NFL Network recently compiled a list of the five most underappreciated players in the NFL and two Tennessee Titans made the list.
One of the names won’t be a surprise to Titans fans and the other name is a new addition.
Wide receiver Adam Humphries, one of Jon Robinson’s big off-season acquisitions, is listed as the No. 5 most underappreciated player in the NFL, while safety Kevin Byard came in at No. 2.
NFL Network pointed out that only two wide receivers with more than 100 targets in 2018 had a higher reception percentage than Humphries. They also mentioned that Humphries “was able to get at least five feet from defenders at the time the ball arrived at the fifth-highest rate” as another reason the veteran wide receiver isn’t appreciated enough.
As for Byard, NFL Network pointed out that among safeties, Byard “allowed the second-fewest yards to opposing ball carriers when he was in on a tackle”. His versatility and the fact that teams avoided throwing near him in 2018 (he faced 54 targets in 2017 and only 32 in 2018) is another factor for Byard’s recognition as one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL.
Humphries received a nice payday (four year deal worth $36 million) this off-season, so it says a lot that NFL Network still considers him underappreciated.
Byard, however, won’t be underappreciated for long. The former Middle Tennessee standout is set to become a free agent after the 2019 season. The Titans likely won’t allow Byard to reach free agency. A rich extension for one of the team’s best defensive players is almost a certainty.
And after Byard receives that big extension, it will be impossible to consider him underappreciated.
Hopefully he enjoyed his short stint on this list.
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