Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Beginning in 2011, the NFL Network has surveyed NFL players to compile an annual ranking of the league’s top 100 players. The list is unveiled in a multi-part series during the offseason, with each episode profiling 10 players on the countdown to the No. 1 spot.
Because the ranking is decided by players and not the media or fans, those who often don’t get mainstream attention receive their just due: e.g., offensive linemen, linebackers who don’t get a lot of sacks, guys who standout on bad or small-market teams.
That’s good for defensive backs. Continue reading
Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith
After three seasons experimenting with a playground-style Pro Bowl where captains chose teams from a pool of the league’s top players, the NFL is returning to the traditional AFC-vs.-NFC format for its 2017 all-star game.
There are a couple of new wrinkles: The Pro Bowl will be held in Florida instead of Hawaii, and in the days leading up to the game there will be a “Pro Bowl Skills Showdown” that — hopefully — might be as cool as the old “NFL’s Fastest Man” and QB-challenge competitions I remember from when I was a kid.
Another Pro Bowl tradition is having a lot of players who are voted into the game being replaced by alternates. Continue reading
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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
1. Mike Adams, SS, Colts (NFL) — The Colts kept their playoff hopes alive with a surprising 34-6 domination of the Vikings on the road on Sunday, after which the only debate was whether Indy’s offense or defense was the most impressive group on the field.
One compelling argument in the defense’s favor is that in the highly-anticipated return of Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson, who had been out since Week 2 with a knee injury, the Colts limited the former MVP to just 22 yards on six carries.
Adams contributed six tackles to that effort, and he forced and recovered a fumble by Peterson. Adams also had an interception. Continue reading
NFL careers are short. How can they not be, given the overall physical nature of the game, the league’s eligibility minimums, and the influx of hungry new talent entering each year trying to make veterans obsolete?
By the time an NFL player is 25 years old, he’s looking at five more years in the league if he’s one of the lucky ones. So while a best-under-25 list in other sports may be a collection of athletes who are just coming into their own, for the NFL it could include guys who are already midway through their careers. Continue reading