The definition of overvalue, according to Merriam-Webster, is "to assign an excessive value to" or "to value too highly -- place too much importance on." In football, overvaluing a player can be determined in multiple ways. 

Quarterbacks are overvalued by their supporting cast. Just take a look at Dan Marino in his entire Miami Dolphins career, as the Hall of Famer had just one 1,000-yard rusher from 1983 through 1999 (Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar, 1996). The Dolphins relied on Marino to carry the offense for over a decade, and the end result was no Super Bowl rings for a player who deserved at least one in his legendary career. 

Who is the Dan Marino for each team in today's NFL? Which player on the roster do teams rely on too much to win football games and advance deep in the playoffs? Not all these players are quarterbacks, as teams certainly are too dependent on players that reside on the other side of the football.

Let's start with the AFC first. These are the players that are overvalued on each AFC team as the 2022 season approaches: 


Baltimore Ravens

Rashod Bateman

The Ravens made the bold decision not to upgrade the wide receiver position after the trade of Marquise Brown on draft night. Right now, they'll go into the season with Rashod Bateman, James Proche, Devin Duvernay, Tylan Wallace and Binjimen Victor as their top five receivers. None of Lamar Jackson's top wide receiver targets have over 53 career catches (Duvernay).

That puts a lot of pressure on Bateman, who the Ravens are expecting to be the No. 1 wideout next year. Since Bateman debuted in Week 6 of last season, he was tied for fifth among rookies in receptions (46), sixth in receiving yards (515) and fourth in receiving first downs (29).

Bateman is a good player, but Baltimore is putting a lot of stock into him following Brown's footsteps as the next breakout receiver. If he takes that leap, the Ravens will be one of the top teams in the AFC. 


Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen

Hard to blame Buffalo for relying on Josh Allen to carry the offense, especially with how good he's been the last two years. Allen is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, totaling 88 touchdowns over the last two seasons (trailing only Aaron Rodgers), while his 135 total touchdowns trail only Dan Marino for the most by a player after his first four seasons. 

Even with how good Allen is at throwing the football (8,951 yards and 73 touchdowns), the Bills really rely on his legs to keep the offense moving. Allen averages 105.5 carries a season for the Bills, including a career-high 122 last season (averaged an NFL-leading 6.3 yards per carry). He joined Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 700 yards in a season -- but does Buffalo use him too much on the ground? 

If the Bills can scale back on Allen's rush attempts and Devin Singletary can be more effective (with a healthy dose of James Cook), the offense will be better balanced come January.