Ladarius Green --- Underrated Player of the week
It's Monday again so here goes my third installment of a highly overrated or underrated player in the NFL. Last week I wrote about the block eating Dont'a Hightower, this week we have Ladarius Green , Tight End for the San Diego Chargers, as my underrated player
Green may not be a household name especially at his position. The headlines at the tight end position are currently dominated by just a handful of big names (Gronk,Gonzalez,Graham). Green also has the misfortune of playing behind Antonio Gates arguably one of the most famous tight ends of all time. Despite the position being dominated by bigger name players, Green deserves a lot of attention for his raw play making ability in an offense.
Green certainly fits the bill of the modern day TE, at 6'6'' and 240 pounds he can hold his own as an NFL player from a physical perspective. Not only is he big but he is abnormally fast for his size, with his low 4.5 second 40 yard dash time he is simply too fast for linebackers. No question he has all the physical attributes but what makes him truly an impact player is his big play ability. During the 2013 regular season Green averaged 22.1 yards per catch. That''s an astronomical amount!!! a player where every time he catches it he is getting a first down and then some. That sort of chunk yardage is exactly what every team wants out of a receiving TE.
So whats the catch? He has the Measurable and the big play ability, what's keeping him from being a household name? During the entirety of the regular season Green only caught about one pass per game. Being behind Antonio Gates, and only being the young age of 23 Ladarius Green simply is not a focal point of the Chargers offense yet, but with 3 of his 17 catches going for touchdown, and a 20+ YPC average it's only a matter of time before Green get the targets and recognition he deserves.
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