As The NFL Top 100 Players show continues on, the Cincinnati Bengals are finally making an appearance.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, fresh off of his first Pro Bowl berth this past season, was voted by his peers as the 70th-best player in the league. Dunlap wasn't alone though as the show had a second Bengal make the list this week of players ranked from 70-61.
"He’s a freak of nature."— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 26, 2016
2015 Top 5 in sacks in the NFL.@Carlos_Dunlap.
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"He can cause some disruption for a lot of teams if you can't handle that length and the size he has," Jaguars tackle Kelvin Beachum said in the Dunlap highlight reel part of the Top 100 show. "It's hard to get your hands on him like you want to."
"Carlos Dunlap, he's like 6'12"," Cameron Jordan of the Saints said. "He's just that long, lanky defensive end."
"He's a physical player who's been dominant this year and I definitely give him a lot of respect. He's got everything you would want in an end," Ravens running back Justin Forsett said.
The highlight video of Dunlap starts and ends with the DE talking about himself in his typical joking manner. It's a must-watch for Bengals fans.
Dunlap, who just completed his sixth NFL season, finished 2015 with a career-high 13.5 sacks to go with 55 tackles and two forced fumbles. Those 13.5 QB sacks were also a team-high and the fourth most of any NFL player this season. This was the first time Dunlap reached double-digit sacks after getting 15.5 from 2013-14 combined.
Coming in as the 67th-ranked player was offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth. He too is coming off a Pro Bowl after previously being an alternate player only once. It's a well-deserved honor for both players making this list after not appearing on it until this year.
"I can’t understand how he’s not in the Pro Bowl every year."— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 26, 2016
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"With Whitworth, it's more of a mentality with him. When he has his mind set that you're not going to win, that he's going to block you and he's going to make it physical, it doesn't matter what you're doing against him, he's going to make sure he hits you in the mouth," Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats said in the video clip featuring Whitworth in the Top 100.
"When I first got here, he was running 30, 40 yards down the field like I've never seen a lineman do that before. And I think that constant effort and energy everyday to get the job done just makes everything easier for us," Bengals running back Jeremy Hill said of Whitworth.
Whitworth, who is now entering his 11th NFL season, he started every game last season at left tackle and has been a major contributor to Cincinnati ranking seventh in the NFL in scoring (26.2 points per game). Whitworth also leads the Cincinnati roster in career games played as a Bengal (157) and starts (153).
Whit has been one of the NFL's best blindside protectors for much of his career, and this is a well-deserved honor. In recapping his other awards. Whitworth was honored with an AP First-Team All-Pro selection, earned a Pro Bowl berth and was on the PFWA All-AFC Team.
As for, Dunlap 2015 was a record-breaking year for the veteran pass-rusher. He passed Eddie Edwards as the Bengals' single-season sack leader. Edwards set the franchise mark back in 1983 with 13. Coy Bacon's single-season mark of 22 sacks is actually the record, but came before sacks were an officially tracked NFL stat. Dunlap also passed Edwards as the franchise's all-time leader in sacks at 49.
Thus far, no other Bengals have been part of the show as there are only 60 spots left, which figure to include Geno Atkins and A.J. Green at the very least.