Keenan Allen and the 5 Most Undervalued Wide Receivers in the NFL
6 Most Underrated Wide Receivers Of 2013 NFL Season
The wide receiver position is slowly but surely becoming the most talked about spot on the football field. Usually the best athletes play wide receiver, which makes for excellent television if nothing else. With that being said, there are still quite a few play-making wide receivers that continue to be overshadowed for one reason or another.
For instance, many called Andre Johnson the most underrated player in the game for years as the Houston Texans were seemingly always in the cellar of the AFC South and Johnson's insane production was never brought to the forefront. Now, the Texans are back to being the worst team in the NFL and Johnson is rarely a topic of conversation.
While many called referred to Josh Gordon as an undervalued player heading into 2013, he's gotten a ton of attention after recording two straight 200-yard games. Gordon is as dynamic as they come and he has been able to do the unthinkable and become a superstar despite playing for the Cleveland Browns.
Moreover, this list of six wide receivers contains a few players hat look to be the next Josh Gordon. In addition, a few of the most underrated wide outs are looking to just keep doing what they've been doing for their entire career, just with a little bit more attention from the media.
No. 6: Marlon Brown
Marlon Brown has emerged as one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets and Brown is becoming a Baltimore Ravens' staple in the red-zone. This rookie wide receiver has just as many touchdowns in 2013 (6) as stars like Alshon Jeffery and Vincent Jackson, but Brown continues to fly under the radar.
No. 5: Rueben Randle
With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz dominating the Big Apple headlines, it has been hard for Rueben Randle to make a lasting impression on New Yorkers. With that being said, Randle has more touchdowns (6) than Cruz and Nicks combined! Fortunately, Randle's stock should rise significantly in 2014 once Nicks leaves in free agency like most are expecting.
No. 4: Brian Hartline
Brian Hartline is like your favorite restaurant. At times, Hartline gets passed up for more extravagant players like Mike Wallace, but in the end you realize that Harline -- like a trusty restaurant -- always comes through when needed. Hartline is projected to go over 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight season, which is definitely nothing to scoff at.
No. 3: Rod Streater
Just because the Oakland Raiders are horrid doesn't mean that Rod Streater isn't having a wonderful season. Believe it or not; Streater is closing in on 1,000 yards receiving and has a chance to become the first Raiders receiver to gain that many yards in a single season since Randy Moss in 2005! This Oakland standout has a very bright future even with the Raiders' awful quarterbacking.
No. 2: Jerricho Cotchery
Jerricho Cotchery is fighting Father Time and at this point -- he's winning by a landslide! The Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver has nine touchdowns in just 13 games this season. In 70 previous games, Cotchery had a total of 10 touchdowns! To say that this 31-year-old wide receiver has caught lightning in a bottle would be an understatement.
No. 1: Keenan Allen
No one in the world saw Keenan Allen's breakout coming. The San Diego Chargers' rookie wide receiver leads the club with 902 receiving yards, but has been overshadowed by the likes of Antonio Gates, Eddie Royal and even Danny Woodhead. Allen might have started slow, but he has definitely come on as of late with two 100-yard games in his last three contests. If Allen's two-touchdown game in Week 14 is any indication then the Chargers might want to start getting the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award ready for their newest star.