Random notes around the NFC East: Overrated/underrated, the terrifying David Amerson, Eagles stadium renovations, and Cowboys player/coaches

Redskins

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has a good read on taking risks with 3rd round picks. He has interesting notes on a number of players drafted in the third round this year (including Damontre Moore). Definitely worth checking out. Unrelated to that portion of his column, Pompei also talked about the Redskins’ secondary:

The Redskins like ball skills in their defensive backs. They really like ball skills in their defensive backs. Cornerback Dave Amerson, whom they chose in the second round, had 18 college interceptions. And safety Bacarri Rambo, whom they chose in the sixth, had 16 picks at Georgia. They will fit in well in a secondary that features cornerback DeAngelo Hall (39 career interceptions, including an NFL record-tying four in one game), cornerback Josh Wilson (13 career interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns) and safety Brandon Meriweather (13 career interceptions). “This isn’t new, but turnovers are key,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen told me. “We liked Amerson and Rambo. We liked their playmaking abilities. The fact they created turnovers makes you like them a little better than others who may have been similarly talented otherwise.” He pointed to the fact that Rambo is a former quarterback, and quarterbacks turned defensive backs usually have good ball skills. As for Amerson, he said, “He had a phenomenal year a couple years ago. I don’t know if it will translate into the NFL immediately, but he has traits you look for.”

David Amerson is going to be fascinating to watch. I did a 3-part breakdown series on Amerson (Part I, Part II, Part III), and he was extraordinarily fun to watch, because he was so simultaneously awesome and awful. If I were a fan of a team with nothing to lose, say, like, the Jaguars… I would be extremely anxious to see him get out on the field and make some big plays. Conversely, if I were a fan of a team coming off a division title, I’d be terrified to see him out there gambling and giving up big plays.

Giants

Pete Prisco of CBS called Justin Tuck the most overrated player in the NFL. I’m not linking to it, because that’s just stupid. Justin Tuck is no longer a dominant player, but I don’t see anyone claiming that he still is.

Anyway, here would be my most overrated-underrated players for each team:

Giants

Overrated: Chris Snee – Snee was bad in 2011, although he played a lot better in 2012. When offensive linemen make names for themselves, they’re often thought of as great players for the rest of their careers, regardless of how well they’re actually playing. I think there’s a little of that going on with Snee. He is still an above average NFL OG, but he’s not the stud he used to be.

Underrated: Prince Amukamara – He made my 1st team NFC East Preseason All American squad. It took a little while for me to come around on Prince, but every time I’ve watched the Giants this offseason, I rarely see him making mistakes. I’m not sure he gets enough credit.

Cowboys

Overrated: Tyron Smith – He has all the tools to be awesome, and at any moment maybe he will be. But his hype far outweighs his actual play so far. And just for fun, let’s re-open that Jason Witten can of worms again.

Underrated: Tony Romo – I know it’s kind of weird to put him here, considering he’s the 5th highest paid player in the league, but I’m talking about fan perception. Romo is often looked at as some sort of scrub, but he’s the only reason the Cowboys were competitive at all last season.

Eagles

Overrated: Michael Vick – It’s comical to me that the national media has crowned Michael Vick the starter this season, and to suggest otherwise is a ridiculous notion. Vick stunk last year. Stunk diddly unk.

Underrated: DeSean Jackson – It’s almost as if people have forgotten the kind of unique skill Jackson has. He’s fast as hell and in my opinion, still a very real threat to break a game open in one play. For example, this list at NFL.com has him ranked as the 31st best receiver in the league, behind guys like Cecil Shorts. It’s not like Jackson even had a bad season last year. Had he not missed 5 games, he was on pace for a 1000 yard season, and he had just 1 drop, according to PFF. The Eagles offense was an unmitigated disaster last year, but Jackson wasn’t part of the problem.

Redskins

Overrated: DeAngelo Hall – Yeah, yeah, I know… He had a good game against Dez Bryant last year. Good for DeAngelo. He still has enormous flaws that far outweigh the occasional good game. As long as 1% of the population still thinks he’s good, it’s too much. Just plug him in here for me every year.

Underrated: Trent Williams – ProFootballFocus has Williams rated as the 13th best LT in the league last year. As a disclaimer, I should note that I haven’t evaluated every LT in the league, or anything close to it, but I find it extraordinarily hard to believe there were 12 guys who were better. Trent was awesome.

Eagles

Tommy watched a Cardinals-Vikings game from 2009, and dissected the game plan new Eagles DC Billy Davis put together to combat Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings’ potent offense. Good stuff.

The Eagles are making upgrades to Lincoln Financial Field. The highlight, in my opinion, will be the new massive video screens.

In case you missed any of my notes from Eagles minicamp last week:

Cowboys

Calvin Watkins of ESPN tried to find a few silver linings from the Cowboys’ run game in 2012. Not sold.

Jason Garrett assigned 8 Cowboys players to coach high school kids in a 7-on-7 tournament. The 8 coaches then chose their assistants from the rest of the team. Love this, actually.

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  69. Brian says:

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  72. Adam says:

    I’ll agree to disagree with you here on Jason Witten, though I do agree that Tyron Smith was more like a solid player with potential that seemed like an all star compared to the rest of the line last year. Thank you for naming Tony Romo as your underrated player for the Cowboys though, he gets so much undeserved flak.

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  74. Phillyboijr says:

    Cowboys fan here. Your take on Tyron Smith is absolutely on point. Homerfied fans love to assume he’s this dominate tackle, but fail to acknowledge he was outright bad at times last season. The upside with him is he’s gaining experience and is still insanely young.

    David Amerson’s play last year was an absolute joke. His distaste for tackling bothers me no matter what the rationale was.

    1. horatius says:

      The entire falcons secondary tackled worse than he did. (exaggerating a bit there). But there are plenty of corners who can’t tackle for crap who went on to have brilliant careers.

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        No taste for it. Our own Mo Claiborne has a penchant for bailing out of tackling. When you have a corner like that on your team, you’ll feel differently.

  75. Joe D says:

    me and you are probably the only ones who agree on Jackson. He’s a game changer and what he does often doesn’t show up on a stat sheet.

    1. ferrhis says:

      As a Redskins fan, I also agree on Jackson. I will never, EVER forget the way he absolutely obliterated the skins secondary during the Monday Night Massacre. He made a proud group of professionals look like children, for 60 minutes. I don’t like him. In fact I kind of hate him. But I have a ton of respect for his skills. If he had consistent QB play he would be a top 5 WR no doubt.

    2. brisulph says:

      He has few specialized skills… but what he is good at makes him a GREAT player. As a Giants fan, i feared him long before that game in 2010, but that definitely cemented it.

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  77. Dan in Philly says:

    Considering that most Eagles fans would have been more than happy to see Vick cut for nothing a few months ago, he might be underrated.

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  78. Scott says:

    Thats exactly what I’ve been thinking about Jackson, people have been down on him for so long that at this point even though hes widely viewed as overrated hes actually quite underrated. Same with Romo, people says hes crap because he chokes at bad times, but I’ll take him over anybody the Eagles are sending out week 1.

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  80. Regarding Amerson, I don’t believe you will see him that much this season (especially not early). According to reports, has been flashing in OTAs thus far. I believe that the coaching staff will allow him to develop and refine his fundamentals and eye discipline before throwing him to the wolves. After a season like his Junior year where he got greedy and, therefore, torched….the last thing he needs is major blows to his confidence early on. The hope in DC is that Biggers proves to be a contributor (http://fanspeak.com/washingtonredskins/2013/06/06/redskins-top-defensive-sleeper-e-j-biggers/) and Richard Crawford takes a step forwards to be a competent corner as well. With both Hall and Wilson returning and mixing in Biggers and Crawford, I believe that Amerson will get some time here and there but only sparingly at first. There is no need to rush him in there early, barring injury to one of the other four CBs.

    1. Agree. Easing him in would be the correct approach.

  81. TylerD says:

    In the Eagles case I would have to put Jackson on the overrated list, he either kills you or you don’t even know he is playing out there. Also he is a bit of a one trick poney, granted his trick is getting deep but he is not a complete reciever. Vick is kind of like Tuck, we have all seen he can’t read the blitz and holds on to the ball to long so who is really arguing that he is a great player these days.

    1. A lot of people are still high on Vick.

      1. LeRoy says:

        Play on words?

        1. Ha, unintentional.

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