The Buccaneers got a third – and likely final – player named to NFL Network’s “Top 100” list Wednesday night, as Gerald McCoy was voted by his peers as the NFL’s 28th best player.
McCoy, who ranked in the same spot during last year’s version of the series, continued his dominance in 2014 despite his team finishing worst in the league. In fact, over the past three seasons – after being sidelined with bicep injuries through much of his first two years (2010, 2011) – McCoy has improved every season while his team’s overall record has regressed.
A three-time Pro Bowler (2012, 2013, 2014), McCoy finished the 2014 season with 35 tackles and 8.5 sacks, bringing his career totals to 154 and 27.5, the latter of which ranking him eighth all-time for the Buccaneers. And considering the team’s year-long struggle at defensive end, McCoy’s ability to collapse the pocket and serve as a force against the run despite little help from the outside becomes even more impressive and worthy of a top spot in the top 100.
The honor joins him with fellow Bucs Lavonte David and Mike Evans, who checked in at 56 and 75, respectively. See the video on NFL.com here
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