- Herm Edwards, ESPN Insider
It's no secret that success in the NFL is about finding and exploiting matchups. On offense, if you can get a tight end split out wide and matched up on a safety or linebacker, he'll have an advantage. If you can have your running back run an option route out of the backfield against a linebacker, he'll probably win most of the time. If you have an elite slot wideout who has quick-twitch speed and is given a two-way go, it'll be very difficult for a cornerback in single coverage.
When a defensive coach identifies what likely will be a mismatch on game day, he plans a specific scheme to stop that offensive player. But some guys can beat even the best schemes on a consistent basis.
Let's take a look at the five players on offense who are the toughest matchups in the NFL.
Herm Edwards breaks down the toughest individual offensive matchups in the NFL. Jimmy Graham, arguably the most athletic tight end in the game, leads the list.