ESPN’s AFC East reporter Tim Graham recently included Gary Guyton among his list of underrated players in the conference.
Graham’s June 10 ESPN blog listed Guyton as the underrated player for the New England Patriots. It said:
“Guyton started only eight games at linebacker last season, and half of those were necessitated by Brandon Spikes’ four-game suspension. Even so, Guyton made a mark on the Patriots’ defense. The undrafted third-year pro from Georgia Tech recorded 63 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for another touchdown).”
Guyton will be entering his fourth season in the NFL and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots in 2008.
Following the 2009 season, the Patriots signed Guyton to a two-year extension worth more than $2.1 million, including a $650,000 signing bonus.
Graham’s list of underrated AFC East players also includes Roscoe Parrish of the Buffalo Bills, Kendall Langford of the Miami Dolphins and Brandon Moore of the New York Jets.