Most Underrated Offensive Players In The NFL
Underrated Offensive Players In The NFL
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Here are some of the most underrated offensive players heading into the NFL season.
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Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders – Once again, the Oakland Raiders have no reliable quarterback leading the way, as they gave Terrelle Pryor and others a shot only to watch them fail. Still, Rod Streater managed to haul in 60 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Streater is entering just his third NFL season and already has 99 career catches for more than 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. Um, and who is his quarterback again? Many believe the Raiders are a mess on both sides of the ball and need to upgrade all of their positions. However, Streater gives the Raiders offense life and hope for the future if the quarterback question can get answered.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins – Charles Clay is listed as a tight end, but he’s more of Mr. versatility for the Miami Dolphins offense. Last season, Clay ran the ball seven times, returned a couple of kickoffs and caught 69 passes for 759 yards and touchdowns. There was not much Clay didn’t do for the Dolphins, often lining up all over the field and somehow hauling in the big catches to help move the chains for the fish. Clay can play running back, fullback, slot receiver and tight end. He’s a matchup nightmare and should have another solid season this year for the Dolphins.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys – Everybody knows who Tony Romo is by now and that he’s an accomplished quarterback. However, every time something goes wrong on the Dallas Cowboys, Romo receives much of the blame. Romo has completed more than 63 percent of his passes the last five seasons and has topped 30 passing touchdowns in two of his last three seasons. Romo also gives you those two or three plays a game where he pulls something out of his backside and creates something out of nothing. The Cowboys could do a lot worse than Romo at quarterback. Does he still make crucial mistakes at times? Sure. But you can count on one hand how many true elite quarterbacks there are in the NFL.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers – Like Charles Clay, Danny Woodhead does a little bit of everything for his team and receives little to no credit. Last season, Woodhead ran the ball for 429 yards and two touchdowns, while hauling in 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns. Oh, Woodhead also made plays on special teams as well. There’s really nothing the 5’8” running back can’t accomplish, and he’s quickly become the Chargers secret weapon a lot like Darren Sproles used to be back in the day. Woodhead may never get close to 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, but his all-around production really helps a football team win games. Woodhead is an extremely valuable player and underrated.
Matt Slauson, OL, Chicago Bears – Even with just one season with the Chicago Bears, Slauson can get lost in the shuffle of the Bears shaky offensive line that allows Jay Cutler to get hit countless times throughout a game. But Slauson shouldn’t be confused with the rest of the guys, as he was actually the main blocker for the Bears last season, paving the way for another 1,000-yard season from Matt Forte. In fact, Forte had his best season last year with 1,339 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, which wasn’t a coincidence. The Bears offensive front is much better off with Slauson leading the way.