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Rex Ryan: David Harris 'most underrated player' in NFL

Rex Ryan has a bone to pick with NFL Network's *The Top 100 Players of 2014*.

The New York Jets coach sees the exclusion of David Harris as a glaring oversight and another case of the reliable linebacker not receiving his due.

"David Harris is the most underrated player in the league," Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "It ain't close! It ain't close! You could have a top 100 ... and he's not even mentioned. And I'm like, 'What?!'"

Harris didn't make our list of *Top 100* snubs, either, but Rex has a fair gripe. The 30-year-old inside 'backer hasn't missed a start since 2008 and finished last season as the league's No. 18 overall player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.

He was one of the team's better run-stuffers in 2013, but Harris tallied just five sacks over the past two seasons and hasn't accounted for an interception since 2011. His pass coverage lacks, but he's been a fixture for a Jets squad that's overhauled its front seven and secondary over the past few years.

Ryan's loyalty to "his guys" was a central narrative of Nicholas Dawidoff's "Collision Low Crossers," and it's not unusual for a coaching staff to see certain players differently than fans or what's spit out from an analytics site.

Pushing Harris into in the Top 100, though, would require altering a list that placed superior inside force Daryl Washingtonat No. 96 and Jets defensive behemoth Sheldon Richardsonat No. 94. Harris doesn't belong above either player, but he does deserve more credit for his constant presence in Rex's multiple 3-4 scheme.

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