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Week 2's 'hidden stars'

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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).