Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin made a powerful one-two punch in 2012, each of them in their first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson, the prized free agent signee from San Diego, led the NFL with 19.2 yards per catch and nearly set a franchise single-season record with 1,384 receiving yards. Martin, the rookie first-round running back out of Boise State, ran for 1,454 yards, second-best in team annals, and nearly became the third rookie ever to get 2,000 combined yards.
It’s fitting, then, that both Jackson and Martin were revealed to be among the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013 on Thursday night, separated in the rankings by only five spots. The Network unveiled the #51-60 segment this week, and Jackson came in at 52, just ahead of Martin at 57.
Jackson and Martin are the fourth and fifth Buccaneers to place among the first 50 players revealed. Safety Dashon Goldson came in at #96, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy at #92 and cornerback Darrelle Revis at #67. That’s an indication of how aggressively the Buccaneers have pursued the league’s top talents in the last 14 months – Jackson, Martin, Goldson and Revis have all joined Tampa Bay’s roster since March of 2012.
The NFL Network’s Top 100 list, which is now in its third edition after debuting during the 2011 offseason, is compiled using the votes of NFL players themselves. The first 10-man segment was broadcast on the evening of the final day of the 2013 draft, followed by a new group of 10 unveiled each Thursday evening. Fans can check out the list and watch highlight videos for each player here on NFL.com. Fans can also vote on whether each player is underrated or overrated, and create their own NFL Top 10 list as the whole 100 is unveiled.