With the NFL season, draft and free agency over, The Game Haus is ranking the top 100 players.
Six TGH staff members voted on their top 75 players, who were given scores based on their ranks, then sorted by their final score. The players were ranked regardless of position, and the editors broke any ties at their discretion.
Each article in this series will list ten players at a time, with brief comments on their 2019 performances and what is expected of them in 2020. Make sure to check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of May for the next list!
Today, players 40-31 are listed and evaluated.
40. Davante Adams
Even though he missed four games due to turf toe, Adams managed to rack up almost 1,000 yards receiving and five touchdowns. This is made even more impressive due to the fact that Green Bay’s offense was much more run-pass balanced in 2019. A bona fide number one receiver on the team, Aaron Rodgers will continue to connect with Adams on a regular basis, most likely leading to an even bigger year in 2020.
39. Derwin James
He was only able to play in five games due to injuries, but James is a dynamic player when he gets the chance to suit up. James had a great rookie season and if he is able to recapture that form, he will be one of the best safeties in the league again. – Joe DiTullio
38. Mike Evans
Mike Evans was the other half of the first pair of teammates to both have over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. He also collected eight touchdowns With one of the best to ever play the game under center in 2020, expect those gaudy numbers to rise even higher. – Ben Hendricks
37. Shaq Barrett
The sack leader of the 2019 NFL was none other than Shaq Barrett. Racking up 19.5 sacks, he bested his previous career high by a whopping 14. Incredibly, he also forced six fumbles, making his first year as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer easily his best. A huge part of an underrated defense, NFL fans will have to wait and see if he can top that next season. – Ben Hendricks
36. Von Miller
Even though he had one of his least productive seasons in years, Von Miller is still a great leader and the lynch pin of the Broncos’ defense. Most players, however, would have still loved to have had Miller’s down year as he still collected eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Miller will continue to be one of the best in the league in 2020. – Ben Hendricks
35. J.J. Watt
Injuries have plagued the three-time Defensive Player of the Year three out of the last four seasons. When healthy, Watt is likely the best edge rusher in the game. He will be working towards the century mark in sacks this season as he only sits four away from the milestone. – Robert Hanes
34. Ronnie Stanley
Stanley has developed into one of the best left tackles in the league over the last few seasons. His blocking has allowed Lamar Jackson to turn into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Jackson’s blindside is in good hands with Stanley returning in 2020. – Joe DiTullio
33. Julio Jones
2019 was technically a down year for the star wideout as he finished with his least amount of yards since 2013. That said, he still finished second in the NFL with 1,394 receiving yards. The man is a menace to all who oppose him and even if the Falcons have a bad season, one can expect Jones to still put up impressive numbers. – Robert Hanes
32. Deshaun Watson
This past season, Watson was able to prove that he can consistently lead his team to the Playoffs by winning double-digit games again. While he may not show it statistically, the man gets it done. 2020 will be a big test for Watson as Deandre Hopkins was dealt away for some unfathomable reason. If he can lead his team to the playoffs and double-digit wins again, then it will be time to start considering Watson elite. – Robert Hanes
31. Myles Garrett
The big storyline will be his suspension due to swinging his helmet at Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph, but Garrett returning will really help the Browns in 2020. He is one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL and will be hungry to get after quarterbacks again in the legal way in 2020. – Joe DiTullio
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