Monday, August 19, 2013
#NFLRank 100-91: AFC North breakdown
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN polled 63 experts from its various outlets and asked them to rank NFL players from a scale of 0 to 10. The result: this #NFLRank project that compiled the 100 best players on offense and defense. It kicks off today with the players who ranked between 91 and 100 on offense and defense. Here are the three AFC North players that made the cut:
91. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end: Miller once again a focal point of the offense in Todd Haley's first season as coordinator, catching 71 passes for career highs in yards (816) and touchdowns (eight). But he is expected to miss the first month of the season recovering from ACL surgery in January.
95. Antonio Brown, Steelers wide receiver: Brown is projected to be the Steelers' new No. 1 receiver after Mike Wallace went to the Miami Dolphins in free agency. His receiving yards dropped from 1,108 in 2011 to 787 last season, a 321-yard decline.
99. James Harrison, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker: The 2008 NFL defensive player of the year watched his sack total fall to six last season, his fewest in his six seasons as a full-time starter. But when it comes to meanness and toughness, he still ranks in the NFL's top 10.