Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Jets
By Rich Cimini
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. First up ...
Question: Who is the most feared player in the NFL?
Winner: Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle, Detroit Lions.
Our take: Suh (61 votes) was a narrow winner over teammate Calvin Johnson (58). A total of 48 players received votes, and I can tell you that no one from the New York Jets cracked the top seven. Is that a surprise to anyone? It shouldn't be. When an opponent prepares to face the Jets, is there a player that causes sleepless nights? No. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is the closest thing to that kind of player, but he's still not the dynamic presence of, say, J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, who, by the way, placed third in the survey.
Interestingly, Suh garnered only one vote from the Jets' voting faction. You might say it's because they haven't faced the Lions in the regular season since 2010 -- there was a preseason contest last August -- but that didn't stop the Jets from giving a nod to Johnson. He led the way with four votes, followed by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (two) and four others with one vote apiece.
The Jets faced only one player who finished among the top seven -- Cincinnati Bengals linebacker James Harrison, who had one sack in his team's 49-9 win over the Jets.