Looking at the players who are better than their stats

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The retirement of Michael Bennett sparked plenty of praise for the fact that he always performed at a higher level than his statistics reflected.

That gave us an idea for a PFT Live draft: Who are the current players who are better than their stats would suggest?

Our choices appear in the attached video. Watch it, please. And then post comments with your own choices, or criticism of ours, below.

We usually do a draft every day on PFT Live. You can catch it on NBCSN or SiriusXM 211 or Sky Sports.

13 responses to “Looking at the players who are better than their stats

  1. Fantasy Freaks & Maddenites struggle to understand how this can be.
    But fans of the game get it.

  2. looking at every dt who collapses the pocket forcing the qb outside where olb and de pick up the sack and therefore the notoriety

  3. Players better than their stats suggest:

    Gardner Minshew – Jags QB – give the dude something to work with

    Will Fuller – Texans WR (just too injury prone)

    John Brown – Bills WR

    Here’s a crazy one: Larry Fitzgerald. Naturally his stats are down with age but he can still put up numbers if he has consistent QB play

    Has the stats and still overlooked: Chandler Jones

  4. Tim Brown, marcel reese, lionel washington, frank minnefield, Webster slaughter, Ted washington, Barry cofield, jay novacek, christian okoye, jerry gray

  5. most of the guys named I thought have pretty good stats. I was thinking this would be more of a list of unknown guys. Names like Nick Kwiatkoski, Akiem Hicks, Za’Darius Smith, Anthony Harris come to mind

  6. just because of the nature of this list its going to be filled with defensive lineman – skill positions players are going to put up stats no matter what if theyre good at what they do.

    Akiem Hicks immediately comes to mind. He is never going to have a 15-sack season. But offensive lineman HATE him.

  7. I keep hearing this about Leonard Williams but for a team that lacks sacks and TFL. Stats matter.

  8. From a Pats fan perspective, where the team is loaded with disrespected but really good players:

    Edelman (disrespected for years and years and a top 3-5 afc wr)
    Thuney (flat out one of the best)
    Andrews (one of the better Centers, tough, smart, 2 rings)
    Lawrence Guy (highly underrated)
    Jon Jones (one of the best nickels around)
    John Simon (spot player now in the Van Noy role)
    JC Jackson (arguably the best rcb in the afc/check the numbers, no joke)
    Pat Chung (best Rover in football, runs the route of the TE)
    James White (best scatback in the afc)

    ^These are all really good players who grade out very highly.

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