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5 under-the-radar NFL players performing at a Pro Bowl level

Robby Anderson

The 2020 regular season is now beyond the midway point and as we’ve gone over in recent weeks, there have been plenty of surprises as well as plenty of letdowns.

But the surprises tend to run more deep and extend beyond just unsuspecting players performing at a high level. There are also several household names who have exceeded expectations and are playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Here is a look at five of those players.

5. Garett Bolles, OT, Denver Broncos

Over the first three seasons of his career, Garett Bolles looked like a potential draft bust in the making. During that span, he was among the most penalized offensive lineman in the game. He even drew the public ire of his general manager, John Elway. Outside of the penalties, Bolles was average at best, and at his worst, struggled in pass protection. Here in 2020 however, the former first-round pick has completely — and we mean completely — turned a corner. Not only has Bolles seen a dramatic decrease in the number of penalties called against him, he leads all tackles with a 90.2 Pro Football Focus grade and is top four in both pass protection and run blocking grades (1st). That’s Pro Bowl stuff any way you slice it, and the reason why he got a big contract extension from Denver.

4. Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon Graham feels like a player who will forever be underrated, and it’s no different here in 2020. Through eight games this season, the relentless smack-talking Graham has recorded 7.0 sacks, which is just 2.5 shy of his career high. His 80.5 Pro Football Focus grade is also tops among Eagles defenders, second overall on the team, and within the top 15 (11) league-wide at his position. Graham is consistent and can be relied upon for a certain level of play each week and that speaks volumes about his overall value to the team away from statistics, numbers and analytics. What’s even more remarkable is that he’s played well for 11 consecutive seasons and never once been named to the Pro Bowl. That could very well change this year.

3. Leonard Williams, DL, New York Giants

When the Giants acquired Leonard Williams from the New York Jets in 2019, general manager Dave Gettleman faced overwhelming criticism. However, it may be Gettleman who gets the last laugh after all. Williams is second on the Giants (250-plus snaps) with a 79.9 Pro Football Focus grade and leads the defense with 6.0 sacks. Always stout against the run, Williams has drastically improved his pass rush, and he’s arguably the best all-around player in East Rutherford. His play has helped elevate a defense that has unexpectedly kept the Giants in all but one game this season.

2. Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers

Robby Anderson spent an entire career with the New York Jets hovering around 750-800 yards per season with the sole exception of 2017 when he broke out, finishing the year with 941 yards and seven touchdowns. It was a glimpse of what Anderson could achieve, but a plateau he never reached again — until now. Anderson signed with the Carolina Panthers this offseason, and that appears to have been the right move for his career. Through 12 games this season, Anderson has hauled in 75 receptions for 912 yards and two touchdowsn. His 74.7% catch rate also represents a career high by nearly 20%. If Anderson gets those TD numbers up, there’s no denying that’s Pro Bowl-level play.

1. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Miami Dolphins

Entering his fifth NFL season, Emmanuel Ogbah had never recorded more than 5.5 sacks, which he did twice in his career — first as a rookie with the Cleveland Browns and then again in 2019 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Through 11 games in 2020, Ogbah leads the Dolphins with 8.0 sacks and 14 QB hits. But his impact is not exclusive to rushing the passer. Ogbah also has three forced fumbles and is third on the team with five passes defensed. Collectively, those numbers also make him one of the most successful all-around defensive ends in football and should warrant serious Pro Bowl consideration.

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Robby Anderson takes shots at Jets over pay, quarterback play

Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson left the New York Jets for the Carolina Panthers this offseason, and he seems to have few positive memories of his time in New York.

Anderson sent multiple tweets on Friday taking shots at the Jets. The first involved him retweeting a compilation of Jets quarterbacks missing him when he was open, seemingly signifying his unhappiness with the team’s quarterback play while there.

Later, Anderson tweeted that the Jets had “won” their situation, as they had not felt any need to pay him what he felt he was worth due to his status as an undrafted free agent.

Anderson certainly knew his value, and priced the Jets out of it as a free agent. He caught five touchdowns and racked up 779 yards in 2019, but will probably feel he can do better if he has more consistent quarterback play.

Robby Anderson signs two-year deal with Panthers

Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson has finally signed a free agent contract, but it is probably not as hefty as the wide receiver had hoped it would be.

Anderson has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports.

Anderson will get $12 million from the Panthers in 2020, which is still slightly lower than the salary he was said to be seeking. Some predicted Anderson would get an average annual value in the $13-$15 million range, but his market appeared to come together slowly.

Anderson, 26, had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season. His peak came in 2017 when he posted 63 catches for 941 yards and seven TDs. The Jets were reportedly trying to re-sign him, so it’s possible he simply chose to go elsewhere. Anderson played at Temple when new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was the head coach of the Owls.

The Panthers are rebuilding their offense after signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Anderson may not be a clear-cut No. 1 receiver, but he dealt with some rough quarterback play in New York and has plenty of upside.

Report: Jets trying to re-sign Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson is one of the best free agent wide receivers on the market, but the New York Jets aren’t ready to let him walk just yet.

The Jets are trying to re-sign Anderson, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Anderson, 26, had 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns last season. His peak came in 2017 when he posted 63 catches for 941 yards and seven TDs.

The stats probably don’t scream “No. 1 receiver” to you, but when you consider that Anderson had Luke Falk and a mono-recovering Sam Darnold as his quarterbacks, things look a lot better.

A previous report said the Jets were unlikely to be able to afford Anderson, who could get $13-$15 million per season in free agency. The Jets reportedly are hoping to pay the receiver around $10 million a year.

Report: Robby Anderson likely to leave Jets in free agency

Robby Anderson

The New York Jets appear poised to lose a key piece of their offense in free agency.

Wide receiver Robby Anderson is likely to depart the team, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. This largely comes down to the contract he’s likely to demand on the open market. While the Jets would be happy to sign Anderson to a deal around the four years and $40 million that DeVante Parker got from the Miami Dolphins, league sources expect Anderson to get a deal around $13 to $15 million a year.

Anderson is a good young receiver who’s been stuck in a mediocre Jets offense. He does, however, have yet to get a 1,000-yard season, coming close with 941 yards in 2017. That’s not entirely Anderson’s fault, but it’s a reason the Jets will shy away from paying him like a No. 1 receiver.

The Jets are trying to build a contender this offseason, but losing a key piece like Anderson won’t help. It may be why the Jets prove hesitant to trade another key offensive player no matter what their front office says.

Jets WR Robby Anderson gets six months probation for reckless driving

Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson has been arrested multiple times in the past year or so, but he could not have asked for much better results in his cases given all the legal trouble.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Anderson pled no contest on Wednesday to charges stemming from a reckless driving incident on Jan. 19. He received six months of probation, which is the harshest of the consequences from his two arrests.

In the January incident, Anderson reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife, and some of his charges included harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. The felony charges were dropped and Anderson was only facing one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

Anderson was also arrested last year following an alleged physical altercation with an officer at a music festival. All of the charges from that case were dropped last month.

The Jets have stuck with Anderson despite his numerous off-field issues. The 24-year-old caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout season last year.

Report: Robby Anderson has resisting arrest charges from 2017 dropped

Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was facing charges in two separate incidents as of this week, but he now only has one case to worry about.

Anderson’s attorney, Ed O’Donnell, told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo on Wednesday that the felony resisting arrest with violence charge that Anderson was facing from an alleged scuffle with an officer a year ago has been dropped.

Anderson was arrested at a music festival in Miami last May, and he was accused of fighting with security when asked to leave the venue.

As Garafolo notes, Anderson is still facing charges from a more recent incident that took place earlier this year. The 24-year-old was arrested on Jan. 19 after he reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife, and some of his charges included harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. However, the felony charges have been dropped and Anderson is now only facing one misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

All in all, it sounds like Anderson is getting off extremely easy for getting into a lot of trouble off the field. He had a breakout season with the Jets in 2017 with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns, and the team has given no indication that they are planning to part ways with him.

Robby Anderson has arrest warrant lifted over clerical error

Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson appeared to be in more trouble with the law this week after a warrant was issued for his arrest, but it turns out the warrant was — ahem — unwarranted.

The warrant stemmed from Anderson failing to appear in court on Tuesday for a hearing in his ongoing reckless driving case. Anderson’s attorney, Ed O’Donnell, said neither he nor Anderson ever received a notice that they were supposed to appear in court. Apparently the court agrees, as the warrant has been lifted.

Anderson was arrested on Jan. 19 after he reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife. The 24-year-old was also arrested last year for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with an officer at a music festival.

The Jets have stuck with Anderson despite his numerous off-field issues. He caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout season last year.

Robby Anderson’s lawyer says arrest warrant is ‘craziness’

Robby Anderson

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court, but his attorney says the missed appearance was due to a lack of communication from authorities.

Anderson’s attorney, Ed O’Donnell, told the New York Daily News that he received “no notice” of the Tuesday court date in Florida.

“I received no notice,” O’Donnell said. “Robby received no notice. And the bondsman received no notice. A written plea of Not Guilty was filed on January 29th. Since that date, we’ve never gotten any notice to be in court for this matter. I intend to take care of this (Thursday). First I got to figure out where it is. I didn’t even know who issued the warrant for non-appearance. Craziness. Craziness.”

The appearance stemmed from Anderson’s January arrest for reckless driving. He was initially facing nine charges, but the majority of them got dropped and reduced to a misdemeanor. O’Donnell insists this was not a case of Anderson blowing off a legal responsibility.

“Robby did not do anything wrong,” the lawyer added. “It’s not like he just said, ‘No, I’m not going to court.’ Believe me. I didn’t go to court, either. Because nobody knew to be there.”

Anderson was arrested on Jan. 19 after he reportedly sped past a marked police car while driving over 105 mph. He then allegedly threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife. The 24-year-old was also arrested last year for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with an officer at a music festival.

Despite the legal issues, the Jets have stood by Anderson in the wake of a season in which he broke out with 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

Arrest warrant issued for Jets WR Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson

An arrest warrant has been issued for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson after he missed a court date, according to a report.

Andy Slater, a host for WINZ in Miami, reported on Wednesday that Anderson missed a court date on Tuesday for a misdemeanor reckless driving charge he is facing in Florida.

The reckless driving charge is the only one Anderson is facing following a January incident in South Florida. The receiver was initially facing nine charges but got that dropped to the one misdemeanor.

Anderson was also arrested in May, 2017 for allegedly shoving a police officer at a music festival.

Anderson, 24, had a big season last year for the Jets. He had 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.