ESPN’s John Clayton recently compiled an All-NFL Underrated Team for 2011 which, unfortunately, included a grand total of zero members of the Cleveland Browns.
However, to complement that list, an underrated player from every team in the league was named, and that player for the Browns was tight end Ben Watson.
With 68 receptions for 763 yards (easily making him the team’s leading receiver in 2010, 280 yards more than than the second-leading receiver, Mohamed Massaquoi), it’s a worthy selection. Not only was he the team’s leading receiver, but he had the most receptions of any tight end in the AFC North, and the fifth-most receptions among tight ends in the entire NFL.
A weak receiving corps has turned Watson into the team’s most dependable option, though if the Browns are going to take a step forward, a tight end should not lead the team in receiving yards by such a wide margin. It’s great that Colt McCoy has a weapon like Watson – especially in the West Coast offense – but someone, whether it’s Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, or even Greg Little, needs to elevate their game to become a go-to receiving threat.
Who is your pick for the most underrated player on the Cleveland Browns?