The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have at least two players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, as Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston were revealed to be the no. 52 and no. 57 players on the list last night.
This Top 100 list is voted on by active NFL players, though the process by which NFL Network actually chooses which players to interview and let vote is hardly transparent. The list is revealed in weekly ten-player increments, complete with short NFL Films vignettes on each player.
This is McCoy’s fifth time on the list, having been the 92nd (2013), 28th (2014&2015) and 63rd (2016) player in previous years. This year, NFL Network got Mike Evans, Kelechi Osemeli and Kawann Short to say some cool things about him, and you can watch his vignette here.
As for Jameis Winston, it’s his first year on the list and they got a ridiculous list of people to weigh in on his charisma and his competitiveness, both teammates and opponents. You can watch his vignette here.
The Bucs can probably count on a few more Top 100 appearances this year. Mike Evans is almost certainly on the list, a little higher up, while there’s a good chance Brent Grimes makes the list as well. We should see that in the next weeks.