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Published: June 4, 2018 at 08:56 p.m.

Mind-boggling stats for the Top 100 Players of 2018: 40-31

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

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  • Hill finished the 2017 season with a career-high 1,183 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He joined Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins and Marvin Jones as the only four players in the NFL with at least 1,100 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
 
Hill has scored 20 total touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2016 (13 receiving, 3 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return), which is the most by a Chiefs player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. 10

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    40. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

    Hill finished the 2017 season with a career-high 1,183 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He joined Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins and Marvin Jones as the only four players in the NFL with at least 1,100 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Hill has scored 20 total touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2016 (13 receiving, 3 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return), which is the most by a Chiefs player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

  • How big of an impact does Tyron Smith make on the Cowboys offensive line? In the 13 games Smith played in 2017, the Cowboys allowed 19 sacks (1.5 sacks per game). In the three games he missed the Cowboys allowed 13 sacks (4.3 sacks per game).
 
Smith has been a consistent force for the Cowboys. Over the last five seasons, he and Trent Williams are the only two tackles to make the Pro Bowl every season. 9

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    39. Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys

    How big of an impact does Tyron Smith make on the Cowboys offensive line? In the 13 games Smith played in 2017, the Cowboys allowed 19 sacks (1.5 sacks per game). In the three games he missed the Cowboys allowed 13 sacks (4.3 sacks per game). Smith has been a consistent force for the Cowboys. Over the last five seasons, he and Trent Williams are the only two tackles to make the Pro Bowl every season.

  • Goff took a big step forward from his first to second season in the NFL. His passer rating went from 63.6 in 2016 to 100.5 in 2017, which was the third-largest improvement (+36.9) among any quarterback in NFL history (min. 200 attempts each season).
 
The only two quarterbacks with a higher increase were Nick Foles (+40.1 between 2012-13) and Drew Brees (+37.3 between 2003-04). 8

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    38. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

    Goff took a big step forward from his first to second season in the NFL. His passer rating went from 63.6 in 2016 to 100.5 in 2017, which was the third-largest improvement (+36.9) among any quarterback in NFL history (min. 200 attempts each season). The only two quarterbacks with a higher increase were Nick Foles (+40.1 between 2012-13) and Drew Brees (+37.3 between 2003-04).

  • Bosa was a disruptive force to both quarterbacks and ball carriers, finishing with 12.5 sacks and 70 total tackles last season. Among all players with 10-or-more sacks, Bosa had the second-most total tackles behind Khalil Mack who had 78 tackles and 10.5 sacks. 7

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    37. Joey Bosa, DE, Los Angeles Chargers

    Bosa was a disruptive force to both quarterbacks and ball carriers, finishing with 12.5 sacks and 70 total tackles last season. Among all players with 10-or-more sacks, Bosa had the second-most total tackles behind Khalil Mack who had 78 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

  • Thielen, who was an undrafted free agent in 2014, had a breakout season last year (91 receptions and 1,276 receiving yards). He joined Wes Welker (three times) and former Broncos wide receiver, Rod Smith (twice), as the only three undrafted players with at least 90 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards in a single season in the Super Bowl era. 6

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    36. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    Thielen, who was an undrafted free agent in 2014, had a breakout season last year (91 receptions and 1,276 receiving yards). He joined Wes Welker (three times) and former Broncos wide receiver, Rod Smith (twice), as the only three undrafted players with at least 90 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards in a single season in the Super Bowl era.

  • Bouye was a major factor for a Jaguars team that finished #1 in passing defense for the first time in franchise history. Among all cornerbacks with at least 50 defensive targets, Bouye allowed the lowest passer rating in coverage(41.7).
 
Bouye was also just one of three cornerbacks with at least five interceptions and 15 passes defensed last season (others: Marshon Lattimore and Darius Slay). 5

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    35. A.J. Bouye, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Bouye was a major factor for a Jaguars team that finished #1 in passing defense for the first time in franchise history. Among all cornerbacks with at least 50 defensive targets, Bouye allowed the lowest passer rating in coverage(41.7). Bouye was also just one of three cornerbacks with at least five interceptions and 15 passes defensed last season (others: Marshon Lattimore and Darius Slay).

  • In 2017, Lawrence had a career-year in every sense of the word. He recorded more sacks (14.5), QB hits (26), and forced fumbles (4) than in his previous three seasons combined (9.0-18-2).
 
In addition, Lawrence and Aaron Donald were the only two players in the NFL with at least 25 QB hits and four forced fumbles last season. 4

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    34. DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys

    In 2017, Lawrence had a career-year in every sense of the word. He recorded more sacks (14.5), QB hits (26), and forced fumbles (4) than in his previous three seasons combined (9.0-18-2). In addition, Lawrence and Aaron Donald were the only two players in the NFL with at least 25 QB hits and four forced fumbles last season.

  • Hunt had a rookie season to remember as he became the sixth rookie to lead the NFL in rushing in the Super Era. The others to do so were Ezekiel Elliott (2016), Edgerrin James (1999), Eric Dickerson (1983), George Rogers (1981) and Earl Campbell (1978).
 
Hunt also had 10 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, which was the most by a Chiefs rookie in team history. 3

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    33. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Hunt had a rookie season to remember as he became the sixth rookie to lead the NFL in rushing in the Super Era. The others to do so were Ezekiel Elliott (2016), Edgerrin James (1999), Eric Dickerson (1983), George Rogers (1981) and Earl Campbell (1978). Hunt also had 10 games with at least 100 scrimmage yards, which was the most by a Chiefs rookie in team history.

  • Clowney has increased his sack total every season in the NFL: 2017 (9.5), 2016 (6.0), 2015 (4.5), 2014 (0).
 
However his impact goes beyond just bringing down the quarterback. He and Chandler Jones were the only two players in the NFL to amass 20 QB hits and 20 tackles for loss last season. 2

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    32. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans

    Clowney has increased his sack total every season in the NFL: 2017 (9.5), 2016 (6.0), 2015 (4.5), 2014 (0). However his impact goes beyond just bringing down the quarterback. He and Chandler Jones were the only two players in the NFL to amass 20 QB hits and 20 tackles for loss last season.

  • The Lions all-time passing leader finished with the third-most passing yards in the NFL in 2017 (4,446). Stafford now has seven-straight 4,000-yard seasons which is tied with Matt Ryan for the third-longest streak in NFL history. The only quarterbacks with longer streaks are Drew Brees (12 � active) and Peyton Manning (8). 1

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    31. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

    The Lions all-time passing leader finished with the third-most passing yards in the NFL in 2017 (4,446). Stafford now has seven-straight 4,000-yard seasons which is tied with Matt Ryan for the third-longest streak in NFL history. The only quarterbacks with longer streaks are Drew Brees (12 � active) and Peyton Manning (8).

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