The NFL’s 10 most underrated offensive players for 2016

On each side of the ball, there are guys who garner most of the attention. The Tom Bradys, the Odell Beckhams, the Adrian Petersons. It’s not wrong, but that’s just the way it is, given their success in the NFL.

There are, however, plenty of players who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Whether it’s because of where they play, or that their team is terrible, underrated players are littered throughout the league.

These are the 10 most underrated offensive players in the NFL entering the 2016 season.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) is tackled in the fourth quarter by New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung (23) and cornerback Michael Butler (21) at Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins have been somewhat of a mess in recent years. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been the franchise quarterback they paid him to be, and the defense is full of holes on all three levels. One player who’s played with unmatched heart and toughness week in and week out is Jarvis Landry. Not only does he go full speed each play, but he’s incredibly talented, too. Landry set the NFL record for the most receptions in a player’s first two seasons. In that span, he’s hauled in 194 passes, while his 110 last year were fourth in the NFL.

Despite his record-breaking production, he doesn’t attract nearly as much national attention as he should. Playing in Miami for the stagnant Dolphins doesn’t help, but another impressive season in 2016 should help his exposure. Without Landry, Tannehill wouldn’t be nearly as productive as he has been, and the Dolphins would have at least two fewer wins each season. He’s currently the Dolphins’ MVP entering this season and has a good chance to make another Pro Bowl on offense and/or special teams.

Terron Armstead, OT, New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints tackle Terron Armstead (72) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium.

Terron Armstead was a selection made by the Saints in the third round of the 2013 draft mainly based on potential. It didn’t take Armstead long to realize his capability and future as an NFL left tackle, taking over as the starter in 2014. Since then, he’s thrived as the team’s anchor on the left side. Considering the position he plays isn’t a “glamour” position like wide receiver or running back, Armstead doesn’t get much attention outside of New Orleans. But there’s little doubt he deserves to be discussed among the best tackles in the league. Without him at left tackle, Drew Brees wouldn’t have nearly the time he has to throw, which is a testament to Armstead’s effectiveness and pass-blocking ability.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown pass in front of Kendrick Lewis #23 and Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Prior to getting injured in Week 8, Keenan Allen was on a torrid pace and was among the league leaders in just about every receiving category. He had 67 catches for 725 yards in just eight games, which put him on track for 134 receptions and 1,450 yards. Those numbers would have put him up there with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown despite playing for a terrible Chargers team. Though it’s hardly his fault, Allen doesn’t usually get discussed among the elite receivers in the game today due to injuries. Entering his fourth NFL season, Allen hopes to stays healthy for all 16 games, something he’s been unable to do thus far. If he does, surpassing 100 receptions will be a piece of cake, as will making his first Pro Bowl.

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