Four Bengals Among Top 100 NFL Players

Andy Lyons

As the NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2014 wraps up, any pundits and talking heads are generating their own lists of the best players in pro football. You won't find any true Super Bowl contenders that don't have several players who can call themselves one of the NFL's 100 best players.

CBS Sports' Pete Priscoe has formed his own Top 100 list with the help of NFL executives and personnel.

The Cincinnati Bengals had four players make the list.

23. Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: He is coming off major knee surgery, which is always a concern. When he's on the field, he's a force.

AFC personnel man on Atkins: "He is an explosive athlete who is very disruptive. When he is healthy, one of the top defensive tackles in the game."

27. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: He has some drops last season, but he remains one of the league's best receivers.

Green stat: He had 61 of his 98 catches on the road last season, which is odd. Also, 12 of his 18 plays of 20 yards or more came on the road.

53. Vontaze Burfict, OLB, Cincinnati Bengals: He led the NFL in tackles last season and emerged as a Pro Bowl player. He plays with an attitude.

AFC personnel man on Burfict: "Physical and explosive, he will lose focus and discipline still. But he's ascending and very talented. The biggest challenge he faces is himself."

100. Andrew Whitworth, T, Cincinnati Bengals: He is as steady as they come at left tackle. And he really impressed when he moved inside to guard.

NFC personnel director on Whitworth: "He doesn't back down from anybody. He's tough and huge. Showed a lot moving to guard last season."

Every team that won 10 or more games in 2013 had at least three players make this list, and three of the top-4 teams (Denver, Seattle, San Fran) had seven or more on the list.

The teams with the most players on his list were the Denver Broncos (9). Next were the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers (7), followed by the Kansas City Chiefs (6).

The next highest: The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers (5).

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