To follow up at our look at the underrated players in the AFC West, here is a look at the overrated players:
Denver, Eddie Royal, receiver: Royal made a strong argument for this distinction by having an unproductive second season. After catching 91 passes as a rookie, Royal had just 37 catches in his second season under first-year coach Josh McDaniels. Perhaps Royal had a difficult time adjusting to McDaniels’ offense, but he disappeared often. His third season will be critical as he tries to show his first season was not a fluke.
Kansas City, Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe proved last year he can’t be counted on as a true No. 1 receiver yet. He dogged it in training camp and was temporary demoted to the third string. Then, he was suspended by the NFL for four games for using a banned substance. Bowe took a back seat to receiver Chris Chambers after Chambers was claimed off waivers from San Diego in early November. Bowe is just not ready to be considered a standout.
Oakland, Kirk Morrison, linebacker: Morrison, a restricted free agent, led Oakland in tackles for five straight years and is among the league leaders. Still, he is not a complete player and is not good in run support. Oakland may not pursue bringing him back since he was nearly beaten out by Ricky Brown last year.
San Diego, Antonio Cromartie, cornerback: Perhaps this is one of the reasons why San Diego is shopping him. Cromartie is decent, but he’s far from an elite cornerback. He was given that label prematurely when he had 10 interceptions in his second season in 2007. He’s had a total of five picks since. Plus, he has lapses in coverage and he’s a major liability in run support.