St. Louis Rams: Chris Long and 5 Players Who Don't Get Enough Credit

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

St. Louis Rams: Chris Long and 5 Players Who Don't Get Enough Credit

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    St. Louis Rams Chris Long is having a monster year, but you'd never know it. Long doesn't get nearly enough credit for what he's doing this season for the hapless Rams.

    Every year, a handful of players play out of their mind, yet somehow, they remain unnoticed and go under the national radar.

    It's time to change all that.

Arizona Cardinals: Beanie Wells

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    The Arizona Cardinals are finally getting the kind of season they hoped for when they drafted Beanie Wells in the first round out of Ohio State.

    After a couple of brutal years of fighting injuries, not living up to expectations and generally making Cardinals fans angry that the team wasted another draft pick, Wells is playing well enough to crack the top 10 in the NFL for rushing yards.

    So far this season, Wells has these stats:

    • 201 carries for 916 yards and seven touchdowns

    So, why is nobody talking about him? Wells deserves more credit than he's getting.

Washington Redskins: London Fletcher

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    Washington Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher has gotten used to not getting enough credit for consistently being one of the best at his position.

    Year in and year out, Fletcher is among the NFL league leaders in tackles. The 14-year veteran has collected over 100 tackles in each of his last 11 seasons.

    This year, Fletcher has put together a Pro Bowl campaign through 12 games:

    • 124 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

    I don't hear anyone talking about this guy. This needs to change.

New England Patriots: Kyle Arrington

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    The New England Patriots aren't known for their excellent pass defense, so it's perfectly reasonable to see how Kyle Arrington has been ignored by the media most of the year.

    But it's Week 14. 

    Arrington leads the NFL with seven interceptions, and nobody talks about this guy. What's the deal with that (in my best Jerry Seinfeld impersonation)?

    It's time to give credit where credit is due and give Arrington his proper time in the spotlight.

Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald

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    The Arizona Cardinals are a bad football team. I get it. But that's no reason to forget about the NFL's best wide receiver. 

    Fitzgerald has been largely ignored by the national media due to the fact that he suffers from lack of quarterback syndrome.

    Still, the superstar has done well for himself this year. Consider this: Despite being ranked 23rd in catches (55), Fitzgerald is ranked seventh in total yards (943). He also has six touchdown catches.

    Fitzgerald deserves more credit than he's getting. 

St. Louis Rams: Chris Long

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    Now to the man of the hour.

    St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long is having a phenomenal year, and he's tied for third in the NFL in sacks, with 12.

    Long is hurt, obviously, by the fact that he's playing for a struggling team. The Rams are enduring a ridiculously brutal season, losing what seems like half their team to the IR.

    This shouldn't hinder Long from getting the proper recognition he deserves for a stellar season.

    Chris Long deserves more credit than he's getting, and I hope to change that.