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Thursday, January 9, 2014
NFLN survey/feared player: Colts

By Mike Wells

The first in a series of survey questions leading to the Super Bowl, NFL Nation Confidential, started Thursday. Each team's beat reporter asked 10 players anonymous questions to ensure they gave an honest answer.

The first question in the series: Who is the most feared player in the NFL?

The Detroit Lions -- for two different reasons -- had the top two vote-getters. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received 61 votes to beat out teammate Calvin Johnson, who had 58 votes. No other player received more than 30 votes. Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning received 6.6 percent of the votes.

You can look at Suh being the most feared player two ways. You can't knock Suh's talent. He has 27.5 sacks in a four-year career, and he's a three-time Pro Bowler. But I don't think he was the top vote-getter for his talent.

Suh has a reputation of being a dirty player.

Johnson, on the other hand, is feared simply based on his talent. He had 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns despite dealing with a knee problem this season. Double-teaming Johnson rarely works because he has a combination of size and speed. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys, as Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards against them.