No position is better represented on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2011” than wide receiver, with 18 making the cut as voted by players. On Sunday, 10 more players were revealed, including two wideouts — Miles Austin (No.70) and Brandon Marshall (No. 61).
Austin and Marshall join fellow wideouts Terrell Owens (91), Josh Cribbs (84), Mike Williams (83), Santonio Holmes (76), and Greg Jennings (74) with 11 more to come.
NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp believes Marshall would be higher on the list with more stability at the QB position in Miami.
“I think that might have a little something to do with the quarterback that was throwing him the ball,” Sapp said. “Normally when you have a good combination they both rise; when you have a bad combination, somebody has to suffer, so Brandon is suffering for his quarterback.”
Sapp didn’t hesitate when asked who should be the top-ranked WR on the list.
“That’s simple,” said the University of Miami alum. “There’s 10 ‘Canes on this list and Andre Johnson will top it as the number one receiver.”
NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner disagreed.
“I’m going to go with my old cohort Larry Fitzgerald,” said Warner, who formed a fearsome pairing with the Arizona wideout from 2005-2009. “(He’ll) maybe suffer a little bit like you said because the quarterback was maybe down a little bit last year, so maybe he falls.”
Ten players are revealed each week from the Top 100 list, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Next week will countdown numbers 60 through 51.