The Most Overrated Player on Each NFL Team

Clint DalyContributor IIDecember 15, 2011

The Most Overrated Player on Each NFL Team

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    Every NFL team has one—that player getting all of the hype but who really isn't producing.

    It could be due to injury, a team's game plan or simply not living up to expectations, but every team has a player that is overrated.

    It may be the aging quarterback in the decline of his career or the rookie linebacker who hasn't panned out yet.

    Let's go through every NFL roster and find the player that is most deserving of the title "Most Overrated."

Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb

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    Kevin Kolb was brought to Arizona from Philadelphia to be the leader and to return the Cardinals to being a contender.

    The Cardinals were hoping the pairing of Kolb with Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald may bring success to Arizona.

    Kolb has struggled this year. He has missed four games due to injury and is just 3-6 as a starter.

    He has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball seven times with just nine touchdowns.

    Kevin Kolb definitely hasn't lived up to expectations.

Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones

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    Julio Jones had a great week this past week against Carolina—three catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

    However, these performances haven't happened very often.

    Jones was drafted out of Alabama in 2011, and Atlanta was hoping he would contribute quickly to make the Falcons receiving corps one of the top in the league.

    Jones has been inconsistent living up to this, at least so far.

    Julio only has 37 catches and four touchdowns.

    Maybe last week was a sign of things to come.

    Or maybe it was just an aberration.

Baltimore Ravens: Lee Evans

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    Lee Evans was traded to the Baltimore Ravens from the Buffalo Bills prior to the preseason.

    Evans was going to stretch the field for the Ravens offense with his speed and deep-play ability.

    Evans just can't seem to stay healthy this season to live up to those notions.

    He has missed seven games due to an ankle injury and has just four catches on the season.

Buffalo Bills: Shawne Merriman

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    The Bills signed outside linebacker Shawne Merriman in 2010 hoping he might help shore up their defense.

    Merriman suffered an Achilles injury in his very first workout with the Bills and has still not healed enough to return.

    The Bills are holding out hope that Merriman will eventually help them.

    But it hasn't happened yet.

Carolina Panthers: Dan Connor

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    Someone has to be blamed for the Panthers' defensive woes.

    The Panthers are giving up nearly 130 yards per game, so that falls on middle linebacker Dan Connor.

    Connor has struggled with some nagging injuries, which clearly haven't helped.

    He has just 58 tackles on the season.

Chicago Bears: Johnny Knox

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    Injuries have plagued the Chicago Bears this season, taking down both starting quarterback Jay Cutler and starting running back Matt Forte.

    That has taken its toll on wide receiver Johnny Knox.

    Knox has just 36 catches for 712 yards and only two touchdowns this season.

    Compared with his 51 catches and nearly a thousand yards a year ago, Knox hasn't had the season the Bears were hoping for this year.

Cincinnati Bengals: Carlos Dunlap

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    The Bengals have been one of the surprises of the season.

    Many were looking at them to be the worst team in the league.

    The Bengals are currently 7-6 and a dangerous team.

    When the Bengals selected Dunlap in the second round of the 2010 draft, they were hoping he would strike fear in the opponents' quarterbacks.

    In his rookie year, he did not disappoint. He had 9.5 sacks despite playing in just 12 games.

    Welcome to the sophomore slump.

    Thus far, Dunlap has just three sacks and only 15 tackles.

Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis

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    Last season, Peyton Hillis led the Browns with 1,177 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

    This season hasn't seen that type of output from Hillis.

    He has missed games due to questionable maladies that have led some to wonder if he is bargaining for a new contract.

    So far, Hillis has just 346 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Madden curse strikes again.

Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo

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    Is there a player who changes our opinion of himself more than Tony Romo?

    One week, he looks like the next great quarterback.

    The next week, he looks like he shouldn't even be in the league.

    When Romo is good, he is very good—and when he is bad, he is terrible.

    His three-interception game against Detroit singlehandedly allowed the Lions to get back in the game and eventually win it.

    Romo may have a little too much Brett Favre in his game.

Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady

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    Sorry, Tebow haters. It's not Tim Tebow. He is producing.

    Ryan Clady was drafted by the Broncos in 2008 and paid immediate dividends.

    He was the first lineman to ever receive Rookie of the Year votes, as he finished third in the voting behind quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Chris Johnson.

    In 2009, Clady set the NFL record for most consecutive games without giving up a sack with 20.

    Clady injured his knee following the 2010 season, and he hasn't quite been the same since.

    In 2010 he gave up 7.5 sacks.

    So far this year he has already given up seven in just 13 games.

    He had four holding penalties the past three years.

    He has five already this year alone.

Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh

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    Forget the game suspensions and penalties.

    Forget that he hurt his team so badly on Thanksgiving Day for the stomping incident.

    The Detroit Lions defense allows 136 yards per game on the ground. That ranks them 27th in the league against the run.

    That shouldn't be the case if you're one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL.

Green Bay Packers: Ryan Grant

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    Hard to pick a player from the Packers this year, as good as they have been.

    Ryan Grant hasn't produced much this season, though.

    Returning from a season-ending injury a year ago, he has just 401 yards and two touchdowns this year.

    That's not even the best rusher on his own team.

Houston Texans: Andre Johnson

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    It really isn't Johnson's fault that he has been injured off and on all season.

    He started out strong this year with 21 receptions through the first three games.

    But then injuries slowed him down or took him out completely.

    He has just 31 catches on the year.

    Owen Daniels is the Texans' leading receiver.

    Need I say more?

Indianapolis Colts: Anyone NOT Named Peyton Manning

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    Can Peyton Manning win the MVP award not playing a down?

    Apparently he should. He had this team in Super Bowl contention the past nine seasons.

    This year? No Peyton.

    No wins.

    You do the math.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcedes Lewis

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    Marcedes Lewis hasn't had a great year. It's not entirely his fault.

    He has a rookie quarterback, and Maurice Jones-Drew has been phenomenal.

    As a result, he hasn't been able to put up the numbers we are used to seeing.

    Last year, he had 58 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

    This year he has 32 catches.

    And he doesn't have a single touchdown.

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel

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    Matt Cassel is currently on injured reserve with a hand injury, but the Chiefs quarterback wasn't playing well when he was healthy.

    He had thrown just 10 touchdowns and had nine interceptions.

    The Chiefs offense was averaging just over 15 points per game and 190 yards passing with Cassel under center.

Miami Dolphins: Brandon Marshall

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    From 2007 to 2009, Brandon Marshall had three straight seasons with more than 100 catches.

    Even last year, he managed to grab 86 passes.

    So far this season, Marshall has just 67 receptions with only four touchdowns.

    He has 11 drops too.

    Maybe Josh McDaniels knew more than we thought.

Minnesota Vikings: Visanthe Shiancoe

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    In 2009, Visanthe Shiancoe hauled in 11 touchdown grabs. He and Brett Favre were on the same page all season, as the Vikings TE served as Favre's safety valve when under duress.

    But it's been all downhill from there.

    Since then, over the last two seasons, he's caught only five touchdown passes, and his route-running in the red zone has been subpar. He's not getting separation from defensive backs, and the Vikings have lacked a consistent receiving target when in deep.

    The Vikings have a great running game, but they need Shiancoe to step up when the team gets in the red zone so they can pick up seven points rather than three.

    Shiancoe still receives credit for his stellar 2009 season. Since then, though, his play has steadily declined.

New England Patriots: Jerod Mayo

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    Jerod Mayo was everywhere in 2010. He led the team with 114 tackles.

    114. Solo.

    175 total.

    He's coming back from a knee injury now and only has 44 solo tackles so far this season.

    The Patriots are giving up 416 yards per game and more than 21 points per game.

    That's not a coincidence.

    If the Patriots are going to make a run in the playoffs this year, they will need Mayo to return to form.

New Orleans Saints: Will Smith

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    Will Smith has been steadily declining. Just two years ago, he had 13 sacks and 49 tackles.

    He currently has just 6.5 sacks and only 29 tackles through 11 games.

    The Saints defense is allowing more than 378 yards per game.

    Their leading tackler on defense is strong safety Roman Harper.

    That's never a good sign.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs

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    Jacobs and Bradshaw split time in the Giants backfield, combining to make up what should be one of the most physical tandems in the league.

    It isn't happening this year.

    The duo have combined for just over 88 yards per game this season.

    That's not what we have come to expect from Giants football.

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

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    Mark Sanchez still hasn't lived up to what we have all expected from him.

    The Jets are the self-proclaimed best team in the AFC, but they have posted just an 8-5 record and are fighting for a playoff spot.

    The Jets offense is averaging just over 205 yards passing per game.

    They are averaging 6.71 yards per pass. That places them at No. 22 in the league.

    Not what you'd expect from a franchise quarterback.

Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

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    The Oakland Raiders were feeling good heading into the 2011 season.

    They had gone undefeated in 2010 against their divisional opponents.

    Then quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a broken collarbone.

    The Raiders made a deal for Carson Palmer.

    There were those who said Palmer might even be an upgrade over Campbell once he shook off the rust.

    The rust is still there, apparently.

    Palmer has thrown for just nine touchdowns while throwing 13 interceptions.

Philadelphia Eagles: Nnamdi Asomugha

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    When Philadelphia signed Nnamdi Asomugha in the offseason, it was thought that it may have the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.

    Asomugha and Asante Samuel would shut down the passing game.

    The Philly defense is giving up nearly eight yards per pass.

    Asomugha has just three interceptions on the year.

    Based on his contract, that's about four million bucks per pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Harrison

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    No one is questioning his talent. No one is questioning his playmaking ability.

    But at some point you do have to question his repeated poor decisions.

    Harrison has now been suspended multiple times by the league office.

    You would hope at some point he would see it's hurting his teammates.

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

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    Every year I think it will be the year the Chargers finally win an important game and become a contender.

    The past few years, it has been the defense that has let them down.

    This year, it has been starting quarterback Philip Rivers.

    He has thrown 17 interceptions, and the Chargers are 6-7.

    Maybe next year?

San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree

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    The 49ers have to be the biggest surprise of the 2011 season.

    They are sitting at 10-3 and have already locked up a playoff spot.

    To be fair to Crabtree, they really don't pass the ball all that much, preferring to play smash-mouth football with running back Frank Gore.

    And when they do throw, quarterback Alex Smith likes to throw to tight end Vernon Davis.

    Still, Crabtree is a threat in the passing game.

    You'd think he'd have more than just two touchdowns.


Seattle Seahawks: Tarvaris Jackson

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    The Seattle Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson to replace aging veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

    So far this season, Jackson has thrown 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

    Meanwhile, the aging veteran Hasselbeck has thrown 15 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.

    That has to hurt.

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

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    Sam Bradford had a rookie season to remember last year.

    Bradford threw 18 touchdowns and led the Rams to a 7-9 record.

    No one has had the sophomore slump like Bradford has.

    Nagged by injuries, and taking a physical beating from opposing defenses, Bradford has struggled.

    The Rams sit at 2-10 so far, and Bradford has thrown just six touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Albert Haynesworth

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    Come on. Who else could it be?

    Haynesworth has gone from Pro Bowl player to getting cut midseason by a team (New England) that is struggling on defense.

    No one questions his ability.

    Just his work ethic.

Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson held out of the preseason for a new contract worth around $53 million over four years.

    When he finally returned, his timing was off, and he has been inconsistent for much of the season.

    He has managed to rush for 875 yards.

    But he has just four touchdowns.

    That's nearly $3.5 million per touchdown.

Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan

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    Okay, I know he's not technically a player.

    But Redskins fans are waiting for the "Mastermind" to show some of the genius that won him two Super Bowls in Denver.

    The Redskins currently rank 31st out of 32 teams in rushing yards, averaging just 94 yards per game.

    In his second year on the job, the Redskins seem to have actually gotten worse.