I recently did a post: The Eagles are OVERrated so I was thinking to myself who is UNDERrated on the Giants, by the media at large.
First, is Eli Manning. Everyone who reads here routinely has learned or will learn I’m the biggest Eli Manning apologist in the world. I would take Eli over Big Ben or Philp Rivers in an instant-and I”ve written about this often before: here’s the latest example: How much does the division and the Stadium affect Manning’s numbers?
Let’s just sum it up by saying I’d take Eli because I think he’s in a tougher position (both divisionally, media coverage-wise, and surrounding talent) than either Rivers or Big Ben and has played admirably the past four years. Although, the Giants talent level is catching the other two. Big Ben’s defense has been in the top 5-every year but one since he came into the league-the top defense three times, and the one time they weren’t in the top five they were top ten-and THAT year Big Ben did not make the playoffs. Is that Coincidence, I don’t know. I’ll also tell you the Big Blue defense, for Eli was top TEN-ONCE-and that year they went 12-4 (last season).
And Philp Rivers puts up eye-popping numbers in beauitful San Diego against the Broncos, Raiders, and Cheifs 6 times a year. On top of that he has the least media pressure of the three and the most surrouding talent on both sides of the ball. Throwing out of the backfild to LT and Darren Sproles makes a QB’s job easy. And then to have Gates at TE and then Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers on top of that-please. The defense also has one of the best players in the game-Shawne Merriman. And he’s won nothing, yet.
On top of that only one of these three QB’s has been to the playoffs four consecutive years-and that is Eli Manning.
Also, little know fact=Matt Schauab is a 2004 QB Draft Class darling. His problem is health-he’s been pretty good when healthy. So impress your friends by coming up with a 2004 QB question like which 2004 QB with at least 20 starts (24 for Schaub) has the highest completion percentage and most yards per pass attempt? The Answer is Schaub with 63.5% and 7.6 yards per attempt.
Anyway, enough of that QB information. Eli Manning is Giants player number one who is underrated. Who else?
Did you know that Fred Robbins has 16.5 sacks the past three seasons.
Albert Haynesworth has 16.5 sacks the past three seasons. Kevin Williams has 16.5 sacks the past three seasons
Robbins has 123 tackles in that time span, Kevin Williams has 134 and Haynesworth has 121 tackles in that time span.
Robbins has 2 INT, Kevin Williams has 2 INT, Haynesworth-0.
Robbins has more sacks the past three seaons than Shaun Rogers (14.5), Jay Ratliff (14.5), but he’s ascending, Darnell Dockett (16)
and every other interior defensive linemen in the league except for Tommie Harris (18).
Those are impressive numbers. Is Robbins a better player than any of those listed above? Maybe not, but he’s been as productive if not more so. Fred Robbins is one of the most underrated Defensive tackles in the league, especially as a pass rusher.
Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster
I think it’s hard for either of these players to be underrated, but they have not been to a pro-bowl and they are pro-bowl talent.
I honestly believe Corey Webster is now one of the top 7 Cornerbacks in the National Football League. He’s that good. He really is. Those of you who read regularly will recognize that I have posted two or three times Corey Webster’s DVOA (defense value over average) and showed you that Webster has been more productive against number one WR’s last year, all but four other players. That’s good.
Webster needs to get his hands on more passes for interceptions, though. Good in run support, great in man coverage (yikes! in zone, at least early in his career, he’s getting a little better at zone too).
Brandon Jacobs has 2,000 yards rushing the past two seasons and has AVERAGED 5.0 yards per carry (impressive for that many carries).
Last year Jacobs also became the goal-line express train the team was waiting for him to be when he punched it in the end zone 15 times.
What Jacobs does not do well is catch the ball out of the backfield.
No running back in the league sets the tone for a team like Brandon Jacobs does, he’s a pro-bowl player and both Jacobs and Webster should be on pro bowl teams next year. I think Jacobs is a little less underrated than Webster is, but hopefully both earn their pro bowl appearances this season.
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