With preseason in full swing, everyone in the NFL is hopeful. Even the squads that will inevitably be sulking at the bottom of the league come December have fans right now saying, “I think we could make a run at the playoffs.” Gotta love the optimism that the parity of the NFL engenders.
But the reality is that none of us -- regardless of how much offseason reading material we’ve consumed -- really knows what will happen. Some teams will surprise; others will disappoint. Just look at last year’s AFC South. Who could’ve seen the Texans and Colts rising to the top of the division while the Jaguars plummeted to the basement at 5-11?
Actually, we probably should have had an idea expectations for those three teams were off. Indy and Houston had two of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Jacksonville had Blake Bortles, who, while not considered a star by any means, still had managed to develop a generous reputation (a competent game manager!). After tossing 13 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with a QBR of 79.8 in 2018, Bortles is now the Rams’ backup -- a much more fitting role.
Though surprises are inevitable again this season, we’re here to share our perception on the most overrated and underrated players in the game heading into the 2019-20 season. This is not to say that the guys on our overrated list are bad players -- just that their play hasn’t warranted their reputation. Similarly, it’s not to say that the underrated guys are absolute stars -- just that they deserve more love from the general public.
Here are five players we see fitting into each category.