Week 2's 'hidden stars'

Cowboys' Hatcher heads list of players whose success doesn't show in stats

Updated: September 16, 2013, 12:07 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Jason HatcherAP Photo/Joe RobbinsJason Hatcher had a solid game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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 has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.