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.
Last offseason, Darrelle Revis placed fifth on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players in the league. This year, he comes in at #67. It’s hard to say which honor is more impressive.
The NFL Network has compiled its Top 100 list, using exclusively ballots cast by NFL players themselves, since the 2011 offseason. In each case, the series of shows revealing the list has been titled with the current calendar year; i.e. this year’s series is called “The Top 100 Players of 2013 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.” However, since the votes are cast near the end of the previous year’s regular-season, it is clear that the list reflects who the players believe are the best of their peers at that time.
And that’s what makes Revis’ placement in 2013 a rather striking complement. Continue reading
NFL Network began counting down “The Top 100 Players of 2013″ on the last night of the draft, and Buccaneer fans immediately had a reason to tune in. Two of the first 10 players revealed on the list proved to be Buccaneers, as S Dashon Goldson landed at #96 and DT Gerald McCoy at #92.
Three weeks later, the network is set to divulge the 61-70 portion of its list – a new group of 10 is unveiled each Thursday night – and Buc fans get to play the guessing game again. There is definitely a Tampa Bay player in that group; who will it be, and where exactly will he land?
The latest episode of the aptly-named Top 100 Players of 2013 Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings series airs on NFL Network at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 16. At 9:00 p.m., the weekly reaction show follows, with analyses from Warren Sapp, Michael Silver and host Lindsay Rhodes.
This is the third year that the Network has counted down the Top 100, and the first time that Goldson and McCoy have been on the list. Last year, three players who were or are now Buccaneers made the Top 100: T Donald Penn at #97, G Carl Nicks at #76 and CB Darrelle Revis at #5.
While the Top 100 list was created by voting from NFL players themselves, fans can still get in on the process here on NFL.com. You will be presented with a series of “matchups” between two top players, and after casting 30 votes you can begin producing your own “Top 10″ list.
Lavonte David hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl yet. Doug Martin and Gerald McCoy have been all-stars, but they haven’t hit a quarter-century yet.
Whether they’re under the radar like David or just under 25 like Martin and McCoy, the Buccaneers’ up-and-coming stars are catching notice around the NFL. That was emphasized once again this week, as USA Today’s Nate Davis named David to his “All-Joe” team and NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison tabbed both Martin and McCoy for his All-Under-25 Team. Continue reading