The Most Overrated NFL Player on Each Team's Current Roster

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIMay 14, 2012

The Most Overrated NFL Player on Each Team's Current Roster

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    When I think of overrated, I immediately think of Tony Romo.

    Why? I'm not quite sure. I'm not a Romo hater or a hater of the Dallas Cowboys, I just think he's all stats and then when it's crunch time, he fails miserably. 

    If you don't agree, then answer this: What has Tony Romo done in the playoffs?


    In that spirit, let's take a look at the most overrated NFL player on each team's current roster. 

Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb

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    It certainly appears that after just one season, the Arizona Cardinals vastly overpaid for quarterback Kevin Kolb when they sent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

    As the team's new franchise quarterback, Kolb failed miserably as he posted just an 81.1 quarterback rating in only nine games while completing 57.7 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

    Another interesting note about Kolb is that he went 3-6 in those nine games as a starter and has a career 6-10 record as a starter. It's time to start questioning whether or not this guy is a winner.

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan

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    When will Matt Ryan finally break out as an elite quarterback? We've been waiting for four seasons now and he's yet to pass the 30-touchdown mark in a single season.

    Putting his stats aside, Ryan is a winner as he's gone 43-19 as a starter in the regular season. Remember, though, that's the regular season.

    When Ryan is in the playoffs, let's just say he falls flat on his face. 

    Ryan is a career 0-3 in the postseason. 

Baltimore Ravens: Anquan Boldin

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    The Baltimore Ravens are a tough team to pick an overrated player, as it could go either between Joe Flacco or Anquan Boldin—but I'm going with Boldin.

    What has Boldin done with the Ravens, aside from underachieving?

    Boldin's final season with the Arizona Cardinals, he caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards and four touchdowns. Since then in the two seasons with Baltimore, Boldin hasn't caught 70 or more passes in a season, hasn't racked up 1,000 receiving yards and hasn't really been as dominant as he once was with the Cardinals.

    Can you say overrated? 

Buffalo Bills: Stevie Johnson

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    The way Stevie Johnson carries himself, you'd think that he's a superstar. Well, he's not—he's far from it.

    Granted, Johnson did catch 76 passes for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago for the Buffalo Bills, but those numbers are far away from being considered elite. 

Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton

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    Why is everyone practically labeling Cam Newton as an elite quarterback after just one season? I'm not buying it.

    The only thing impressive that Newton did in 2011 was surpass 4,000 yards passing. Other than that, it's all overrated.

    Why is that? Simply because the Panthers put the ball in Newton's hands—that's why he punched in 14 touchdowns, rather than DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart. 

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler

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    Jay Cutler has all the talent in the world, but when is he going to start playing like an elite quarterback?

    I will say one thing: He hasn't had any decent wide receivers to throw to over the past few seasons—but he does this year.

    With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery now on the roster, it's time for Cutler to go big or go home. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton

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    The hype about Andy Dalton is actually starting to get annoying right now. 

    Yes, Dalton has a pretty solid rookie season as he threw for 20 touchdowns and posted an 80.4 quarterback rating.

    Let's get back to reality for a second, though: Those stats aren't that great after all. They're decent. 

Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson

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    I think Trent Richardson hasn't even played his first snap in the NFL—and that's my whole point.

    Everyone is acting like Richardson is the next great running back and that he's the next Adrian Peterson. Well, let's just wait a second here. If you ask me, Richardson isn't anything close to A.P.

    However, we'll have to see how well he plays in his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns and their incredibly beefed-up offensive line. 

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo

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    I already touched upon Tony Romo in the intro, so I'm not going to say much more.

    Let's just leave it at this: What has Romo done in the playoffs? 

    Absolutely nothing. He's a choke artist and a fraud. 

Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas

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    It's almost like Demaryius Thomas drops a pass every single game.

    He has all the talent in the world but has yet to develop into a top-tier wide receiver.

    All in all, the only thing we really know Thomas for is his game-winning touchdown in this year's playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh

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    Perhaps 2011 was a case of the sophomore slumps for Ndamukong Suh? Who knows.

    Suh's production was done in a big way this past season as he racked up just 36 tackles and only four sacks. Compare that to his rookie season when he racked up 66 tackles and 10 sacks. 

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

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    How can I say the 2011 NFL's MVP is overrated?

    Well, Aaron Rodgers is. It's as simple as that. 

    Rodgers did throw 45 touchdowns and posted a stellar 122.5 quarterback rating in 2011, but he does have one the deepest and most talented wide receiver corps to throw to.

    Oh, and not to mention, he did choke in the playoffs against the New York Giants despite losing just one game all season. 

    And before I forget, remember Matt Flynn's last game as a Green Bay Packer? He threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns, which is something Rodgers failed to do all season. 

Houston Texans: Andre Johnson

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    I hate to say it, but I do not consider Andre Johnson elite after all.

    All in all, I don't even think he's that valuable to the Houston Texans, as Matt Schaub is far more valuable to the team than Johnson. Just look at how T.J. Yates struggled in the playoffs and how the entire team hit a slump without Schaub at quarterback. 

Indianapolis Colts: Austin Collie

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    The hype around Austin Collie is unreal—you'd think he's the next great wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts.

    I'm not falling for it, though. Collie is a middle-of-the-road wide receiver that was simply a product of a system that was once known as Peyton Manning

Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcedes Lewis

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    I'm beginning to think that Marcedes Lewis is just a one-year wonder.

    Lewis has a very solid 2010 season as he caught 10 touchdowns but failed to catch a single touchdown in 2011.

    Now that's what we call overrated and a complete fraud. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe

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    Many consider Dwayne Bowe an elite wide receiver.

    Well, I don't. Yes, Bowe is pretty productive and a solid No. 1 wide receiver, but he's far from being an elite wide receiver. 

    All in all, Bowe is best suited as a No. 2 wide receiver on a talented offense where he can be utilized as a red-zone target. 

Miami Dolphins: Reggie Bush

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    I don't care how many players Reggie Bush jumps over—I just don't think he's an every-down running back.

    Go ahead and tell me that Bush ran for a 1,000 yards in 2011, but remember, he barely made that mark as he ran for 1,086 yards.

    I don't find that all that impressive. 

Minnesota Vikings: Jerome Simpson

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    So Jerome Simpson can jump over someone? Wow, that's cool and all, but is he really that good?


    Simpson is average, at best.

    In 2011 for the Cincinnati Bengals, Simpson caught 50 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns. Those aren't top-tier numbers. 

New England Patriots: Chad Ochocinco

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    Chad Johnson—not Ochocinco, because I refuse to call him that because I'm not 12 years old—was a huge bust in 2011 for the New England Patriots. 

    Johnson caught only 15 passes and one touchdown in 15 games for the Patriots despite playing with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Tom Brady

New Orleans Saints: Will Smith

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    At least for right now, Will Smith has been suspended for four games in 2012 due to the bounty scandal—and he's very overrated. 

    Despite Smith's huge 2009 season when he posted 13 sacks, he has failed to even come close to that number ever since then as he has a combined 12.5 sacks in the past two seasons. 

    He's not the same as he used to be. 

New York Giants: Victor Cruz

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    Let me just say this: For all we know, Victor Cruz could be a one-year wonder.

    Don't get me wrong. I am a huge Cruz fan, but let's slow done a little bit and wait and see how he plays in 2012 without Mario Manningham. 

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

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    Mark Sanchez is overrated and all I have to say is: Tebow time! Tebow time! Tebow time!

Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

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    Carson Palmer is old and washed up—just like Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, but Palmer isn't going to fight against Ivan Drago. 

    Either way, Palmer isn't the same as he used to be and should not be in the future plans for the Oakland Raiders. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick is talented and a very exciting player, but he's not worth $100 million.

    That was a huge mistake by the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Vick is simply overrated as he's all flash and doesn't show up well in the playoffs. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison

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    Don't get me wrong, James Harrison is a very talented pass-rusher, but he isn't a household name.

    The only reason why we know the name "James Harrison" is because of his illegal fits and numerous amounts of fines.

    If it weren't for that, then Harrison would just be forgettable. 

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

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    Much like Tony Romo, Philip Rivers is all stats and simply can't win in the playoffs.

    So why should we give him any credit? He's just an overrated quarterback with a ton of talent and a ton of talent surrounding him. 

San Francisco 49ers: Dashon Goldson

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    I don't know why, but I just don't think Dashon Goldson is all that good.

    For starters, he plays in a defense that is stacked with talent with guys like Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Carlos Rogers and Aldon Smith.

    Goldson is a product of the system. 

Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice

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    Well, Sidney Rice really fall flat on his face in his first season with the Seattle Seahawks. Rice caught just 32 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns while playing in only nine games.

    I guess the biggest reason why Rice is overrated is because he can never manage to stay healthy. 

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

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    I really hope that 2011 was just a sophomore slump year for Sam Bradford as I would really love to see him succeed in the NFL.

    Either way, Bradford wasn't all that great his rookie season, despite everyone thinking he was, as he tossed just 18 touchdowns and posted a 76.5 quarterback rating.

    That simply isn't all that impressive.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LeGarrette Blount

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    LeGarrette Blount is a massive running back that can truck over just about anyone, but he is far from being an every-down running back. And that's why he's overrated.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers realized that this past season as he ran for just 781 yards and five touchdowns, which led them to drafting Doug Martin out of Boise State in the first round of this year's draft. 

Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson

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    So much for being known as CJ2K, right?

    Chris Johnson is a complete fraud as he held out all of training camp and the preseason last season just to get a new deal. 

    Johnson did manage to run for 1,000-plus yards, but he averaged only 4.0 yards per carry compared to his career average of 4.8 yards per carry.

    All in all, CJ2K is a fraud and vastly overrated. 

Washington Redskins: Pierre Garcon

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    Pierre Garcon has all the speed in the world and was the only Indianapolis Colt that really succeeded this last season without Peyton Manning, but I still think he's overrated.

    Why? Because the Washington Redskins coughed up $42.5 million for him when he's just an above-average wide receiver that can make plays with the ball in his hand. 

    Pierre Garcon is not worth that kind of money.