Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Giants
By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com's NFL Nation surveyed 10 players from every team on a variety of questions, and the results will be released in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The first question addressed in our series was, "Who is the most feared player in the NFL?", and while the results don't include any New York Giants players, they do include a few players the Giants faced this season.
The top two players on the list were Detroit Lions -- defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who got 19 percent of the vote, and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who got 18.1 percent of the vote. The vast difference in the roles those two players have for the Lions indicates the open-endedness of the question, which was a characteristic I found interesting in my own confidential polling of Giants players. There were defensive players named for their fearsome ability to dominate games physically, and there were offensive players named for their ability to demoralize defenses.
As for those two particular Lions, neither turned in any kind of eye-popping performance in the Week 16 game the Giants came back to win in overtime in Detroit. The Lions were toast by then, and were eliminated from postseason contention by that game's result.
Other players on the list who played on Giants 2013 opponents included Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who took them apart in Week 2, and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who didn't do much in that "Monday Night Football" game in Week 7 that produced the Giants' first victory of the season.
The survey was a fun and fascinating exercise, and I look forward to sharing more of the results with you as the weeks before the Super Bowl unfold.