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New York Giants DE Justin Tuck is NFL’s “Most Overrated” Player, Says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports

June 8th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Dan Benton

Lists, lists and more lists. The latest NFL-related list comes by way of CBS Sports writer Pete Prisco, who breaks down the most overrated and underrated players on each team across the league. And for Big Blue, that would be defensive end Justin Tuck and tight end Brandon Myers respectively.

'Justin Tuck: Calm Before the Storm.' photo (c) 2009, Heath Brandon - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

However, it's not Tuck being picked as the Giants' most overrated player that really stands out — it's that Prisco believes he's the most overrated player in the entire league.

So who's the most overrated player?

This year's pick is Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. He spent more time doing Subway commercials than playing good football in 2012. He was a definite name-over-game player with just four sacks. There were times on tape where you wondered how he was ever a dominant pass rusher.

Ho hum. Nothing new to see here, just an early start on things.

Granted, Tuck hasn't been himself in either of the last two seasons, but he's come back extremely motivated this offseason and even went as far as to meet with Tony Robbins. And while that doesn't change overrated/underrated status, it shows a new motivation and a renewed dedication from Big Blue's defensive captain.

Still, despite the last two seasons, there are other players around the league like Tim Tebow, DeAngelo Williams, LaRon Landry and, dare we say, Joe Flacco, that are far more deserving of that nod than is Tuck.

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Tags: Brandon Myers, Football, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL

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7 Responses to “New York Giants DE Justin Tuck is NFL’s “Most Overrated” Player, Says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports”

  1.  Rick021 says:

    I somewhat agree with the assessment, perhaps not the most overrated in the league, but name a Giants player more overrated than Tuck. As for the new found motivation and desire, lets wait and see how that looks after a few weeks of results before assuming he is going to be any more productive or inspirational than he has been the past few seasons.

    If the Giants thought they were getting a natural replacement Michael Strahan in Tuck, they were sorely mistaken. It’s always got to be hard to replace a legend and someone who lead from the front for such a long time, but Justin had hardly ever seemed like an inspirational team member to me, and while he did have a few years producing at the highest level, he also had the support of some fantastic other linemen in Osi and Kiwi to draw defenders away from him.

    I hope he can bounce back to some of his earlier form, but I just dont see it

  2.  Dirt says:

    This may be more appropriate here:

    jfunk says:
    June 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM
    Dirt says:
    June 6, 2013 at 11:22 PM
    With all due respect, JPP was not a frequent target of double teams last year, and certainly not triple teams. Hence, the surgery.

    –The worst thing about this statement isn’t that I can’t deny it. It’s that I can’t deny it and he was STILL the Giants’ most dangerous defensive linemen.

  3.  Rick021 says:

    Perhaps the only reason that Prisco’s article is incorrect in regards to Tuck being the league’s most overrated player is because not that many people actually think that Tuck is any good nowdays

  4.  Dirt says:

    Let’s make one thing clear: Pete Prisco is probably the biggest dbag among all NFL writers.

    With that being said, he forgot about Mark Sanchez. They call him an “NFL Quarterback”. He’s as much of an NFL quarterback as me.

  5.  GeezUp says:

    Wow, I’m a little surprised here because when you start talking about overrated players especially Giants, it usually leads to an article dumping our QB.

  6.  jahmyrr says:

    In the Tim Tebow era how can anyone be more overrated!?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/22212980/nfls-most-overrated-players-dirty-suh-playoffchallenged-romo-on-top

    This list is a little easier to swallow imo.

  7.  6string says:

    You could make the case that Snee is more overrated then Tuck. Pissco’s just doesn’t like the commercials. Snee may be a better player, but last year he didn’t live up to his hype.

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