AFC East: NFL Nation Survey

NFL survery/player safety: Jets

January, 27, 2014
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Our NFL Nation network of team reporters polled 320 players across the league -- 10 from each team -- to produce a confidential survey that covered eight probing questions/hot topics. Next up ...

True or false: I'd play in the Super Bowl with a concussion.

Results: True -- 272 (85 percent); False -- 48 (15 percent).

Our take: Obviously, concussions are a hot-button issue in the NFL. Judging from the lopsided results, the players don't seem too alarmed by potential long-term effects. If they are, it's clear they're willing to take the risk in order to play on the biggest stage. The Jets' voting fell in line with the rest of the league, as nine out of 10 said they'd play in the Super Bowl with a concussion. A couple of players paused for a few seconds before answering, but most of them replied without hesitation. A handful of player shrugged their shoulders as if to say, "What, are you kidding me? Of course." Interesting.

True or false: The NFL is committed to player safety.

Results: True -- 192 (60 percent); False -- 128 (40 percent).

Our take: Here, the Jets differed from the rest of the league, as eight out of 10 answered "true." Without a doubt, the players gave more consideration to this response than they did for the concussion question. They probably mulled the various rule changes designed to protect the players. In the end, they felt the league had their back. One offensive player and one defensive player felt otherwise.

NFLN survey/respected player: Jets

January, 16, 2014
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Our NFL Nation network of team reporters polled 320 players across the league -- 10 from each team -- to produce a confidential survey that covered eight probing questions/hot topics. Next up ...

Question: Which player do you respect the most?

Winner: Peyton Manning, quarterback, Denver Broncos.

Our take: Manning was a landslide winner with 86 votes (26.8 percent), accumulating more than three times the number of votes as the second-place finishers, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (24 each). The Manning-Brady dynamic is interesting. Brady has three Super Bowl rings to Manning's one, yet it's clear which quarterback is more popular among his peers. It makes for interesting discussion fodder, especially with a Manning-Brady showdown in the AFC Championship Game.

I can tell you this: Manning received the most votes (three) among the 10 Jets players who participated in the survey. Two players voted for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Five other players, including Peterson, received one vote apiece.

Only two Jets received votes from their peers around the league: safety Ed Reed (five) and linebacker David Harris (one). Obviously, Reed drew attention for his stellar years with the Baltimore Ravens, not his seven-game, hired-gun gig with the Jets. Players weren't allowed to vote for teammates. A total of 78 players received votes in this category.

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