Greg Zuerlein and the Most Underrated Weapons in the NFL

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IOctober 5, 2012

Greg Zuerlein and the Most Underrated Weapons in the NFL

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    Whether you call him Young G.Z., Legatron or Greg the Leg, any time a field-goal kicker earns a nickname in the NFL, it's marvelous. 

    St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein has gained national popularity after staying perfect on the year and nailing kicks from over 50 yards with relative ease. 

    A weapon for Jeff Fisher's club? 

    Without a doubt. 

    However, he isn't the only underrated weapon in the NFL. 

    Let's take a closer look at Zuerlein and a few others. 

Alfred Morris

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    Yeah, yeah. 

    Mike Shanahan can never stick with a running back for an entire season. 

    While we still have three months to see how much shuffling he'll do, Alfred Morris has been the guy for the Washington Redskins through four games.

    He's carried the ball at least 16 times in every contest this year and has averaged 94 yards on the ground per outing. 

    Heading into Week 5, the sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards and has provided Robert Griffin III's offense with a steady running force at the season's quarter pole. 

    He is a vastly underrated weapon right now. 

Brian Hartline

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    Your eyes are not deceiving you as you look at's stat page.

    Brian Hartline is leading the league with 455 receiving yards. 

    He absolutely exploded for 253 yards against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, but had a nine-grab, 111-yard effort in the team's win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 as well.

    The fourth-year pro from Ohio State is clearly Ryan Tannehill's favorite target and has demonstrated the same big-play ability he displayed during his time as a Buckeye. 

    While no one is betting on him to finish the year atop the NFL in receiving yards, he's clearly an underrated weapon. 

    Actually, a few more solid outings, and Hartline won't be underrated anymore. 

Connor Barth

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-3, but kicker Connor Barth has been spectacular to start the 2012 season. 

    He has completed all nine of his attempts on the year, including three field goals of over 50 yards. 

    The North Carolina alum crushed two field goals of over 50 yards against the Washington Redskins last week, including a 57-yard bomb. 

    Barth is a weapon for Greg Schiano's offense indeed. 

Phil Dawson

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    Phil Dawson is one of the most established kickers in the NFL and has one of the biggest legs in the league. 

    The fact that he's played his entire career on mainly disappointing Cleveland Browns teams has made him relatively underrated during his time as a professional. 

    He has completed all eight of his field-goal attempts in 2012, including four from over 50 yards. 

    Dawson nailed a 52-yarder in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he'll be called upon many more times for Pat Shurmur's squad this season. 

Greg Zuerlein

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    Zuerlein's legend is not only growing in St. Louis each week, but the entire country is starting to take notice. 

    The 2012 sixth-round choice out of Western Missouri hasn't missed a field goal in 13 attempts this season and has crushed four kicks from over 50 yards out. 

    In a Week 4 win over the Seattle Seahawks, Zuerlein became the first kicker in NFL history to make a 60-plus and 50-plus yarder in the same game. 

    Against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, he launched a 53-yarder through the uprights that would have been good from 63. 

    He is clearly a weapon for the Rams.