The Cardinals finally had another entry into the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list. Last time we checked in on the list, linebacker Daryl Washington was entered at No. 94. Now Patrick Peterson has made the list at No. 33 (as you can see in the video below). Knowing Patrick, he’d rather be in the top 20. Or top 10. He’s certainly headed in that direction (He looked good in OTAs before missing the last couple of weeks because of a family matter — I expect him at mandatory minicamp next week.) These lists are arbitrary, of course, and while it is compiled from voting by NFL players, every summer there are more stories about players saying they’ve never voted for such a list than guys who have acknowledged they have.
The question now is this: With 30 spots remaining to be unveiled, do the Cardinals have anyone else? I’d think Peterson would rank higher than Calais Campbell, so while I think Campbell probably is among the top 100 players in the league right now, it doesn’t look like it will be reflected on this list. That’s unfortunate. Then that takes us to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz was No. 14 in 2011 and No. 7 last summer. Of course, in 2012, Fitz struggled with his numbers — 71 catches, 798 yards, four touchdowns. Those aren’t stats that carry you into the top 30 players in the league. Then again, those aren’t stats that carry you into the Pro Bowl, yet that’s where Fitz ended up in January.
If I had to bet right now, I think Fitz will be on this list. He’s that well respected. We will see. I do know this — I expect Fitz to have a much better year this season than last.
Tags: Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson
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