CBS Sports' Pete Prisco released his list of the top 100 players heading into 2015, led off by the Texans All-Pro lineman with the No. 1 ranking. Though Cincinnati is coming off four straight playoff berths, they didn't get much love from Prisco. There's isn't a Bengal on his list until Andrew Whitworth comes in at No. 52.
52. Andrew Whitworth, T, Cincinnati Bengals: This veteran left tackle was outstanding in 2014 and continues to be a consummate pro. Yet there is a chance this could be his last season with the Bengals. That's too bad.
It's hard to see Whit not even cracking the top 50, especially after Pro Football Focus had him as their No. 16 player of 2014. Then again, Whit's age (he turns 34 in December) combined with the wear on his tires (132 career starts), it is easy to see his play regressing in 2015. Hopefully for the Bengals' sake, that won't be the case.
The only other Bengal to make Prisco's list was wide receiver A.J. Green, who wasn't far behind Whitworth:
58. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: He missed three games because of injury last season, and his numbers were down. He had 69 catches after having over 90 each of the previous two seasons. His average was up to 15.1, but this is a big year for him as he's in the final year of his contract.
After a year in which injuries cost Green several games and in which he barely broke 1,000 yards, it's fair to see him ranked this low. Still, seeing guys like Devin McCourty, Jamie Collins and Clay Matthews ranked ahead of him is hard to fathom. Green, at his best, is one of the game's best offensive weapons.
It's also surprising no other Bengal made this list. Geno Atkins, coming off a torn ACL, was still able to show flashes his All-Pro self last year. Is Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (No. 98 on list), who's 34 and coming off a torn Achilles, better than Atkins?
The same goes for Bengals safety George Iloka. After becoming one of the best young safeties in the NFL last year, how can you not think he'll only be better this season in his fourth year in the league?
Then there's Kevin Zeitler, who was PFF's No. 9 offensive guard in 2014. Is he not one of the NFL's 100 best?
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