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Five NFL Free Agents Being Overlooked

Five NFL Free Agents Being Overlooked
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With training camp looming for the NFL in a couple of months, there are still free agents who are not being looked at as closely as they should be.

There are plenty of top rate players who are free agency like Cam Newton, Jadeveon Clowney, and Devonta Freeman. These players will not be considered for this list due to the fact that they are not overlooked. They are free agents because of either health or financial concerns. No one in the NFL overlooks them.

The five players on this list are players who have proven to be good players in the NFL, but aren’t being talked about. They could be either starters or role players that NFL teams are not bringing in.

Here is the list of the five players who are being overlooked and should be on NFL teams.

Blake Bortles, Quarterback

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While Blake Bortles is not on the same level as Newton, he’s proven to be a sustainable starter in the NFL. Bortles led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship game back in 2017. He’s shown that he can win games in the NFL as a starter.

Statistically, the numbers won’t blow people away. Bortles has thrown for 17,646 yards adding 103 touchdowns to 75 interceptions. His best season came in 2015 when he threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.

After spending last season as the backup to Jared Goff with the LA Rams, Bortles should be seen as a solid insurance behind any quarterback. Bortles can make any NFL roster as a backup even if critics don’t believe he can be a starter. As injuries occur, Bortles could get a call from an NFL team later in the year.

LeSean McCoy, Running Back

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At age 31, LeSean McCoy is heading into the twilight of a successful NFL career. In 11 seasons, McCoy has complied 11,071 rushing yards and 73 scores. He was also a threat in the passing game catching for 3,797 yards and 16 touchdowns.

McCoy can do it all from running to the outside to catching out of the backfield. He’s been limited the past two seasons on touches and playing time. Some suspect that McCoy could have just one more season in him.

He’s been directly linked to the Philadelphia Eagles to return as Miles Sanders’ backup for one season. It’s an ideal landing spot for one of Philadelphia’s more celebrated players in the last decade. A nice homecoming could be the perfect ending for the accomplished back.

Cam Phillips, Wide Receiver

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This will be a name that not many people will recognize unless you are a Virginia Tech or XFL fan. Cam Phillips made a name for himself in the XFL with the Houston Roughnecks. In five games, he caught 31 passes for 455 yards and nine touchdowns. He ended as the league’s leading receiver until it suspended its season in March.

Phillips proved to be an effective route runner with breakaway speed. When he got open, he was hard to catch. He does come with some NFL experience with the Buffalo Bills in 2018. Even with that small experience, it goes a long way for XFL players trying to find new homes.

Phillips gained some interest from the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins prior to the NFL Draft. He would make for a good receiver to bring into training camp. Phillips could prove to be able to challenge for a roster spot if brought in.

Eric Reid, Safety

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Coming off his best season in the NFL, Eric Reid has been one of the top safeties in the league since joining the league in 2013. The former San Francisco 49er and Carolina Panther has made one Pro Bowl appearance in his career, but has started on a consistent basis.

Last season, he had a career-high 130 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The Panthers decided to cut Reid back in March after two seasons with the team.

It’s a surprise that heading into June that Reid is still a free agent. With that being said, he’s only 28 and still can play at a high level. He should be able to land on a team and make an immediate impact.

Everson Griffen, Defensive End

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Despite being 32 years old, Everson Griffen has still proven to be a good pass rusher. Griffen has appeared in four Pro Bowls including last season where he recorded eight sacks.

Minnesota has consistently trusted Griffen as their top pass rusher. Since joining the team in 2010, he’s recorded 74.5 sacks and 353 tackles all with the Vikings.

Age will be a concern, but he still plays with a high motor and could start for a lot of teams. Even as a rotational player on the defensive line, Griffen can still be a beast. An NFL team could bring him in as a veteran leader to help sure up their defenses.

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