Secret superstars are everywhere. These players might not get the credit, but they are integral to the success of the team.
The football analytics website Pro Football Focus has done a series identifying its secret superstar for each team. According to Pro Football Focus, Jamie Collins earned the honor for the New England Patriots in 2013.
The following week in Denver, the Patriots season came to an end, but Collins once again contributed. He did miss a tackle (his third of the year) and was responsible for two first downs and 51 receiving yards to tight end Julius Thomas, but managed to defend a pass to Montee Ball, record six tackles including three stops in run defense, and beat an offensive lineman for a pressure.
It will be interesting to see what a full season of starting playing time with due for Collins’ game, but he certainly won’t be a secret anymore.
Here are my picks for five players who could fill that role in 2014.