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Hidden gems on all 32 NFL teams

James Bradberry

NFL superstars tend to receive many rewards, ranging from massive contracts to All-Pro nods and trips to the Pro Bowl. But in order to succeed at the highest level, all 32 teams still need role players and unsung heroes to help them along their journey.

Sometimes those role players receive the recognition they deserve — most often within the fan bases or cities in which they play. But frequently, they are not recognized the way they should be.

Each team has some hidden gems on their roster — here’s a look at one for each team.

Arizona Cardinals – Markus Golden, linebacker

Markus Golden is more overlooked than unknown, but at his current rate of development, he won’t be forgotten much longer. Golden finished the 2016 season with 53 total pressures, 41 run stops and 12.5 sacks. The 41 run stops were good for fourth-most among edge defenders in the NFL. Golden is in line for a Pro Bowl or All-Pro nod in 2017 if he continues at this pace. If that happens, the secret will be out.

Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle

Grady Jarrett was considered underrated in college and that remained true over his first two seasons with the Falcons. Even despite a strong performance in the Super Bowl, Jarrett hasn’t exactly seen his name in lights. If Atlanta didn’t choke the game away, perhaps that would be different, but for now, Jarrett and his 78.3 Pro Football Focus rating will continue to fly under the radar.

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Report: Kerry Hyder out for season with torn Achilles

Kerry Hyder

The Detroit Lions’ defense has suffered a big blow before their season has even started.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, defensive end Kerry Hyder, a pleasant surprise who collected eight sacks in 2016, will miss the entire 2017 season after tearing his Achilles during Detroit’s preseason opener.

This comes as a huge blow to the Lions, who feared this after he went down Sunday. It will significantly weaken a pass rush that was going to be counted on to help the Lions return to the playoffs.

Report: Lions fear Kerry Hyder has torn Achilles’ tendon

Kerry Hyder

The Detroit Lions are fearful that defensive lineman Kerry Hyder suffered a major injury on Sunday.

Hyder was carted off the field after suffering a leg injury during the first quarter of the Lions’ preseason game against the Colts. After the game, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell noted the injury was severe.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team is fearful that Hyder suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon.

Hyder had eight sacks last season and was expected to be a big part of a Lions defense that was otherwise lacking a strong pass rush. If he is out for the season, that would leave the Lions in very bad shape when it comes to putting pressure on the quarterback.