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Guyton viewed as underrated Pat

ESPN.com's divisional reporters went through the exercise of picking one underrated player per team, and Tim Graham, who reports on the AFC East, chooses linebacker Gary Guyton for the Patriots.

"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," Graham writes. "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, who enters his fourth NFL season in 2011, is the type of player teams need to win. From a management perspective, Guyton is not just productive on the field, but he doesn't break the bank economically.

Guyton went undrafted in 2008 despite posting the fastest 40-yard dash time at the Combine for linebackers. The Patriots made an aggressive pitch to Guyton as a rookie free agent, and were primarily competing with the 49ers.

One of Guyton's big questions at the time was why the team drafted Nebraska linebacker Bo Ruud in the sixth round if they were so interested in him.

In the end, Guyton liked what he heard from the Patriots, and it's been a good fit for both sides.

EXTRA POINT: ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton produces his all-underrated team, and there is one Patriot on the club -- right tackle Sebastian Vollmer.