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Is Julius Thomas the Jacksonville Jaguars most 'overrated' player?

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In his annual 32 most overrated players in the NFL, Pete Prisco of CBS picked Julius Thomas for the Jaguars, but is he really "overrated"?

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Each year, Pete Prisco from CBS Sports does his most over/underrated for each NFL team. It's interesting to see how he rates each from each NFL team, but it's always intriguing to see who he ends up picking for the Jacksonville Jaguars because he's so close to the team from covering them as a beat writer in the early days of the franchise. Prisco's choice for the most overrated Jaguars player this year however raised my eyebrow. I had never really thought of this player as being considered "overrated" coming into the 2016 NFL season.

So who did he choose?

Julius Thomas TE / Jacksonville Jaguars
He signed a big contract last season and then missed the first four games with a thumb injury. It took him a while to get going, and he did catch 46 passes. But he averaged just 9.9 yards per catch. That's not good enough value for his contract. The 2016 season will be big for him personally.

For me, I can't really agree that Julius Thomas is "overrated". Has he lived up to his massive contract yet? No, but like most free agent contracts, he probably never will. Matter of fact, most of the discussion about Thomas has been how disappointing his first season with the Jaguars was and a lot is expected out of him this year.

Prisco's logic seems to be more focused on Thomas' contract vs. production, rather than his "rated-ness". For me, the easy answer to the most overrated right now is Dante Fowler, Jr., but expectations on him for the most part have been pretty unrealistic. For all intents and purposes he's a rookie pass rusher, but people expect him to be a force out of the gate.

Who do you think is the most overrated Jaguars player heading into 2016?