Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/25/12
Every team in the NFL has players on their roster that either are totally overrated or that are totally underrated. The Denver Broncos are no different, and this article examines the two most overrated and the two most underrated players on the team.

Overrated
Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning is the most overrated player on the Denver Broncos because of the huge contract, and all the attention he is garnering despite not playing one game in 2011. The fact of the matter is that this season Manning is going to be an 36-year old, injury prone quarterback.

Additionally, there seems to be a expectation now that Denver is a Super Bowl contender  just by signing Manning.  However, as I and other FN contributors have discussed, several factors including the offensive talent around him, will not only cause Denver to miss the Super Bowl but also miss the playoffs.

Manning succeeded in bringing more hype and attention to Denver, but at the end of the season the discussion will be about what went wrong for Manning and the Broncos.

Tracy Porter
Tracy Porter is an overrated player because despite having an average career in New Orleans, the Denver Broncos signed the cornerback to a four million dollar contract this offseason.  

Porter’s time in New Orleans was average because he never played a full 16 games, which limited him to 194 total tackles which is an average of 48.5 tackles per season. Additionally, in the past two seasons Porter has been unable to match his12 passes defended and four interception with one returned for a touchdown season of 2009.

Porter may turn out to be a superstar player, however, there is still room for him to prove himself.

Underrated
Eric Decker
Eric Decker’s second season in the NFL was remarkably better than his rookie season, as his receptions went from six to 44, his receiving yards went from 106 to 612 and his touchdowns went from one to eight.

This offseason, Denver brought in gunslinger Peyton Manning meaning Denver should focus more on the passing game in 2012. If Manning and Decker can get on the same page, it can only do great things for Decker’s stat line.

Wesley Woodyard
Last season the Denver defense allowed the effort of Tim Tebow and the offense be enough to pull out wins. Leading that defense in terms of tackles was Wesley Woodyard. Prior to the 2011 season Woodyard’s highest season tackle total was 55, however, Woodyard exploded in the 2011 season leading Denver with 97 total tackles while also forcing three fumbles.

Woodyard is only 25 years old, and after signing a new two year contract this offseason, look for him to continue to make an impact for Denver.

Please let me know what you think by commenting on this article or giving me a shout out on twitter, @daniel808514

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