3 Most Overrated Players in the AFC East Heading Into 2024

The New England Patriots have been looked down upon by their division rivals lately. Having said that, the rest of the AFC East shouldn't throw stones in a glass house as long as these overrated players are on their rosters.
Jets QB Aaron Rodgers is one of the most overrated players in the AFC East.
Jets QB Aaron Rodgers is one of the most overrated players in the AFC East. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL, like any sports league, is filled with its fair share of overrated and underrated players. The AFC East is no exception to this rule as the New England Patriots must constantly deal with their rivals being overhyped when they don't deserve it.

After all, the Pats do lead the AFC East with six Super Bowl titles since the 2002 season. The rest of the division during that stretch? Zero.

After an abysmal 2023 campaign, the Patriots fans must — once again — deal with the rest of the AFC East fanbases trying to convince themselves that they have a Super Bowl-caliber roster. It won't be much longer, though, when they come to realize that they were wrong again.

With that in mind, here are the three most overrated players on the Patriots' AFC East rivals.

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB — New York Jets

Before any angry Aaron Rodgers fans get their hands up in the air, let me preface things by saying that I don't think his entire career is overrated. He's one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played the game and has nearly 60,000 passing yards, 475 touchdowns, four NFL MVP awards, and a Super Bowl ring to prove it.

Having said that, I do think that Jets fans and oddsmakers are overhyping the 40-year-old this offseason.

FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving the Jets +2400 odds to win Super Bowl LIX (T-11th), which seems a bit premature. New York's championship odds will depend on how Rodgers performs after tearing his Achilles just four snaps into the 2023 season. While the 10-time Pro Bowl QB is supposed to be 100% once we get to September, bouncing back from a major injury could still be incredibly difficult at this stage of his career.

Let's also not ignore that Rodgers hasn't had a ton of postseason success since winning the Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers well over a decade ago. Since the 2011-12 playoffs, Rodgers owns a 5-5 postseason record while only winning multiple games twice and seeing three one-and-done exits. While those losses weren't entirely his fault, there's also no reason to believe that he's ready to take the Jets on a deep run.

If Rodgers doesn't open up the 2024 NFL season looking like his old self, the Jets will go from Super Bowl contenders to pretenders real quick.