Vincent Jackson is #44 on the NFL Top 100 of 2014By Sander Philipse?@Sanderrp Jun 11 2014, 9:36pm Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsVincent Jackson is the first Tampa Bay Buccaneer to appear on the NFL Top 100 of 2014. Who else will the NFL players vote onto this list?The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally have their first player on the NFL Top 100 of 2014, with Vincent Jackson coming in at number 44. The huge receiver actually improved his ranking on the top 100 despite a slightly worse season, as he came in at number 57 last year. You can find Jackson's NFL Films vignette at the official NFL Top 100 website.Jackson caught a considerable amount of flak last year, and I was never quite able to figure out why. He got tackled at the goal-line a couple of times, but to hold getting to the goal-line against him seems ridiculously petty. He had a few too many drops at the start of the season, but that issue disappeared as the season went on, and didn't prevent him from posting a ridiculous statline on an anemic offense.The big wide receiver really has been that rarest of birds: the premium free agent actually worth his money, at least so far. He's produced over 2,600 yards and 15 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Buccaneers. His past two seasons have been more productive than any of his seasons before coming to Tampa. That really is more than anyone could have asked for when they signed the 6'5" receiver out of San Diego. And at 31, he should have at least a couple of years of very productive play left in him.The NFL top 100 isn't really a relevant measure, as it's voted on by players who are asked to select just a handful of players for their own top lists, which leads to a few odd selections and oversights every year. Still, it's a pretty good excuse to watch some high-quality NFL films vignettes. That's always fun.Jackson won't be the final Buccaneer to appear on this player-voted list, though. Gerald McCoy is almost certain to be very, very high on this list after being named a first-team All-Pro and generally just being defensive destruction incarnated. Lavonte David should be on this list, but the fact that it's player-voted and the fact that the players left him off the Pro Bowl list makes me a bit nervous about the possibility of yet another David snub.Alterraun Verner and Michael Johnson might make the list, though that's a little unlikely at this point, while former Buc Darrelle Revis should be on it, too. Doug Martin won't make it, given his injury, and neither will Demar Dotson despite his high PFF grades, unless something very strange happens.link
I’m actually surprised VJax came in this high, figured he’d be in the 100-80 range. And the farther it goes along without Lavonte being on the list, the more I’m hoping he’s not forgotten. I read somewhere that it was players/coaches vote that kept him out of the pro bowl, so I’m wondering if he has the players respect yet. If he is not on next weeks episode I would lose a lot of hope of him making it. Would remind me of Richard Sherman 2 years ago when he was an All Pro and didn’t make pro bowl or top 100.
I think McCoy makes it for sure… but I don’t have faith that David will make it. He absolutely deserves it but I can’t see the voters putting him above Bowman, and with Bowman being on the list last night I think our last remaining Buc will be Gerald. I hope I’m wrong because LD is the best at what he does.Also, I like Verner but would be shocked if he was a top 40 player.
I’m PRETTY sure both David and McCoy are on the list. I was pretty skeptical about David making the list cause I thought he’d get snubbed again, but they have shown clips of him a couple times already. And last night it was mentioned that the bucs are one of the few losing teams with multiple players on the list. They then showed clips of David and McCoy, so that leads me to believe they are both there. If this was fans voting, no way David makes the list. But I think the players recognize what a baller he is. If he doesn’t make it, I’ll be pretty pissed TBH.
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