More underrated AFC North players

June, 13, 2011
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On Friday we took at look at the most underrated players in the AFC North division. The list included left tackle Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker Jarret Johnson of the Baltimore Ravens, tight end Benjamin Watson of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel.

But those aren't the only players under the radar. Here is a look at several more players in the division to keep an eye on in 2011:

Jordan Shipley, WR, Bengals

Analysis: The Bengals were looking for a slot receiver in last year's draft and found a good one in Shipley. Cincinnati has struggled in that area since the loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but Shipley did well with 52 receptions for 600 yards and three touchdowns in 2010. The rookie quickly became a favorite of quarterback Carson Palmer, who liked Shipley's smarts, good routes and sure hands. The Bengals are switching to a new West Coast offense this season under Jay Gruden, and it will be important to keep Shipley involved.

Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers

Analysis: Redman, who was undrafted in 2009, impressed Pittsburgh's coaching staff in training camp and on the practice squad as a rookie. But he finally received a shot to make the Steelers 53-man roster as a backup last season and made the most of his opportunities. Spelling Rashard Mendenhall, Redman punished defenses to the tune of 4.8 yards per carry in 2010. The Steelers probably will use him more in the offense this season. Redman is strong between the tackles and good at getting tough yards to move the chains.

Scott Fujita, LB, Browns

Analysis: Fujita was an under-the-radar signing by Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert, and it worked out in the first year. Fujita brought much-needed toughness and leadership to Cleveland's defense and finished with 51 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception in nine games. A knee injury eventually ended his season, and it was no coincidence Cleveland's defense went downhill after losing Fujita in November.

Sam Koch, P, Ravens

Analysis: Baltimore's kicking game was arguably the NFL's best last season, and half of that was due to Koch's punting. Place kicker Billy Cundiff received most of the publicity for his record-tying year with kickoffs and accurate field goals. But Koch was just as good punting the ball with an impressive 39 punts inside the 20. The Ravens showed their appreciation by signing Koch to a five-year extension before the lockout began this offseason.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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