The NFL Network began their annual offseason (fluff) series on Monday night: “The NFL Top 100.” As a reminder, this list is determined by polling current NFL players.
So far, spots 100 through 81 have been revealed. Two Philadelphia Eagles players made the cut in that range: safety Malcolm Jenkins at 96 and right tackle Lane Johnson at 95.
In the words of Meek Mill: “Hold up, wait a minute.”
96 and 95? That’s too low for these Super Bowl champions.
Jenkins is one of the most versatile defenders in the league. Last year, he split snaps at linebacker, safety, nickel corner, and even outside corner. He was effective in all of those positions. Jenkins also made one of the biggest plays in the Super Bowl by legally knocking Brandin Cooks out of the game (pictured above).
Jenkins didn’t take kindly to his NFL Top 100 ranking, and neither did his teammates.
Well deserved but should be way higher, he’s plays pretty much every position on defense!! https://t.co/BWgWvgFmaU— Chris Maragos (@ChrisMaragos) May 1, 2018
As for Johnson, he was, at the very least, the best right tackle in the league in 2017. And he was arguably even the league’s top overall tackle.
Lane Johnson faced the following stud edge rushers this yr, and shut them all out: Kerrigan x2, Justin Houston, JPP x2, Bosa, Von Miller, DeMarcus Lawrence, Michael Bennett, and Khalil Mack. He allowed just 1 sack on the season, to the 49ers' Leger Douzable. That is amazing.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 5, 2018
The reality is that Johnson is going to finish lower on this NFL Top 100 list than a number of edge rushers he shut down. Smh.
I’m not big on complaining about a list this inconsequential, but cmon. Best tackle in the NFL last year. https://t.co/YJzWdZdvbC— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 1, 2018
Chris Long is right. This list doesn’t really matter.
If anything, hopefully the disrespect fuels the Eagles to continue to disprove their non-believers.