In the NFL, you hear the term “overrated” is thrown around almost at will. Great corner gets burned badly a couple times? Oh, he’s overrated. Quarterback has a good few weeks but then falls back to earth by throwing three picks in a game? Yeah, he wasn’t that good.
The word “underrated,” however, is thrown out much less frequently. By definition, I guess it would have to. But even when pundits talk about “surprising” or “improving” players, they’re still never underrated so to speak.
So what does underrated really mean?
The word defines two types of players: those who are “functionally” underrated guys who don’t show up in the stat sheets but are sparkplugs for their team and those who play at a high level all (or most) of the time and put up good numbers but are less publicized than their sexier counterparts. I like to call the second group the “forgotten” underrated.
The Eagles have a handful of guys who fit into both categories, but these five are the cream of the crop.