overpaid. Unfortunately for Buffalo, you sometimes have to overpay to get a marquee name. That big name however, is pretty much all the defensive end has brought since his arrival. While he has put up pretty decent sack totals his first as a Bill (38), this season he has a paltry four. He still hasn't been able to help end the franchise's 16-year playoff drought. More is expected from someone making $13 million this year.
28 Carolina Panthers - Ted Ginn Jr.
Plain and simple, Teddy Ginn is in the NFL because of his speed. In college at Ohio Stae, and with four pro teams, the Carolina Panthers no.1 wide receiver uses his jets to create separation from defenders. Whether or not Ginn catches those passes is an issue as he not only leads his team in drops, but he is currently tied for 2nd in the league with nine. Drops aside, Ginn who who has always been quick to avoid contact even as a kick and punt returner, is nothing more than a one-trick pony on offense, as the majority of the plays called for him are go and post routes.
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.
Moving on to Bennett, he is a lot like his aforementioned teammate. He has loads of talent, and has put up good numbers in the past, as last season he broke legendary former Bear player and head coach Mike Ditka's Tight End record for catches in a season. Unfortunately, he can also be frustrating due to his bone headed mistakes, drops, and for being the occasional head case. Inconsistency has also marked his career, as his production has always been up and down.
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Johnson
In short, Johnson is a prime example of a player that benefits from playing with better players around him. Playing alongside the likes of Domata Peko, and Pro Bowlers Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins during his first stint in Cincinnati from 2009-2013, Johnson registered 26.5 sacks. In 2014 he left as a free agent and singed a fice-year $43.98 million dollar deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released by the Bucs after one season and for sacks and re-signed with the Bengals.
25 Cleveland Browns - Dwayne Bowe
While some would put a certain Browns' QB on the list, Johnny Football has actually played better and shown some growth on the field this season. I am going with the former Pro Bowl WR in this spot. Stat-wise, Bowe has been on a steady decline over the last couple of years. As a member of the Chiefs last season, he didn't score a single TD. This year in his first as a Brown, he still hasn't sniffed the endzone. To make matters worse, even though Cleveland lacks play-makers at the position, Bowe has been on the Browns' inactive list on game days, getting passed for the likes of QB turned WR Terrelle Pryor.
24 Dallas Cowboys - Dez Bryant
Before all you Cowboy fans jump up and shout in protest, consider this for a second, when your team's back is against the wall, and you really need a play, and the Boys as well as their opponents know the ball going Dez's way, how often does Mr. 88 come up with the play that propels America's Team to victory? The playoff game against the Packers? No. This past week in the rematch between both clubs? Still no. Despite his amazing talents, whether it be his shaky hands, or a lack of concentration, Dez Bryant doesn't always come up with the big play when his team really needs it, and for that, he earns a spot on the list.
23 Denver Broncos - Vernon Davis
If Davis was still a 9er, he would be fighting Kap for the spot, but since Denver traded for him this season, he takes the Broncos' spot. Blessed with great strength and speed, the tight rnd out of Maryland has made a loot of great plays over his ninr-year career. His hands however, have held him back for making great plays more consistently, and now it appears that age has jumped into the equation as well. After tying a career high with 13 TDs in 2013, Davis scored only wo last season. This year in 13 games combined with 49ers and Broncos, he has recorded 38 catches for 395 yards. He has yet to sniff the endzone.
22 Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford
This one was pretty easy. For his career the Lions signal caller has thrown for over 25,000 yards and an even 155 touchdowns. He is also approaching triple digits for interceptions (98). To make matters worse, the former first overall pick of the 2009 draft has only brought the Lions to the postseason twice. As you might have guessed, Stafford is winless in the playoffs so far. His career has always seemed to be one step forward, two steps back, always struggling to find consistency.
21 Green Bay Packers - Randall Cobb
It was extremely tempting to put B.J Raji in this spot, but by now, we all know what he is. Instead Randall Cobb gets the spot. When the Packers lost Jordy Nelson in the preseason to a torn ACL, many people assumed Cobb who played 1B to Nelson's 1A in the Pack's offense would step up and replace his teammate's production, but it hasn't happened. While the stats he put up this season aren't horrible, they also aren't worthy of someone who just signed a four-year $40 million this past offseason.
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.
The Texans have been exceptional against the pass as they rank third, but Cushing's zero interceptions and two pass knockdowns have very little if anything to do with that ranking.
19 Indianapolis Colts - Vontae Davis
While Greg Toler is certainly deserving of a spot on the list, I'm going with Vontae Davis. There's no denying Davis is a talented cornerback (he made the Pro Bowl in 2014), but consistency, and his penchant for giving up big plays and committing penalties (he has led the team the last two years in defensive penalties) has made him a magnet for teams trying attack the Colts for big gains through the air. True elite corners bring their A game week in week out, Davis however does not.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Toby Gerhart
Who else did you expect to make the list? The former Stanford Cardinal who had a successful college tenure, was a career backup during his first years in the NFL as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. As Adrian Peterson's understudy, Gerhart mainly got playing time on random 3rd downs, or when AP was hurt or needed a breath. He turned his limited playing time into a three-year $10.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although he has decent speed and good size he has never been able to put it all together and become a consistent running back. The fact that he is injury prone certainly doesn't help his cause.
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher
The first overall pick of the 2013 draft has played every position on the Chiefs offensive line except Center. Besides veteran guard Ben Grubbs, Fisher is the biggest name on the Kansas City front five, but his performance doesn't come close to matching his line-mates. Despite his struggles to find consistency, the Chiefs continue to start Fisher. Although his draft status suggests he should be playing, he just hasn't been getting it done consistently.
16 Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannnehill
No, Ndamukong Suh doesn't get the spot here. Sorry, but this isn't a free agent flop list. Tannehill, the fifth year Dolphins pivot has always enticed us with his strong arm and quick feet that he uses to extend plays in the pocket. The problem with the signal caller is besides the fact that he has never led Miami to the playoffs, and that he has gone through two offensive coordinators in his brief time in the league, is that with 85 touchdown passes and 53 interceptions suggest that he is just an above average Quarterback.
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.
So far Wallace has posted an underwhelming 36 catches for 440 yards and two TDs. That production is definitely not worth the $12 million a year the receiver is making.
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.
More importantly, the drops, injuries, and consistency issues that dogged him in Carolina, have followed him to New England. So far this year, the LSU product has only played in nine games, but he is already second on the team in drops with five.
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.
All that aside, Browner leads the league in total defensive penalties with 24, as well as defensive holdings penalties with 11. He is part of a Saints' defense that ranks 30th against the pass, and second to last (31st) in total yards.
12 New York Giants - Dominique Rodgers Cromartie
The high-priced veteran CB is just one part of an extremely underwhelming Giants secondary and defense as a whole. At one time, the former Arizona Cardinal, Philadelphia Eagle, and Denver Bronco was a solid starting CB. Since signing a five-year $35 million deal with the G-Men to be their top defensive back, DRC has struggled with consistency. While he does have three interceptions this season, he has dropped many others.
11 New York Jets - Eric Decker
Yes Decker was good in Denver, and yes he has rebounded this year after a tough first year in the Big Apple, put there are three reasons why the sixth-year player out of Minnesota played so well in the past as well as currently. Those reasons are Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning, and Brandon Marshall. Catching passes from a sure-fire Hall of Fame QB will in almost every single case, result in better numbers, as will the presence of an elite no.1 WR lining up across from you as Decker had in Denver with Thomas and now with Marshall in New York. You would expect more from a player who just singed a five-year $36.25 million deal last year.
10 Oakland Raiders - D.J. Hayden
The former 12th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is the Raiders' most overrated player. The University of Houston product has one pick this year and a grand total of three for his career. Despite other young corners on the roster, Hayden's low production, and team-leading 10 pass interference calls, Oakland still gives him multiple opportunities to play. When he's not missing time due to injury, Hayden is seen routinely getting beaten by receivers. He recently lost his starting spot to David Amerson who was released by the Washington Redskins earlier this season.
9 Philadelphia Eagles - Sam Bradford
Some would go with DeMarco Murray, but it's not his fault he doesn't fit into the Eagles' offense. Instead, I am going with Bradford because it seems like we have been waiting forever for him to turn into the quarterback many people thought he would be when he was taken first overall in 2010. After missing two out of the previous three seasons due to two torn ACLs, Bradford has been relatively healthy in Philly. Many including Eagles' head coach and GMr Chip Kelly thought would be a good match for his team's option-based offense, has been far below average.
8 Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones
The Steelers keep waiting for their 2013 first round pick to blossom into the pass rushing phenom they thought he would be when they selected him out of the University of Georgia. So far he hasn't delivered with just 5 sacks in 3 seasons. Jones still manages to remain a starter despite the fact that he is taking snaps away form veteran pass rusher expert James Harrison and Arthur Moats, a backup who has more sacks for Pittsburgh despite this being only his second year in the black and gold.
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
Although some people might give this spot to disappointing rookie running back Melvin Gordon, Te'o gets the nod based on all the hype he had coming out of Notre Dame, and his production in this his third NFL season. While injuries have hurt his progress, there's no denying that his overall play has been lacking. The fact that the Chargers used a second round pick in last year's draft on an inside linebacker (Denzel Perryman) the same position as Te'o, just two years after using one on him speaks volumes.
5 San Francisco 49ers - Colin Kaepernick
Another easy one right here. It feels like a million years ago that Colin Kaepernick took the league by storm, made highlight play after highlight play, caused the Niners to bench Alex Smith, and led San Fran to a Super Bowl. Kap has been a shell of his former self the last 2 seasons. His decision-making, lack of confidence, bad throws, and drive-killing interceptions have done more than enough to devastate the franchise and take a lot of the shine off his star.
4 Seattle Seahawks - Russell Okung
The 6th year offensive lineman is the best player on the Seahawks O-Line. Unfortunately for Okung, that is like saying you sell ice in Alaska, as Seattle's front five have been a weak spot for a number of seasons. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is definitely talented, at OSU he won the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year, was a two-time All-American, and made the Pro Bowl as a Seahawk in 2012. He makes the list however, because despite all the accodlates, Okung doesn't dominate opponents, he's injury prone (he has missed a total of 21 games in six seasons), and he and his teammates have given up the 3rd most sacks in the league.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Austin Seferian-Jenkins
I know this might be a little early to put the second year player on this list, but after he broke several receiving records in college and won the John Mackey Award which is given to the nation's best collegiate tight end, a lot was expected out of the former Washington Huskie. Injuries have played a major role in his lack of development, as he has missed more games than he has played in (16 to 14). Even when he is on the field, his production is minimal at best.
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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