The Atlanta Falcons never get much credit from the national media. When they play poorly, it's business as usual. When they play well, they're benefitting from their circumstances (e.g., a weak strength of schedule). Not that media hype matters, but you have to feel for the individuals players who get overlooked.
NFL.com's Elliot Harrison released his All-Underrated Team yesterday. He featured two Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant and Matt Bosher.
I'm happy to have found a place for Trufant -- who didn't make our All-Under-25 team from March because he will turn 25 on opening night this season -- right here. Given the intermittent (at best) support the Falcons' pass rush provided its corners, Trufant's standout 2014 was all the more special. He picked off more passes than touchdowns allowed.
You know a guy is unheralded when he is an underrated punter; punters are anonymous already. While Atlanta's defense struggled in 2014, Bosher did his part to help out. Last year, he induced more fair catches (28) than returns (26), and he finished at No. 6 in average net yards in both 2013 and 2014.
Trufant is the victim of a bad defense. Put him on a better defense and he'd get much more attention. Bosher is a
cyborg sent back in time to save the world a punter. If only the Falcons would do the inevitable and convert him to safety, he'd finally become a household name. Your thoughts?