Underrated – Kyle Orton, I don’t know how Orton, who is 31-22 as a starter, is still under the radar. This year he is tearing it up; he is second in passing yards and has 8 TDs and 3 INT’s. He has put up these stats without any big name receivers around him. He has helped put Brandon Lloyd (leads the NFL in receiving yards), Eddie Royal, and Jabar Gaffney all in the top 20 in receiving yards.
Overrated – Carson Palmer, the Bengals loaded up with new receiving talent this year but
Palmer has underwhelmed. Palmer has thrown some costly interceptions this season and led the Bengals to a disappointing 2-3 start.
Best Rookie – Sam Bradford, he came onto the worst team in the NFL and has already led them to 2 wins and they are sitting 2nd in their division right now. I think even the biggest football fan would have a very hard time naming 2 or 3 players on the Rams roster let alone a receiver.
Underrated – LeSean McCoy, in his second year as a pro, and a first year as a starter, McCoy has proved he can be a carry the load and can catch the ball out of the back field. He has done a great job filling the void left by Brian Westbrook.
Overrated – Clinton Portis, has had some injury problems the last 2 years, and has not had a 100+ yard rushing game in almost a year. He is a big name, but ever since he left Denver he has not averaged over 4.3 yards a carry.
Best Rookie – Jahvid Best, has stepped in right away and has become the Lions starter. Even with a sub-par offensive line Best has found success. He has done a really good job catching the ball out of the backfield, he is second out of all RBs in receptions and yards.
Underrated – Malcom Floyd, with Vincent Jackson holding out, Floyd has gotten a chance to be the primary target. The big 6’5” receiver is a deep threat and is averaging 22.6 yards per catch. He is probably going to end up putting up Randy Moss like stats this year, but has not garnered much attention.
Overrated – Dwayne Bowe, his first two years as a pro Bowe dominated and he looked like he was going to be a star. You would think with Todd Haley, who is a pass heavy coach, Bowe would continue to shine, but he has digressed. The Chiefs offense really needs Bowe to step up and be the player he was two years ago.
Best Rookie – Mike Williams, the late third rounder has been a stud leading all rookie receivers in yards, catches and touchdowns. The Josh Freeman –Williams connection could be a dominate combination for a long time to come.
Underrated – Zach Miller, not too many people know how good Miller is other than Raiders fans. Miller had 805 yards receiving last year and is second for all tight ends in receiving yards.
Overrated – Jeremy Shockey, he is a big name player but has not been a playmaker for the Saints like he was in New York. He is probably not even a top 10 tight end anymore.
Best Rookies – Aaron Hernandez, Jermaine Gresham, and Tony Moeaki, All three of these tight ends have made a big impact on their team. Hernandez has shown the ability to run after the catch. Gresham is a big athletic tight end who is a great weapon in the red zone. Moeaki has been a surprise this year, he has quickly become Matt Cassel’s favorite target leading the Chiefs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.