- Field Yates, ESPN Insider
In scouting, the first lesson learned is to evaluate traits, not production.
After all, the numbers don't always tell the full story -- not by a long shot.
Case in point: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has tied or surpassed his rookie-year best for passing yards (309) in a single game during both of his team's outings in 2013, but the Redskins sit at the bottom of the NFC East standings at 0-2. It's not all on Griffin (the defense has provided little in the way of resistance), but it emphasizes the larger point here: The box score doesn't encompass everything.
With that in mind, below is a look at five players whose impact on Sunday's action may have gone unnoticed if examined through a glance at the box score. Here are five "hidden stars" of Week 2 in the NFL.
1. Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas Cowboys
The end result of the game doesn't mitigate Hatcher's influence on it. Although the Cowboys fell 17-16 to the Chiefs in Kansas City, Hatcher was a force against the run, helping to limit Jamaal Charles to just 3.4 yards per carry (he was at just about a yard per carry entering the final drive).
Field Yates examines five "hidden stars" in Week 2 of the NFL whose key contributions didn't manifest in the box score. While the Cowboys may have lost, Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher looked terrific against Kansas City.