As we continue through out halfway-point landmark columns, we thought it would be a good idea to point out some of the great players in the NFL who don't get the recognition they deserve for whatever reason — they are eclipsed by more famous players, they don't get a lot of national TV time, they play in Buffalo, whatever. Here's our team of guys who deserve a bit more of your critical eye — we think you'll be impressed, and you can find the All-Underrated Offense here.
Defensive End: Charles Johnson, Carolina Panthers/Jarret Johnson, Baltimore Ravens
Johnson got some love when he replaced Julius Peppers as the Panthers' primary pass rusher and had a great season in 2010, but he's worth mentioning again. All the talk about the Panthers surrounds Cam Newton, and that's justified, but Johnson is following up his 11.5-sack breakout season of 2010 with an even higher pace in 2011 — seven sacks in right games.
Johnson gets a bit lost on a defense full of playmakers, but he's out kind of...