The most overrated player on each of the Commanders’ NFC East rivals
By Jerry Trotta
The NFC East figures to be a three-team race in 2022. With the Giants in the first year of a rebuild, the Washington Commanders, Cowboys and Eagles figure to slug it out for the division crown after each club improved this offseason.
Despite losing several key players, the Cowboys should be regarded as the favorites to repeat as division champs. With that said, the Eagles and Commanders, albeit to a lesser extent, have both closed the gap. With each team playing a relatively easy schedule in 2020, there’s no telling how the NFC East will play out.
The division’s reputation has taken a hit over the years, and understandably so after Washington won it with a 7-9 record two years ago. Like any division, however, the NFC East is home to countless established stars and superstars.
On the flip side, the division is also home to several players whose standing as elite players is grossly overblown. In this article, we’ll take a look at each of the Commanders’ NFC East rivals most overrated player.
The most overrated player on the Commanders’ NFC East rivals
3. James Bradberry
The Eagles had numerous candidates here. Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders and Haason Reddick were all considered, but we went with Bradberry. Folks have done nothing but wax poetic about Philly’s offseason and rightly so, and it continued after they won the Bradberry sweepstakes following his Giants release.
While Bradberry is an excellent fit opposite shutdown corner Darius Slay, the former defender is massively overrated. In a vacuum, Bradberry has been very ordinary outside of his Pro Bowl season with New York in 2020.
That year, he posted a 79.8 coverage grade from PFF and allowed just a 56.4 completion rate on 76 targets. In every other year, however, the former 28-year-old has logged a combined 64.5 coverage grade and allowed a 88.2 passer rating.
While respectable numbers, they’re not indicative of an elite cornerback. Just ask Terry McLaurin, who’s dominated his matchups vs the newly-minted Eagle. Yes, Bradberry’s 2020 campaign was sensational, but recency bias propelled him into the conversation of shutdown CBs that he has no business being a part of.
Sorry, Eagles fans (not really), but one phenomenal season coupled with several average years is the definition of overrated.