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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Survey/respected player: Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- In our NFL Nation survey, one of the questions we asked was which player in the league is respected the most. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was the winner.

No argument on Manning. But let’s have a little fun with this and narrow the question to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’m seeing plenty of good candidates and I’m basing things on what guys do on and off the field. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Darrelle Revis are arguably among the league’s best at their positions. You could also make a case for wide receiver Vincent Jackson. All four also are solid locker-room guys.

I don’t see a clear-cut winner here. I see at least four guys that are in the conversation. That might be better than having just one candidate.