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Published: Nov. 15, 2017 at 09:40 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2017 at 02:29 p.m.

NFL's top 2-way players

Rookie Adoree Jackson proved his versatility in Week 10, playing both sides of the ball during the Titans’ win against the Bengals. As he prepares to take on the Steelers, take a look back at some of the best two-way players in league history.

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  • Adoree' Jackson was the first-round pick by Tennessee Titans in 2017 NFL Draft (18th overall).Through just 9 career NFL games, Jackson has already shown his versatility. On defense, Jackson has 37 total tackles (1 tackle for loss), 9 passes defensed and one forced fumble, and on offense, he has 4 carries for 50 yards. 
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Notable Defensive Performance: (2016 - USC) 5 INT in his final season with the Trojans
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Notable Offensive Performance: (2015 - USC) 3 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD 
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Notable Accolades at USC: 2016 First-Team All-American, 2016 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year (Pac-12) and 2016 Jim Thorpe Award (nation's most outstanding defensive back) 11

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    Adoree' Jackson

    Adoree' Jackson was the first-round pick by Tennessee Titans in 2017 NFL Draft (18th overall).Through just 9 career NFL games, Jackson has already shown his versatility. On defense, Jackson has 37 total tackles (1 tackle for loss), 9 passes defensed and one forced fumble, and on offense, he has 4 carries for 50 yards.

    Notable Defensive Performance: (2016 - USC) 5 INT in his final season with the Trojans

    Notable Offensive Performance: (2015 - USC) 3 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD

    Notable Accolades at USC: 2016 First-Team All-American, 2016 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year (Pac-12) and 2016 Jim Thorpe Award (nation's most outstanding defensive back)

  • Watt has primarily been a defensive player during his Texans tenure, but the defensive end played 13 offensive snaps from 2014-15. He served has a receiving threat near the goal line by catching three touchdowns for the Texans against the Raiders, Browns and Titans in 2014. Watt has the most sacks in the NFL since 2012 (70.5) and has scored four total touchdowns (three offensive, one defensive).
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Notable Defensive Play: (2014 - HOU) 80-yd INT Return TD against the Bills in Week 4 win (23-17)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2014 - HOU) 2-yd Rec TD against the Browns in Week 11 win (23-7) 10

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    J.J. Watt

    Watt has primarily been a defensive player during his Texans tenure, but the defensive end played 13 offensive snaps from 2014-15. He served has a receiving threat near the goal line by catching three touchdowns for the Texans against the Raiders, Browns and Titans in 2014. Watt has the most sacks in the NFL since 2012 (70.5) and has scored four total touchdowns (three offensive, one defensive).

    Notable Defensive Play: (2014 - HOU) 80-yd INT Return TD against the Bills in Week 4 win (23-17)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2014 - HOU) 2-yd Rec TD against the Browns in Week 11 win (23-7)

  • Devin Hester made his mark on special teams as a returner and offense as a receiver and runner from 2006-16. Hester accounted for 36 total touchdowns (19 return touchdowns, 16 receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown) in his career. His 19 return touchdowns were made up of 14 punt returns and 5 kickoff returns, which are the most in NFL history. The 14 punt return touchdowns are also the most in NFL history.
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Notable Special Teams Play: (2006 - CHI) 92-yd Kickoff Return TD against the Colts in Super Bowl XLI loss (29-17)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2007 - CHI) 81-yd Rec TD against the Vikings in Week 6 loss (31-34) 9

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    Devin Hester

    Devin Hester made his mark on special teams as a returner and offense as a receiver and runner from 2006-16. Hester accounted for 36 total touchdowns (19 return touchdowns, 16 receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown) in his career. His 19 return touchdowns were made up of 14 punt returns and 5 kickoff returns, which are the most in NFL history. The 14 punt return touchdowns are also the most in NFL history.

    Notable Special Teams Play: (2006 - CHI) 92-yd Kickoff Return TD against the Colts in Super Bowl XLI loss (29-17)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2007 - CHI) 81-yd Rec TD against the Vikings in Week 6 loss (31-34)

  • Mike Vrabel was primarily used as a linebacker in his playing days, but after he left the Steelers his offensive skillset was tapped into by the Patriots. In his 14 year career, Vrabel played in 206 games (140 starts) and collected 57.0 sacks, defended 41 passes and returned an interception for a touchdown. On the offensive side, Vrabel served as a red zone target for the Patriots and the Chiefs. From 2002-10, he had 10 receptions for 14 yards and 10 touchdowns. Vrabel scored 11 total touchdowns in his NFL career.
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Notable Defensive Play: (2005 - NE) 24-yd INT Return TD against the Panthers in Week 2 loss (17-27)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2005 - NE) 2-yd Rec TD against the Jets in Week 11 win (31-21) 8

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    Mike Vrabel

    Mike Vrabel was primarily used as a linebacker in his playing days, but after he left the Steelers his offensive skillset was tapped into by the Patriots. In his 14 year career, Vrabel played in 206 games (140 starts) and collected 57.0 sacks, defended 41 passes and returned an interception for a touchdown. On the offensive side, Vrabel served as a red zone target for the Patriots and the Chiefs. From 2002-10, he had 10 receptions for 14 yards and 10 touchdowns. Vrabel scored 11 total touchdowns in his NFL career.

    Notable Defensive Play: (2005 - NE) 24-yd INT Return TD against the Panthers in Week 2 loss (17-27)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2005 - NE) 2-yd Rec TD against the Jets in Week 11 win (31-21)

  • Since being selected 5th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Patrick Peterson has been a versatile player for the Cardinals with most of his work coming as a cornerback. Peterson has played and started in every game (105 games) for the Cardinals. On defense, Peterson has defended 67 passes, collected 20 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and 2.0 sacks. On offense, Peterson hasn't scored a touchdown but played 48 offensive snaps resulting in 17 offensive touches for 98 scrimmage yards. On special teams, Peterson has returned four punts for touchdowns, all coming in 2011.
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Notable Special Teams Play: (2011 - ARI) 99-yd Punt Return TD against the Rams in Week 9 win (19-13)
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Notable Defensive Play: (2014 - ARI) 30-yd INT Return TD against the Rams in Week 10 win (31-14) 7

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    Patrick Peterson

    Since being selected 5th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, Patrick Peterson has been a versatile player for the Cardinals with most of his work coming as a cornerback. Peterson has played and started in every game (105 games) for the Cardinals. On defense, Peterson has defended 67 passes, collected 20 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and 2.0 sacks. On offense, Peterson hasn't scored a touchdown but played 48 offensive snaps resulting in 17 offensive touches for 98 scrimmage yards. On special teams, Peterson has returned four punts for touchdowns, all coming in 2011.

    Notable Special Teams Play: (2011 - ARI) 99-yd Punt Return TD against the Rams in Week 9 win (19-13)

    Notable Defensive Play: (2014 - ARI) 30-yd INT Return TD against the Rams in Week 10 win (31-14)

  • Dontari Poe was selected 11th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Chiefs to serve as a defensive tackle. The Chiefs used Poe on 11 offensive snaps and he received one carry in 2015 and 2016, both of which resulted in touchdowns. Poe has played in 87 games (85 starts) for the Chiefs and Falcons. He has recorded 14.5 sacks, 18 tackles-for-losses, 2 forced fumbles and defended 14 passes
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Notable Defensive Play: (2015 - KC) Forced RB LeSean McCoy to fumble against the Bills in Week 12 win (30-22)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2016 - KC) 1-yd Rush TD against the Raiders in Week 6 win (26-10) 6

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    Dontari Poe

    Dontari Poe was selected 11th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Chiefs to serve as a defensive tackle. The Chiefs used Poe on 11 offensive snaps and he received one carry in 2015 and 2016, both of which resulted in touchdowns. Poe has played in 87 games (85 starts) for the Chiefs and Falcons. He has recorded 14.5 sacks, 18 tackles-for-losses, 2 forced fumbles and defended 14 passes

    Notable Defensive Play: (2015 - KC) Forced RB LeSean McCoy to fumble against the Bills in Week 12 win (30-22)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2016 - KC) 1-yd Rush TD against the Raiders in Week 6 win (26-10)

  • Julian Edelman was selected in the 7th round (232nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He primarily plays wide receiver, but has made an impact with the Patriots on special teams and defense. Edelman has played 91 defensive snaps and recorded 13 tackles, a quarterback hit, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. On special teams, Edelman has done most of his damage on punt returns (1,832 punt return yards and 4 punt return touchdowns). On offense, Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns in his NFL career.
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Notable Defensive Play: (2015 - NE) Fumble returned 22 yards for a TD against the Jets in Week 12 win (49-19)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2016 - NE) 3-yd Rec TD against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX win (28-24)
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Notable Special Teams Play: (2014 - NE) 84-yd Punt Return TD against the Broncos in Week 9 win (43-21) 5

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    Julian Edelman

    Julian Edelman was selected in the 7th round (232nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He primarily plays wide receiver, but has made an impact with the Patriots on special teams and defense. Edelman has played 91 defensive snaps and recorded 13 tackles, a quarterback hit, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. On special teams, Edelman has done most of his damage on punt returns (1,832 punt return yards and 4 punt return touchdowns). On offense, Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns in his NFL career.

    Notable Defensive Play: (2015 - NE) Fumble returned 22 yards for a TD against the Jets in Week 12 win (49-19)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2016 - NE) 3-yd Rec TD against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX win (28-24)

    Notable Special Teams Play: (2014 - NE) 84-yd Punt Return TD against the Broncos in Week 9 win (43-21)

  • Kordell Stewart was selected in the 2nd round (60th overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Stewart played quarterback throughout his career, but also made plays as a wide receiver. In his 11 year career, Stewart threw for 14,746 yards and 77 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 41 receptions for 658 yards and 5 touchdowns.
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WR (1995 - PIT) 71-yd Rec TD against the Bengals in Week 12 win (49-31)
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QB (2001 - PIT) 90-yd Pass TD against the Ravens in Week 14 win (26-21) 4

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    Kordell Stewart

    Kordell Stewart was selected in the 2nd round (60th overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Stewart played quarterback throughout his career, but also made plays as a wide receiver. In his 11 year career, Stewart threw for 14,746 yards and 77 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 41 receptions for 658 yards and 5 touchdowns.

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    WR (1995 - PIT) 71-yd Rec TD against the Bengals in Week 12 win (49-31)

    QB (2001 - PIT) 90-yd Pass TD against the Ravens in Week 14 win (26-21)

  • Troy Brown was a triple threat as he made impacts on offense, defense and special teams. Brown was selected in the 8th round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. As a receiver, Brown recorded 557 receptions for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns in his 15-year career. On defense, he made 39 tackles, broke up 5 passes and had 3 interceptions. On special teams, he was dangerous as a punt returner with 2,625 punt return yards and 3 punt return touchdowns.
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Notable Defensive Play: (2004 - NE) INT returned for 17 yards (no TD) against the Bills in Week 10 win (29-6)
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Notable Offensive Play: (2003 - NE) 24-yd Rec TD against the Dolphins in Wild Card win (17-3)
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Notable Special Teams Play: (2001 - NE) 55-yd Punt Return TD against the Steelers in AFC Championship win (24-17) 3

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    Troy Brown

    Troy Brown was a triple threat as he made impacts on offense, defense and special teams. Brown was selected in the 8th round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. As a receiver, Brown recorded 557 receptions for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns in his 15-year career. On defense, he made 39 tackles, broke up 5 passes and had 3 interceptions. On special teams, he was dangerous as a punt returner with 2,625 punt return yards and 3 punt return touchdowns.

    Notable Defensive Play: (2004 - NE) INT returned for 17 yards (no TD) against the Bills in Week 10 win (29-6)

    Notable Offensive Play: (2003 - NE) 24-yd Rec TD against the Dolphins in Wild Card win (17-3)

    Notable Special Teams Play: (2001 - NE) 55-yd Punt Return TD against the Steelers in AFC Championship win (24-17)

  • Randy Moss was explosive as a wide receiver, but he also made plays on special teams & defense. Moss was selected 21st overall in 1998 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He currently ranks 2nd all-time in receiving touchdowns (156), 3rd all-time in receiving yards (15,292) and 15th all-time in receptions (982). Moss was utilized on defense by the Patriots in certain situations and recorded his lone interception and two defended passes in his four seasons in New England. He also returned punts in his second season with the Vikings (17 returns for 162 yards and a touchdown).
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Notable Defensive Play: (2009 - NE) INT against the Broncos in Week 5 loss (17-20)
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Notable Offensive Play: (1999 - MIN) 67-yd Rec TD against the Lions in Week 17 win (24-17)
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Notable Special Teams Play: (1999 - MIN) 67-yd Punt Return TD against the Chiefs in Week 14 loss (28-31) 2

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    Randy Moss

    Randy Moss was explosive as a wide receiver, but he also made plays on special teams & defense. Moss was selected 21st overall in 1998 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He currently ranks 2nd all-time in receiving touchdowns (156), 3rd all-time in receiving yards (15,292) and 15th all-time in receptions (982). Moss was utilized on defense by the Patriots in certain situations and recorded his lone interception and two defended passes in his four seasons in New England. He also returned punts in his second season with the Vikings (17 returns for 162 yards and a touchdown).

    Notable Defensive Play: (2009 - NE) INT against the Broncos in Week 5 loss (17-20)

    Notable Offensive Play: (1999 - MIN) 67-yd Rec TD against the Lions in Week 17 win (24-17)

    Notable Special Teams Play: (1999 - MIN) 67-yd Punt Return TD against the Chiefs in Week 14 loss (28-31)

  • Rob Gronkowski was selected in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. On offense, Gronkowski has been one of the most dynamic tight ends in NFL history (443 receptions, 6,678 receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns). His 73 receiving touchdowns are the 3rd most all-time by a tight end. The Patriots also utilized him on defense in certain situations and he's actually defended a pass attempt this season (Week 3 against Houston).
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Notable Offensive Play: (2014 - NE) 22-yd Rec TD against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX win (28-24)
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Notable Defensive Play: (2017 - NE) Pass defended against the Texans in Week 3 win (36-33) 1

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    Rob Gronkowski

    Rob Gronkowski was selected in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. On offense, Gronkowski has been one of the most dynamic tight ends in NFL history (443 receptions, 6,678 receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns). His 73 receiving touchdowns are the 3rd most all-time by a tight end. The Patriots also utilized him on defense in certain situations and he's actually defended a pass attempt this season (Week 3 against Houston).

    Notable Offensive Play: (2014 - NE) 22-yd Rec TD against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX win (28-24)

    Notable Defensive Play: (2017 - NE) Pass defended against the Texans in Week 3 win (36-33)

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