Now that the offseason is soon coming to a close and football is returning, it is time to look at the best players in the NFL. Each year The Game Haus puts together a list of the top players in the league for the upcoming season. This list was put together by members of the TGH NFL staff. It starts with the NFL Top 100 Players 2019: 90-81.
90. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
He might be 37 years old, but Roethlisberger is still putting up a lot of good stats. The veteran led the NFL in passing yards with 5,129 and also threw for 34 touchdowns. Roethlisberger did throw a league-high 16 interceptions though, as he was throwing the ball a lot. The Steelers missed out on the playoffs last season and will now have to move on without Antonio Brown.
89. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Thielen has gone from an unkown player to one of the best wide receivers in the league. He upped his game with Kirk Cousins at quarterback this season, as he caught 113 passes for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns. The Vikings were not able to make the playoffs last season, but the expectations will be high for Thielen and the Vikings next season.
88. Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
Williams has been one of the best offensive tackles in the game when healthy. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2013. When he is healthy, Williams is a force to be reckoned with. Williams appears to be healthy, but he is in a contract holdout with the Redskins as of now.
87. Akiem Hicks, DT, Chicago Bears
In his three seasons with the Bears, Hicks has been both a good run stopper and a pass rusher. This past season, Hicks totaled 7.0 sacks and 11 tackles for loss, as his play helped the team qualify for the playoffs. He will once again be a part of a feared defense this year.
86. Jaylon Smith, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Smith has overcome a gruesome knee injury suffered in college at Notre Dame to become one of the best linebackers in the game. Between he and Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys are set at the linebacker position. Last season he was all over the field for Dallas, totaling 121 tackles. While the Cowboys were unable to get past the Rams in the playoffs, with a defense led by maybe the best linebacker duo in the league, they’ll be hoping for more this season.
85. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
As one of the rising stars in the NFL, Wentz has made plenty of highlight plays and was even a frontrunner for the MVP award in 2017 before being injured. He also got injured during last season and only played in 11 games. Wentz did, however, register the highest completion percentage of his career at 69.2 percent. If he stays healthy, he’ll be looking to lead the Eagles to more postseason success.
84. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Although he has only played one season in the NFL, Vander Esch made a huge impression. He racked up 140 total tackles, demonstrating good awareness and athletic ability to get to the ball carrier. Vander Esch will team up with Smith once again to try and push the Cowboys towards the playoffs.
83. Trey Flowers, DE, Detroit Lions
After only playing one game in his rookie season, Flowers burst onto the scene with the Patriots. Last season, he had seven sacks and helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl. Flowers has now moved on from the Patriots and signed with his former defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, in Detroit, where he will be tasked with improving their defense.
82. Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers
Defense hasn’t been the forte of the Packers for many years, but they do have a solid player in Blake Martinez. In 2018, he registered 144 total tackles, which was his second straight season with over 140 tackles. Martinez and the Packers will try to provide a solid enough defense to help Aaron Rodgers win the Super Bowl.
81. Byron Jones, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Jones has been a model of durability and versatility in his four seasons with the Cowboys. He has played all 16 games every season for Dallas and has even moved from safety to cornerback during those four years. The Dallas secondary isn’t the greatest, but Jones is a star. He is one of the many good young players on the Dallas defense, which should make them a formidable team in 2019.