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    • michael89156

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      Why these are the NFC’s most underrated players By Brent SobleskiUSA Today SportsMay 31  2014Some NFL players don’t receive enough credit. As organized team activities unfold, here’s a list of the most underrated player on each NFC roster, with the caveat that each hasn’t made the Pro Bowl or been named to an All-Pro team:NFC South rated_zps94f30a9a.jpgCarolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen tries to stiff arm New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry during a game at Bank of America Stadium. (Jeremy Brevard – USA TODAY Sports) Atlanta Falcons: Jonathan Babineaux, DT For nine seasons, Babineaux has been a constant along the Falcons’ defensive line. He’s proven to be a disruptive interior defender. And he was rewarded with a three-year, $9 million contract in the off season. As the 32-year-old lineman enters this season, he has an opportunity to further prove his worth as the Falcons transition from a base 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front. Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen, TE Olsen already led the Panthers in receiving last season with 73 receptions for 816 yards, and his role should expand now that the team’s top four wide receivers left the team. Olsen is already used primarily as a receiver and spends most of his time lined up wide. It allows some leeway to overlook the fact he’s a below average blocker. New Orleans Saints: Junior Galette, LB When the the Saints converted to a 3-4 base defense under coordinator Rob Ryan, the team realized it already had a talented outside linebacker on the roster in Galette. During his first year as a full-time starter, Galette was a terror off the edge with 12 sacks and 12 more quarterback hits. Galette’s sack total was sixth best in the NFL. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demar Dotson, OT While the Buccaneers set out to improve the offensive line during the offseason, they didn’t have to worry about right tackle. Dotson has developed into one of the top strong side blockers in the NFL. Only two right tackles graded higher than Dotson last year, according to ProFootballFocus. Dotson’s size (6-9, 315) makes it difficult for defenders to get around.Why these are the NFC’s most overrated players By Brent SobleskiUSA Today SportsMay 31  2014Some NFL players receive way too much credit. As organized team activities unfold, here’s a list of the most overrated player on each NFC roster.NFC South rated1_zpsdd12284d.jpgAtlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson stiff arms Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis at the Georgia Dome. (Daniel Shirey – USA TODAY Sports) Atlanta Falcons: Steven Jackson, RB Jackson is a three-time Pro Bowler and an eight-time 1,000-yard rusher. However, he isn’t that back anymore. Jackson battled injuries during his first year with the Falcons, and he lacked explosion when he was on the field. His rushing numbers have decreased each of the past four years. Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, RB It’s been five years since Williams ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season — a feat he accomplished only twice in his career. Williams has played in only 16 games once in his career. Yet, Williams carries a $6 million cap hit in 2014, which is the eighth-highest among running backs. New Orleans Saints: Zach Strief, OT Strief may not be a household name, but he was graded as the top right tackle in the NFL last season by ProFootballFocus.com. When Strief hit the free-agent market, he wasn’t paid like a top tackle. Why? Because Strief benefits from Drew Brees’ quick release. And the most important linemen in the Saints’ scheme are the guards. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron, S When a safety is selected with the seventh-overall pick, he’s expected to be a tremendous all-around player. During his two years with the Buccaneers, Barron has proven to be far stronger against the run than in coverage.To view the entire league.....LINK

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    • Anonymous

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      Agree on Dotson. But not Barron. He has been ok, and I will be interested to see how he plays in Lovie’s/ Frazier’s system.  Jury still out on him IMO.

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    • Anonymous

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      Good for Sobleski being able to check out Pro Football Focus. No way he found Dotson on his own, the national media doesn’t pay that much attention.I don't agree with the Barron choice at all. He has steadily gotten better and better over just two years, even after playing in a joke of a defensive scheme and he is ready for a massive breakout season under Lovie.

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    • stonecoldbucsfan

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      I don’t really see anyone saying Barron at this point is any better than a middle of the pack level safety, so I don’t see how they are going to call him overrated.

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