For the third year, current NFL players have voted to offer their ranking of the 100 best players in the league heading into 2013, and two Giants made the latest installment, which was unveiled on NFL Network this week. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul came in at No. 55, down from No. 24 in 2012, while wide receiver Victor Cruz was ranked No. 58 after previously being voted No. 39.
“I think of Jason, I think of freakish athletic ability,” former Cowboys guard Derrick Dockery said on NFL Network. “I think of explosiveness. If you don’t bring it every play, you will get embarrassed.”
Tampa Bay offensive tackle Donald Penn also lauded Pierre-Paul, who had eight tackles and a sack against his Buccaneers in their 2012 meeting.
“He’s a specimen,” Penn said. “He’s one of those beasts. His arms are so long I think if he stands straight up, he could scratch his knee without bending down, and that causes a lot of problems for a tackle. As a tackle, you’ve got to get your hands on him first, and Pierre-Paul is hard to get your hands on first because his arms are so long.”
Five members of the Giants earned a nod in 2012: WR Hakeem Nicks (90), DE Justin Tuck (62), Cruz (39), QB Eli Manning (31), and Pierre-Paul (24).
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