NFLís Top 4 underrated defensive players
In a way, some of these players’ lack of publicity can be attributed to their positions on small market teams or that they’re playing for teams who aren’t anywhere title contenders this season.
But while these under rated defensive players have slipped through your radar this article will shine the spotlight on the accomplishments that have slated these players for more.
Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears
Tim Jennings is finally gaining a strong footing on his way to elite cornerback but somehow he’s always been kept to the back drop in the NFL. The former Super Bowl Champion Tim Jennings has intercepted six passes during seven games and is going at 39 tackles this season. Tim Jennings has also successfully defended 13 passes but he fails to make the NFL elite cornerbacks list each time.
However, if Tim Jennings goes anywhere near double-digit interceptions by the end of the year, he can kiss mediocrity goodbye and welcome the spotlight.
Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals
Daryl Washington had a remarkable season so far, amassing 68 tackles and eight sacks, but he’s still hardly considered amongst the best NFL linebackers. While Daryl Washington’s sacks seem typical for an outside linebacker, it is still a remarkable feat considering he plays inside linebacker.
The 26-year-old Daryl Washington seemingly appears an even more underrated player in comparison with a solid Arizona Cardinals defensive lineup.
Daryl Washington was considered to be on a breakout season last year after amassing 100 tackles and five seasons, but I don’t see any preseason to why he can’t out-perform that.
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals may be amongst the teams with top defensive unit in the NFL, but that super-stardom has failed to rub-off on defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
Last season, Geno Atkins had 7.5 sacks in 16 games, but he’s stepped that up with seven sacks in just seven games so far this season.
Geno Atkins’ 22 tackles hardly tell the full story behind disrupting opponent’s running game and is a vital key to the Cincinnati Bengals’ pass rushing game. You can see Geno Atkins’ participation on every play and he actively involves others around him as well.
Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers defensive unit ranks to 10 in the NFL after allowing opponents just 20 points per game and that mark can be greatly attributed to linebacker Donald Butler’s remarkable stats so far in the season.
The San Diego Chargers also boast the second-best run defense in the league after allowing opponents only 79.9 yards the ground per game. Again, Donald Butler’s greatly fast response on the inside linebacker position, primarily responsible for blocking the run, had a huge impact on the San Diego Chargers’ remarkably run defense so far.
The second-year linebacker Donald Butler has 46 tackles and one interception in the season and although it’s too early to predict the direction his career takes, it can be said that the San Diego Chargers have found a diamond in the rough at middle linebacker.