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Published: April 30, 2018 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2018 at 12:29 p.m.

Mind-boggling stats for the Top 100 Players of 2018: 100-81

The “Top 100 Players of 2018” countdown has begun. See the mind-blowing stats which prove why these guys are on the list.

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  • Thomas has 196 career receptions since entering the NFL in 2016. That is the most receptions by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.
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In 2017, Thomas joined Antonio Brown and Keenan Allen as the only players with at least 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards. 20

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    81. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

    Thomas has 196 career receptions since entering the NFL in 2016. That is the most receptions by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.

    In 2017, Thomas joined Antonio Brown and Keenan Allen as the only players with at least 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards.

  • In 2017, Lattimore led all rookies in interceptions (5) and passes defensed (18). He also became the first Saints player to win the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. 19

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    82. Marshon Lattimore, CB, New Orleans Saints

    In 2017, Lattimore led all rookies in interceptions (5) and passes defensed (18). He also became the first Saints player to win the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

  • In 2017, Joseph had 68 total tackles, which was the second-most among all defensive tackles in the NFL. The only defensive tackle with more was the Giants, Damon Harrison, who had 76.0 on the season.
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Joseph is just one of three defensive tackles with at least seven sacks and three-or-more forced fumbles since 2016. The others to accomplish those marks are Aaron Donald and Kawaan Short. 18

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    83. Linval Joseph, DT, Minnesota Vikings

    In 2017, Joseph had 68 total tackles, which was the second-most among all defensive tackles in the NFL. The only defensive tackle with more was the Giants, Damon Harrison, who had 76.0 on the season.

    Joseph is just one of three defensive tackles with at least seven sacks and three-or-more forced fumbles since 2016. The others to accomplish those marks are Aaron Donald and Kawaan Short.

  • Watt has 136 tackles for loss and 219 QB hits since 2011, which are both the most in the NFL over that span. What's more impressive is that Watt leads both categories despite playing in just eight games since 2016.
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Watt has won the AP Defensive Player of the Year award three times (2012, 2014-2015). He joins Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor, as the only players in NFL history to win that award on three occasions. 17

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    84. J.J. Watt, DE, Texans

    Watt has 136 tackles for loss and 219 QB hits since 2011, which are both the most in the NFL over that span. What's more impressive is that Watt leads both categories despite playing in just eight games since 2016.

    Watt has won the AP Defensive Player of the Year award three times (2012, 2014-2015). He joins Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor, as the only players in NFL history to win that award on three occasions.

  • Since 2016, Irvin has recorded 10 forced fumbles. That ties him with Yannick Ngakoue for the most in the NFL in that span.
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In 2017, Irvin had a career-high 14 tackles for loss. Irvin recorded single-digit tackles for loss in each of his previous five NFL seasons. 16

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    85. Bruce Irvin, LB, Oakland Raiders

    Since 2016, Irvin has recorded 10 forced fumbles. That ties him with Yannick Ngakoue for the most in the NFL in that span.

    In 2017, Irvin had a career-high 14 tackles for loss. Irvin recorded single-digit tackles for loss in each of his previous five NFL seasons.

  • Harris Jr. joins Richard Sherman as the only two cornerbacks in the NFL with multiple interceptions in each of the last six seasons.
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Since 2014, Harris Jr. has allowed a 68.0 passer rating when targeted. That's the second-lowest in the NFL among players with 200-or-more targets in that span. 15

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    86. Chris Harris Jr., CB, Denver Broncos

    Harris Jr. joins Richard Sherman as the only two cornerbacks in the NFL with multiple interceptions in each of the last six seasons.

    Since 2014, Harris Jr. has allowed a 68.0 passer rating when targeted. That's the second-lowest in the NFL among players with 200-or-more targets in that span.

  • In 2017, Whitworth was the oldest offensive tackle to start at least 10 games. Whitworth was 35 years old at the start of the 2017 season.
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Whitworth is one of three offensive tackles to make the Pro Bowl in each of last three seasons joining Tyron Smith and Trent Williams. 14

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    87. Andrew Whitworth, T, Los Angeles Rams

    In 2017, Whitworth was the oldest offensive tackle to start at least 10 games. Whitworth was 35 years old at the start of the 2017 season.

    Whitworth is one of three offensive tackles to make the Pro Bowl in each of last three seasons joining Tyron Smith and Trent Williams.

  • In 2017, Ngakoue joined Aaron Donald as the only two players in the NFL with 10-or-more sacks and at least five forced fumbles.
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In 2017, Ngakoue (12.0) and Calais Campbell (14.5) had the most combined sacks of any teammate duo in the NFL (26.5). 13

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    88. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

    In 2017, Ngakoue joined Aaron Donald as the only two players in the NFL with 10-or-more sacks and at least five forced fumbles.

    In 2017, Ngakoue (12.0) and Calais Campbell (14.5) had the most combined sacks of any teammate duo in the NFL (26.5).

  • Graham is the 5th player since 1970 to lead all tight ends in receiving touchdowns then switch teams the following season. Graham signed with the Packers this offseason after spending the previous three seasons with the Seahawks.
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In 2017, Graham posted his fourth career season with 10-or-more receiving touchdowns, which is tied for the second-most by a tight end in NFL history. Only the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski (5) has more 10-TD seasons. 12

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    89. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

    Graham is the 5th player since 1970 to lead all tight ends in receiving touchdowns then switch teams the following season. Graham signed with the Packers this offseason after spending the previous three seasons with the Seahawks.

    In 2017, Graham posted his fourth career season with 10-or-more receiving touchdowns, which is tied for the second-most by a tight end in NFL history. Only the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski (5) has more 10-TD seasons.

  • Garoppolo is 7-0 in his career as a starter (2-0 with NE, 5-0 with SF). Only three quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era have started their careers with more consecutive wins than Garoppolo (7); Ben Roethlisberger (15), Mike Tomczak (10) and Mike Livingston (9).
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Garoppolo has the fourth-most passing yards (2,038) in a player's first seven starts in NFL history. 11

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    90. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

    Garoppolo is 7-0 in his career as a starter (2-0 with NE, 5-0 with SF). Only three quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era have started their careers with more consecutive wins than Garoppolo (7); Ben Roethlisberger (15), Mike Tomczak (10) and Mike Livingston (9).

    Garoppolo has the fourth-most passing yards (2,038) in a player's first seven starts in NFL history.

  • Bakhtiari has started all 74 games he has played since entering the NFL in 2013. That is the most starts by any Packers tackle in their first five seasons in the Super Bowl era. 10

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    91. David Bakhtiari, T, Green Bay Packers

    Bakhtiari has started all 74 games he has played since entering the NFL in 2013. That is the most starts by any Packers tackle in their first five seasons in the Super Bowl era.

  • Since entering the NFL in 2015, Collins leads all safeties in total tackles (332). Collins is just one of three players to lead one team in tackles in each of the last three seasons. He joins linebackers Sean Lee (Cowboys) and Eric Kendricks (Vikings) as the only others to do so. 9

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    92. Landon Collins, S, New York Giants

    Since entering the NFL in 2015, Collins leads all safeties in total tackles (332). Collins is just one of three players to lead one team in tackles in each of the last three seasons. He joins linebackers Sean Lee (Cowboys) and Eric Kendricks (Vikings) as the only others to do so.

  • In 2017, Daniels was one of six defensive tackles with 40-or-more tackles and at least 5.0 sacks. The other players to accumulate those marks are Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Kawann Short, Jurrell Casey and Gerald McCoy. Daniels is one of just four defensive tackles with four-or-more sacks in each of the last five seasons joining Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Jurrell Casey. 8

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    93. Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay Packers

    In 2017, Daniels was one of six defensive tackles with 40-or-more tackles and at least 5.0 sacks. The other players to accumulate those marks are Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Kawann Short, Jurrell Casey and Gerald McCoy. Daniels is one of just four defensive tackles with four-or-more sacks in each of the last five seasons joining Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy and Jurrell Casey.

  • Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to change teams after recording 4,000-plus passing yards in each of the previous three seasons. Cousins signed a three-year contract with the Vikings this offseason after spending his first six seasons in the NFL with the Redskins. Cousins joined Philip Rivers as the only two quarterbacks in the NFL with 4,000-plus passing yards and 25-or-more passing touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. 7

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    94. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

    Cousins is the first quarterback in NFL history to change teams after recording 4,000-plus passing yards in each of the previous three seasons. Cousins signed a three-year contract with the Vikings this offseason after spending his first six seasons in the NFL with the Redskins. Cousins joined Philip Rivers as the only two quarterbacks in the NFL with 4,000-plus passing yards and 25-or-more passing touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

  • Since Lane Johnson entered the NFL in 2013, the Eagles are 44-25 (.638 win pct) with Johnson (including the postseason). The Eagles are 6-9 (.400 win pct) without Johnson on the field in that span. Johnson is one of three Eagles offensive tackles to be named First-Team All-Pro in the Super Bowl era. The others are Jason Peters and Hall of Famer, Bob Brown. 6

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    95. Lane Johnson, T, Philadelphia Eagles

    Since Lane Johnson entered the NFL in 2013, the Eagles are 44-25 (.638 win pct) with Johnson (including the postseason). The Eagles are 6-9 (.400 win pct) without Johnson on the field in that span. Johnson is one of three Eagles offensive tackles to be named First-Team All-Pro in the Super Bowl era. The others are Jason Peters and Hall of Famer, Bob Brown.

  • Over the last five seasons, Jenkins is just one of two safeties with multiple interceptions in each season. The other player to hit those marks is Lions safety, Glover Quin. In 2017, Jenkins joined Harrison Smith as the only two safeties in the NFL with at least five tackles for loss and eight passes defensed. 5

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    96. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Philadelphia Eagles

    Over the last five seasons, Jenkins is just one of two safeties with multiple interceptions in each season. The other player to hit those marks is Lions safety, Glover Quin. In 2017, Jenkins joined Harrison Smith as the only two safeties in the NFL with at least five tackles for loss and eight passes defensed.

  • In 2017, Hyde joined Pro Bowlers Todd Gurley and LeSean McCoy as the only players to lead their team in carries and receptions. Hyde finished with 240 carries and 59 receptions last season. Hyde is one of 10 running backs with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and five-or-more touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. 4

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    97. Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns

    In 2017, Hyde joined Pro Bowlers Todd Gurley and LeSean McCoy as the only players to lead their team in carries and receptions. Hyde finished with 240 carries and 59 receptions last season. Hyde is one of 10 running backs with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and five-or-more touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.

  • In 2017, Mosley joined Bobby Wagner and Deion Jones as the only three players in the NFL with 130-or-more tackles and multiple interceptions. Mosley had 132 of the Ravens 869 total tackles in 2017, accounting for 15.19% of the team's total tackles, which is the second-highest percentage in the NFL. Only Falcons' Deion Jones (138 of 907) had a higher percentage (15.21%) last season. 3

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    98. C.J. Mosley, LB, Baltimore Ravens

    In 2017, Mosley joined Bobby Wagner and Deion Jones as the only three players in the NFL with 130-or-more tackles and multiple interceptions. Mosley had 132 of the Ravens 869 total tackles in 2017, accounting for 15.19% of the team's total tackles, which is the second-highest percentage in the NFL. Only Falcons' Deion Jones (138 of 907) had a higher percentage (15.21%) last season.

  • Baldwin has a 139.8 passer rating when targeted by Russell Wilson since 2015. That is the highest rating in the NFL among QB-WR duos with a minimum of 100 targets in that span. Since 2015, Baldwin has hauled in 29 receiving touchdowns, which is the second most in the NFL in that span. Only Steelers wide receiver, Antonio Brown, has more over the last three seasons (31). 2

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    99. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

    Baldwin has a 139.8 passer rating when targeted by Russell Wilson since 2015. That is the highest rating in the NFL among QB-WR duos with a minimum of 100 targets in that span. Since 2015, Baldwin has hauled in 29 receiving touchdowns, which is the second most in the NFL in that span. Only Steelers wide receiver, Antonio Brown, has more over the last three seasons (31).

  • In 2017, Clinton-Dix joined Harrison Smith as the only two safeties in the NFL to tally at least 70 tackles, three-or-more interceptions and five-or-fewer missed tackles. Clinton-Dix is tied for the fourth-most interceptions (11) by a Packers safety in their first four seasons in the Super Bowl era. 1

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    100. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Green Bay Packers

    In 2017, Clinton-Dix joined Harrison Smith as the only two safeties in the NFL to tally at least 70 tackles, three-or-more interceptions and five-or-fewer missed tackles. Clinton-Dix is tied for the fourth-most interceptions (11) by a Packers safety in their first four seasons in the Super Bowl era.

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