Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
The anonymous survey, in which every ESPN NFL Nation reporter asked 10 players on their respective beats, included the following question: Who is the most feared player in the NFL?
The winner, with 19 percent of the vote, was Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who finished just ahead of his teammate, receiver Calvin Johnson.
No Oakland Raiders players finished in the top seven of balloting, in which 48 players received votes.
In speaking to Raiders players, none voted for Suh while two went with Johnson and two others picked Houston Texans defensive end and reigning NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, who finished third in the poll with 7.5 percent of the vote.
The rest of the top seven: San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis (7.2 percent), Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (6.6), Cincinnati Bengals LB James Harrison (5.6) and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (5.0).
Truly, with the paradigm shift underway in Oakland, it’s hard to envision a Raiders player making this list anytime soon. Lamarr Houston, perhaps? It’s a far cry from the days of Bill Romanowski to the likes of Lyle Alzado to Jack Tatum and Ben Davidson, for example.