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Mathieu, Fitz go back-to-back on top 100

Posted by Darren Urban on June 22, 2016 – 5:33 pm

As the NFL Network’s top 100 list pulled into the top 30 Wednesday night, not one but two Cardinals made the list. Safety Tyrann Mathieu is No. 28 on the list, with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at No. 27. It is Mathieu’s first inclusion on the list, while this is the sixth time Fitzgerald has made it. Both players figured to be honored, given how they played in 2015. Heck, Fitzgerald made the list even in his down statistical years, so he was a lock to get in after a 109-catch season.

For those keeping track, Fitz has gone from 14th to seventh to 22nd to 38th to 68th and now back to 27th.

Mathieu, meanwhile, was still an all-pro even with his ACL tear. The way he has been playing, Mathieu has proved when he is healthy, he’ll be a lock for this list. He’s not only incredibly productive, but popular too all across the league (this list is voted on by players.)

The Cardinals already had two others on this year’s list: DT Calais Campbell at No. 71, and OLB Chandler Jones at No. 48. Cornerback Patrick Peterson figures to land in the top 20 — which is all that is left. Is it possible QB Carson Palmer will be in the top 20? Or will he be left off the list?


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8 Responses to “Mathieu, Fitz go back-to-back on top 100”

  1. By rod on Jun 22, 2016 | Reply

    There is no way in heckiloo that Carson isn’t on this list when it’s all said and dizzay!

  2. By Eazy E on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    Yes Sir!! Back To Back(Drake Voice)!!

  3. By Eric G on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    Given that the list is based not only on what players did last year but what they are expected to do in 2016, one would have to imagine Carson is on the list with all of the top receivers coming back.

  4. By Scott H on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    Sweet. Just….so…friggin….SWEET. Fitz back on the list, much closer to where he rightfully belongs – and the Honey Badger coming from nowhere to #28. Righteous.

    And there is NO DOUBT Palmer is in the Top 20. I’m not even wondering about that. The man was a LEGIT MVP candidate all year, right there with Newton and Brady. No way he’s not in the Top 20.

    Coming next year to this list – David Johnson. And hopefully, Michael Floyd.

  5. By Chris Lewis on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    I can’t imagine Palmer being left off the list but I don’t see him being in the top 20 either. He should at least be in the top 50, he’s thrown for over 4,000 yds. the past 2 yrs. and he should’ve been on the list last year. I don’t know what else Palmer has to do to prove he’s an elite QB and deserved of the top 100 players.

  6. By clssylssy on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    Carson was ranked #1 ahead of Brady,Newton,& Rogers until the end of the season and so for him not to make the list would validate how meaningless these lists are. IMO Chris Johnson deserves to be in the conversation as much as CC (although I love the guy) if looking at the playmakers.
    As far as basing this on future potential that seems like a bit of a stretch as nobody knows how guys will come back after the offseason. Nonetheless, we all know Larry Legend belongs on the list!

  7. By Kevin S Mesa on Jun 23, 2016 | Reply

    QB’s on the low end of the list this year include Derek Carr at 100, Andrew Luck (after a poor year) at 92, Kirk Cousins at 85, and Alex Smith at 81.

    All these guys had good years last year, but it’s not like Carr and Cousins have a long track record of excellence — they’re in primarily on the strength of last year. If their 2015’s were good enough to make the top 100, there’s no way Palmer gets left out.

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