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5 Eagles land on NFL Top 100

Believe it or not, it's the 10th year of the NFL Top 100 Players list. Thirty players were unveiled on NFL Network on Sunday night with five Eagles making the list: guard Brandon Brooks (No. 98), center Jason Kelce (No. 94), cornerback Darius Slay (No. 92), tight end Zach Ertz (No. 85), and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (No. 73).

The top 70 players will be announced over the course of the next three nights beginning at 8 p.m. on NFL Network. The countdown will not include any more Eagles, however. The disrespect is real for players like quarterback Carson Wentz, who was No. 96 on the list last year.

Brandon Brooks (No. 98)

Shame as it's Brooks' first time on the NFL Top 100 list. The three-time Pro Bowl guard is out for the 2020 season after rupturing his Achilles during a workout in June.

"The largest offensive lineman I've ever seen face-to-face, 350 (pounds), just solid. Not a big, sloppy guy. Just man meat," said Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.

"He's a helluva player and I love playing with him," said running back Miles Sanders.

Jason Kelce (No. 94)

Kelce earned first-team All-Pro honors for the third consecutive season in 2019. Even the highlight video acknowledged that Kelce was snubbed on the NFL's All-Decade Team with more first-team All-Pro honors than Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey combined.

"I think the big thing is Jason makes it look effortless sometimes, those really difficult blocks. It can be frustrating as another center to watch it," said Bills center Mitch Morse.

Darius Slay (No. 92)

The marquee offseason addition, Darius Slay owns the most passes defensed (56), is tied for second in interceptions (13), and is tied for the fourth-best defensive passer rating (71.6) in the league over the past three seasons. The highlight video is great because he makes plays against receivers who have given the Eagles fits of late.

"This guy gets his hands on the ball like nobody else," said Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.

"He's one of those guys who is pretty much always going to be in the right position," Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson said. "I would put him in the top tier when it comes to athleticism. He's fast. He's quick. He can break. He's got good ball skills."

Zach Ertz (No. 85)

The annual Pro Bowl selection at tight end has led the Eagles in receptions and yards in each of the past four seasons.

"He's got a crafty way of getting open. He's tough to guard. He doesn't have to be wide open all the time," Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic said. "If it's anywhere close to him, anywhere in that catch radius, he's going to get it."

"I call him, 'Automatic.' He's going to catch it wherever it's at," Sanders said.

Fletcher Cox (No. 73)

The cornerstone player on defense was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team this offseason. Fletcher Cox has been named to each of the past five Pro Bowls and is the all-time franchise leader for sacks by an interior lineman.

"To be so big and be so quick and be so agile and be so powerful is unfair," said Washington running back Adrian Peterson. "You can't stop him. You can only slow him down."

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