First and 10: All kinds of ‘Top 100’ reactions

What’s a Monday morning without a chance to hear Dave Dameshek vent about Sunday night’s episode of “Top 100 Players of 2011” on NFL Network? For a moment, you can hear him soften his stance on return specialist Devin Hester. But only for a moment. And, of course, when comparing anyone in the 31-40 range who was featured Sunday night, none of them deserves to be higher than Ben Roethlisberger, Dameshek says. Give a listen to the bonus podcast.

Here’s what else is on tap Monday:

  • And speaking of opinions from Faulk, the NFL analyst also weighed in on the debate over which running back is No. 1 — Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson. Want to know Faulk’s pick? You’ll have to click to find out.
  • OK, here’s a hint: Faulk’s choice for best RB in the NFL is currently the runaway leader in the Poll. Check out the home page and cast your vote if you want to see those results.
  • Ravens RB Ray Rice checked in at No. 56 on the Top 100. Not sure if his key fumble in last season’s playoff loss to the Steelers held him back, but Rice says he’s put that behind him and is ready for a big 2011 season.
  • Despite all the talk of veteran receiver Steve Smith leaving Carolina,’s Steve Wyche doesn’t think it’s a fait accompli, and he said so in a recent chat.
  • A little switcheroo this week in the chat schedule: analyst Pat Kirwan moves to Tuesday this week, and today’s live chat features personnel guru Gil Brandt. Gil joins the chat room at 1 p.m. ET, and you can submit a question now.
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