List of NFL teams' unheralded players
List of NFL teams' unheralded players
DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
Nov. 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A list of players from each NFL team who have been key contributors despite being unheralded, unsung or unknown entering the season:
ARIZONA: K Chandler Catanzaro. Beat out Jay Feely and has set NFL rookie mark by making all 16 of his FG attempts.
ATLANTA: LB Paul Worrilow. Leading Falcons in tackles after doing so last year as undrafted rookie out of Delaware.
BALTIMORE: RB Justin Forsett. Fifth in NFL in rushing after getting chance with Ray Rice cut and Bernard Pierce ineffective.
BUFFALO: P Colton Schmidt. Rookie has solidified Bills' punting situation after two seasons in flux.
CAROLINA: DE Mario Addison. Career-high four sacks helping offset absence of Greg Hardy, who's awaiting domestic violence trial.
CHICAGO: DE Willie Young. Leads Bears with seven sacks and likely to start now with Lamarr Houston on IR.
CINCINNATI: WR Mohamed Sanu. Stepped up when A.J. Green was hurt earlier this season and leads Bengals in receiving.
CLEVELAND: WR Andrew Hawkins. After two years in CFL and three with Bengals, has emerged as Browns' top WR.
DALLAS: WR Terrance Williams. Dez Bryant gets the headlines, but Williams is tied with him for team lead with six TD catches.
DENVER: CB Chris Harris Jr. Sat out Super Bowl with knee injury, but has recovered to team with Aqib Talib as one of NFL's top CB duos.
DETROIT: DE George Johnson. Made Lions' roster as long shot and has four sacks after none in previous four seasons.
GREEN BAY: DL Mike Daniels. Can get overlooked with Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers on defense, but has 2 1/2 sacks.
HOUSTON: WR-KR Damaris Johnson. Fourth on Texans in receiving as slot WR and also returns kicks and punts.
INDIANAPOLIS: WR T.Y. Hilton. After breakout season last year, firmly establishing himself as elite receiver.
JACKSONVILLE: RB Denard Robinson. Former college QB at Michigan has emerged as Jaguars' top RB in second NFL season.
KANSAS: LB Josh Mauga. Chiefs' leading tackler became starter when Derrick Johnson tore Achilles tendon in Week 1.
MIAMI: RB Lamar Miller. Assumed starting role after Knowshon Moreno was lost for season with knee injury.
MINNESOTA: RB Jerick McKinnon. Vikings' top rusher while Adrian Peterson on leave because of felony child abuse charge.
NEW ENGLAND: WR Brandon LaFell. After four so-so seasons in Carolina, has become one of Tom Brady's top targets.
NEW ORLEANS: LT Terron Armstead. Protects Drew Brees' blind side and key part of O-line that powers NFL's No. 2 offense.
NEW YORK GIANTS: TE Larry Donnell. Ranks among NFL leaders at his position with 37 receptions for 357 yards and five TDs.
NEW YORK JETS: NT Damon Harrison. One of NFL's top run stuffers overshadowed on D-line by Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.
OAKLAND: WR Andre Holmes. Undrafted in 2011, has been one of few bright spots in Raiders' 0-8 start with four TD catches.
PHILADELPHIA: K Cody Parkey. Acquired from Colts, won job over Alex Henery and is 15 of 16 on FGs, including three from 50-plus yards.
PITTSBURGH: CB William Gay. Veteran expected to be nickel CB, but now No. 1 CB with Ike Taylor out and Cortez Allen struggling.
ST. LOUIS: QB Austin Davis. Became Rams' starter after Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury and Shaun Hill hurting quadriceps.
SAN DIEGO: RB Branden Oliver. Undrafted fourth-stringer took over when Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown all went down with injuries.
SAN FRANCISCO: LB Dan Skuta. Starting in sixth season with Aldon Smith on nine-game suspension and NaVorro Bowman recovering from knee surgery.
SEATTLE: DT Brandon Mebane. Solid, steady run stopper in eighth season, but largely overlooked on Seahawks' big-name defense.
TAMPA BAY: LB Danny Lansanah. Has returned two INTs for TDs and earned starting job after making first NFL regular-season appearance last year since 2008.
TENNESSEE: LB Avery Williamson. Rookie fifth-rounder out of Kentucky has started last four games and is one of Titans' leading tacklers.
WASHINGTON: P Tress Way. Claimed off waivers from Bears in August, rookie leads NFL punters with 49.4 gross average.
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