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    That's accurate. Brandon Moore has developed into a great guard over the past few years. Should have been in a pro bowl or two, buts its extremely tough to break in as an o-lineman because the casual fans don't pay attention to o-line play, and just vote for the big name guys.

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    Was doing this too difficult?

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    Roscoe Parrish, receiver/punt returner: For five years, Parrish practically begged to be thrown the ball. He made the most of his touches, becoming one of the most dangerous punt returners in the NFL and setting franchise records.

    Bills receiver Roscoe Parrish caught 33 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns last season.
    But his listed position was wide receiver, and in the Bills' passing game under head coaches Mike Mularkey and Dick Jauron, the undersized Parrish always seemed to be an afterthought.

    That changed last year under new coach Chan Gailey. He played just eight games because of a broken wrist, but Parrish caught 33 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage was the most of his career. His touchdowns tied a career high. Two more receptions would have matched a career high.

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    Kendall Langford, defensive end: On a defense with sack master Cameron Wake, the NFL's highest-paid linebacker in Karlos Dansby, franchise-tagged nose tackle Paul Soliai and Pro Bowl defensive end Randy Starks, a guy like Langford can get overlooked.

    Langford, a 2008 third-round pick out of Hampton, has been a starter since his rookie season. Last year, after he gained national fame for being the sap who lost a $50,000 earring on the Dolphins' practice field, Langford produced a quality season for one of the NFL's better defenses. He notched 47 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and four passes defensed.

    Langford is adept at controlling blockers and was a major reason the Dolphins ranked seventh in run defense (100.1 yards per game) and third in average allowed per carry (3.6 yards).

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    Gary Guyton, linebacker: Guyton started only eight games at linebacker last season, and half of those were necessitated by Brandon Spikes' four-game suspension. Even so, Guyton made a mark on the Patriots' defense. The undrafted third-year pro from Georgia Tech recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for another touchdown).

    2011 Underrated Team
    John Clayton built a team of good players performing under the radar who deserve recognition. Clayton

    "Gary is someone that fits in our system very well no matter what that role is," Patriots linebackers coach Matt Patricia said during the playoffs. "He's a very [versatile] player for us. He does an excellent job in whatever avenue we ask him to prepare and play. I think he is a guy who is active and plays for us every Sunday, and whatever that role is, he's going to go out and do it to the best of his ability. Itís something that we have a lot of confidence in."

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    Brandon Moore, right guard: The Jets' offensive line has had remarkable star power over the past few seasons. Nick Mangold is an All-Pro center. Left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson went to the Pro Bowl last season. Right tackle Damien Woody has been to the Pro Bowl and owns Super Bowl rings. Alan Faneca, the Jets' left guard in 2008 and 2009, went to nine straight Pro Bowls.

    Then there was Moore, an undrafted and often-overlooked workhorse. "Meat," as he's affectionately known by his teammates, has started 105 straight regular-season games. He was a third alternate for the Pro Bowl last year but still hasn't made it to one. In the Jets' locker room, he's respected enough to be a union representative.

    "It's a shame that Brandon doesn't get as much of a nod as he deserves," Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said last season. "You'd be hard-pressed to find a better guard than him in all of football."

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    Jesus Christ, for the love of humanity. PLEEEAAASE. PLEASE post the article.

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    fyi :

    ~ ~ Clayton's All-Underrated Team

    POS Player
    WR Steve Breaston, Cardinals
    WR Jacoby Ford, Raiders
    TE Brent Celek, Eagles
    LT Doug Free, Cowboys
    LG Rob Sims, Lions
    C Chris Myers, Texans
    RG Josh Sitton, Packers
    RT Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots
    QB Kyle Orton, Broncos
    FB Marcel Reece, Raiders
    RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
    DE Charles Johnson, Panthers
    DT Terrance Knighton, Jaguars
    DT Antonio Garay, Chargers
    DE James Hall, Rams
    OLB Shaun Phillips, Chargers
    MLB James Laurinaitis, Rams
    OLB David Hawthorne, Seahawks
    CB Brent Grimes, Falcons
    CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs
    S Dashon Goldson, 49ers
    S Nate Allen, Eagles

    rest of article :
    > http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...ohn&id=6648025

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    for those who are not retarded in denmark


    Underrated, but strong up the middleEven without former Pro Bowlers and first-round picks, this is one stout teamEmail Print Comments111 By John Clayton
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    The All-Underrated list on offense includes Raiders WR Jacoby Ford, a star-in-the-making, and two Eagles -- TE Brent Celek and RB LeSean McCoy. The strongest part of this All-Underrated Team is up the middle.

    Chris Myers of the Houston Texans is a center who draws plenty of praise from scouts around the league. Josh Sitton of the Green Bay Packers is emerging as one of the next top guards. Terrance Knighton is an anchor in the middle of the Jaguars' defensive line, and Antonio Garay came out of nowhere to become a force at nose tackle for the San Diego Chargers.

    To come up with this list, I tried to stay away from Pro Bowl selections and former first-round picks. This isn't the next group of breakout players -- these are good players performing under the radar who deserve recognition.

    For quarterback, I had no choice but to go with Kyle Orton. He was a winner in Chicago with the Bears and was on pace for a possible 5,000-yard season until the Broncos dropped off as a team under Josh McDaniels and Tim Tebow was given some starts.


    Clayton's All-Underrated Team
    POS Player
    WR Steve Breaston, Cardinals
    WR Jacoby Ford, Raiders
    TE Brent Celek, Eagles
    LT Doug Free, Cowboys
    LG Rob Sims, Lions
    C Chris Myers, Texans
    RG Josh Sitton, Packers
    RT Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots
    QB Kyle Orton, Broncos
    FB Marcel Reece, Raiders
    RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
    DE Charles Johnson, Panthers
    DT Terrance Knighton, Jaguars
    DT Antonio Garay, Chargers
    DE James Hall, Rams
    OLB Shaun Phillips, Chargers
    MLB James Laurinaitis, Rams
    OLB David Hawthorne, Seahawks
    CB Brent Grimes, Falcons
    CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs
    S Dashon Goldson, 49ers
    S Nate Allen, Eagles
    Orton's better than people think. He's smart. He's accurate. He can move an offense. Because he's not mobile and not a big name, he seems the quarterback the front office always wants to replace. He'll never be elite, but you have to special to be elite.

    Nevertheless, Orton is good enough to compete with the elite quarterbacks and not be embarrassed. If the Arizona Cardinals can't acquire Kevin Kolb in a trade, they can go after Orton and significantly upgrade their offense.

    Some members of the underrated team are free agents. Doug Free of the Cowboys played well enough replacing Flozell Adams at left tackle that he should get a nice contract from Jerry Jones. The Cowboys can't afford to let him go. Steve Breaston of the Cardinals played in the shadow of Larry Fitzgerald, but he's had 179 catches over the past three seasons.

    Most impressive is he caught 77 passes for 1,006 yards in 2008 as the third receiver behind Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

    Defensive end Charles Johnson of the Carolina Panthers could command top dollar after a 11.5-sack season on a 2-14 team. Johnson had 10 sacks over his first three seasons as a backup and situational pass-rusher. He's only 24, and he's played four seasons.

    Some of these underrated players are classic overachievers. David Hawthorne of the Seahawks was a top special-teams player, but injuries at the Seahawks linebacking corps gave him starts. Hawthorne made the most of them. He's had 117 and 106 tackles over the past two seasons and continues to get better each year.

    James Hall of the St. Louis Rams has been performing under the radar his entire career. Because he's played on losing teams in Detroit and St. Louis, few have noticed him. Last year, he had 10.5 sacks, his second double-digit sacks season. Though he isn't particularly known for his pass rush, Hall has 57 sacks during his career.

    I tried to get a few rookies on the list. Nate Allen of the Philadelphia Eagles came into the league last season in what was a pretty good class of safeties in 2010. Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs immediately established himself as a star. Earl Thomas of the Seahawks is heading in the same direction. But Allen, a second-round choice, established himself early as a starter -- and a good one -- for Andy Reid.

    Jacoby Ford averaged 18.8 yards a catch for the Raiders, giving Al Davis the deep speed he thought he would get from Darrius Heyward-Bey. Hue Jackson said this week Ford could be a star.

    The deepest position on the underrated team was cornerback. Brandon Flowers of the Chiefs came into the league with Brandon Carr in what was a great draft class for the Chiefs in 2008. Carr was the man-to-man specialist. Flowers was more of a Cover 2 corner, who could read a quarterback and close on the ball to make an interception or tackle. Brent Grimes of the Falcons has had to play harder than his peers because he was undrafted, but he has fought off competition to be a starter.

    But to go with Flowers and Grimes, I had to pass on Jerraud Powers of the Colts, who might make a Pro Bowl sometime in the future.

    Two Eagles made the offensive list -- tight end Brent Celek and running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy has been the perfect replacement for Brian Westbrook. Celek nosed out Kevin Boss of the Giants for the tight end spot.


    John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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