Green Bay Packers: The 4 Most Overrated Players
The Superbowl champs have a talented team. They have an elite offense and defensive, with depth at almost every position. From Aaron Rodgers to Clay Matthews, the team is stacked with talent. They're picked by many to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Title-town because of their mix of skill, discipline and leadership.
With that being said, there are some positions that could use a little work, and others that are overstocked with overrated, unnecessary players.
Here is the list of the top four most overrated players on the team.
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The Packers made a huge mistake in resigning James Jones to his 3 year, $9 million deal. Being on an explosive offense like the Packers, Jones had 600 yards receiving last year. Yeah, that’s a respectable chunk of yardage, but Jones had many opportunities to make big plays, but just didn't come through. He has average speed, average height, and oh yeah, the guy can’t catch. Remember this?
Who wants to go up 28-10 in the Superbowl anyways? Many experts say that Jones can be a No. 2 receiver in any offense except the Packers, but I don’t see it.
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The dude has talent, at 6'5", 250 lbs, he’s a matchup nightmare. Jermichael Finley can flat out change a game—unless of course he’s on the sideline for the entire year. Many people are saying Finley is one of the best tight ends in the league.
Well folks, I hate to break it to you, but fantasy football is not the same as real football.
Packers TE Andrew Quarless is a much better blocker than Finley, and has actually stayed healthy for an entire year. Finley can make it off this list with a consistent, healthy 2011.
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I understand that this may seem like a popular pick amidst Grant’s rumored appearance on the cutting block, but I have been saying that the fifth year back out of Notre Dame is overrated for years now. Yeah, he had back to back 1200 yard seasons, and that is cool.
Over those two years, Grant averaged 4.2 yards per carry—sounds pretty average to me. Throw in his inability to make a cut, running back vision similar to a fullback, and his average speed and you get a running back that is extremely overrated. By Week 4, the Packers will realize that James Starks has much more talent and potential than Grant, and he will be riding the pine.
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Is it possible to be so underrated that you're overrated? Let me explain. NFL analysts and fans have been saying that Tramon Williams is underrated since halfway through the 2010 regular season. You can't be underrated if people keep talking about you. The thing with Williams is that people kept talking, and talking and talking.
You get the point.
Now, this one hurts because I love Williams. I’m one of the few people to own his jersey, and I rock it for pretty much every Packer game. But to say he is a top five corner in the league (like he was voted in a recent poll on ESPN by fans) is just stupid. Don’t get me wrong, Williams is a great defender, I just believe that he is getting too much credit too fast.
Last year, he had the stats of a great corner—then again, if you’re opposite Charles Woodson and a good cover corner, you’re going to get interceptions. Tramon Williams is a Pro Bowl caliber player, but doesn't deserve to be in the same conversation as Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha and Charles Woodson just yet.
Look for Williams to play excellent this year, but not live up to the hype he has been given—especially if his shoulder injury lingers throughout the year.