Despite the Eagles' 8-8 record in 2011, players around the NFL know the Eagles have a bevy of talented players.
Two of them were featured on the most recent episode of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2012." Wide receiver DeSean Jackson checked in at No. 71 on the list and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha ranked No. 79. It is the second year that NFL Network has compiled the list of the league's top 100 players. NFL players ranked their peers to determine the rankings. Jackson and Asomugha are the first Eagles to be highlighted thus far in the series.
Despite his numbers slipping in 2011, Jackson still has immense respect around the league.
"DeSean has something that you can't compare to other guys, his ability to affect the game at multiple levels," Browns wide receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs said.
Even though Jackson is only listed at 5-10, Cribbs said that Jackson plays like he's 6-3. Jackson will get to showcase his skills to Cribbs first-hand this season when their two teams collide against one another in the season opener on September 9 in Cleveland.
"He's a guy that change the game at any given moment," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said.
Of course, Rolle witnessed the "Miracle at the New Meadowlands," which was Jackson's walk-off punt return against the Giants in 2010. Last year at the Giants, Jackson had six catches for 88 yards and a season-long 51-yard punt return.
Asomugha knows what it takes to slow down dynamic receivers like Jackson. In addition to his 6-2, 210-pound frame, Asomugha has the technique, footwork, speed and hand quickness needed to be an elite cornerback. What impressed Titans defensive back Jordan Babineaux most of Asomugha's game is his willingness to play press coverage.
"The better corners in this league aren't afraid to go up and play press versus any receiver, Nnamdi will do that," Babineaux said.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said that Asomugha is like a coach on the field always communicating and directing traffic. But on top of that, Asomugha has the ability to eliminate another team's top weapon.
"It helps that you can put him on one side of the field and lock down the whole side of the field and then you can do a lot of other things," Rodgers-Cromartie said.
The NFL Network Top 100 series airs every Wednesday at 8 p.m. You'll have to tune in to see which of Jackson and Asomugha's teammates also make the list.
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