New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is back to his outspoken ways as we head into training camp, and he decided to name one of his key veterans as the league’s most underrated player. In an interview with the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, Ryan stated that inside linebacker David Harris deserves more spotlight, and he did so in a very strong manner.
Ryan said, “David Harris is the most underrated player in the league. It ain’t close! It ain’t close! You could have a top 100… and he’s not even mentioned. And I’m like, ‘What?!’”
Harris used to be one of the most underrated players in the league, but I’m not sure that’s the case anymore. Nevertheless, Harris is a solid player, who is one of the Jets most dependable leaders on either side of the ball. He consistently produces on the field, his run defense is stout, and his quiet personality is quite welcome. Maybe his personality prevents him from being talked about much, but Harris has received some credit over the past few years and isn’t exactly top 100 material at this stage. But even though he’s getting older and losing a step or two in coverage, he’s still one of the better linebackers in the league.
While Ryan is exaggerating how underrated Harris is, it’s safe to say that he operates without much national attention despite his numbers and consistent play each year. I think most people understand that he’s a good player, and I also think they understand why he isn’t in any top 100 lists. Now Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson…those are the guys who should be populating those rankings.