When D'Brickashaw Ferguson decided to hang up the cleats and ride off into the sunset, the Jets found themselves in a sticky situation. A line that had been anything but solid in 2015, was significantly weaker. Fortunately the Jets wasted no time trading for Ryan Clady from the Denver Broncos.
The price for Clady was very reasonable, a starting left tackle and a 7th round pick for a 5th round selection. Or should I say a starting left tackle who is also a 4x Pro Bowler. However due to a number of injuries over the last couple of years, he's not been at that pro-bowl level for a while now.
Prisco explains as much in his article:
He has missed 30 games in the past three seasons for injuries, some of them major, and missed the entire 2015 season for Denver with a knee injury. Clady played all 16 games in 2014, but his play tailed off some from his early years. Even so, he will be the Jets left tackle this season. At 29, he still has time to get back to his Pro Bowl form.
However does being injury prone make someone overrated? I'm not sure who's overrating him in this instance, but I don't think it's the fans. We all perfectly acknowledge that he's had injury problems and he's as likely to end up on IR as on a pro bowl roster.
However saying that, his last pro-bowl was 2014, and whenever he's been healthy he's been effective. It's just unfortunate that he's had two very serious injuries that have kept him out for long periods.
So is he overrated from a talent perspective? I would argue quite strongly that he isn't at all. He's been considered to be one of the best left tackles in the league because he's been one of the best left tackles in the league.
So back to the question, does being injury prone make you overrated? I would argue that if you know what you're getting when you sign up, and you choose to sign up...that's not cause for being listed as overrated.
if you had to choose the one Jets player who is overrated, who would it be and why?