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Thursday, January 16, 2014
NFLN survey/franchise player: Jaguars

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may be 37 years old but he’s still the one person more NFL players would like to have if they were starting team from scratch -- but not by much.

Manning was named on 19.3 percent of the ballots of our NFL Nation confidential survey of 320 players, narrowly edging out Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (17.5 percent). It’s really not surprising, though, considering his record-breaking season and the importance of elite quarterbacks.

In fact, five of the top seven vote-getters in the survey were quarterbacks. Only one, however, is under 30: Luck, who turned 24 last September.

The 10 Jaguars players surveyed fell right in line with those results as well. Manning received four votes, followed by Luck (two), Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (two), New England quarterback Tom Brady (one) and Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

The Jaguars' results, and those in the overall survey, are a bit surprising because I thought the overwhelming winner in the survey would be Luck. He meets all the criteria of someone around who you’d want to build a franchise: young, talented, smart, hard working, humble, and, most of all, a quarterback.