If you want to know who is on the rise in the NFL, look no further than the Top 5 Players in the American Football Right Now. This list is compiled from all the great players in the game. Some of these players include Andrew Whitworth, Brandon Marshall, Derwin James Jr., Justin Houston, and more. If you aren’t familiar with any of these players, you can read about them in this article.
Despite his age, Whitworth is among the best players in the NFL right now. He is the oldest starting left tackle in NFL history, and is a four-time Pro Bowler. At 6-7, 330 pounds, Whitworth is the most athletic player on the Eagles. He played in 15 games this year, starting 12 of them. Against the Seattle Seahawks, he was forced to tackle three-technique tackles, which align to the outside shoulder of the left guard.
In the offseason, it was no surprise that he was talked about as the next wide receiver to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While he only played for two teams and never made the playoffs, he was one of the best young pass catchers in the league. The Miami Dolphins traded Marshall to the Chicago Bears, where he immediately started producing. He caught over 100 passes for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns, all career highs. Unfortunately, this year’s season ended early because of an injury to Marshall against the Cowboys in Week 14.
Derwin James Jr.
After missing the final five games of his rookie season with several injuries, Derwin James Jr. made a strong impact on the Chargers’ secondary this season. The rookie ranked second on the team in tackles and tied for first in interceptions. The Chargers are unlikely to release Derwin James in his final season, and he is expected to command a lucrative extension. Here are the numbers that made Derwin James Jr. stand out in 2018.
When it comes to edge defenders, Houston has become one of the best in the NFL. He led the NFL in pressure per rush in 2014 and ranked fourth among edge defenders with 2,500 or more pass-rushing snaps in 2015. In addition to his strong pass-rushing performance, Houston has also become an excellent run defender. In addition to his outstanding edge rushing numbers, Houston has received positive grades in all four PFF measures the past four seasons.
It’s no secret that Sheldon Richardson has been a major contributor to the Vikings’ success over the past few years. The 13th overall pick of the Jets in 2013, Richardson made 15 starts during his rookie season and racked up 77 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Those numbers earned him NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and PFWA All-Rookie team honors.
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Odell Beckham Jr.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Odell Beckham Jr. has made headlines for his outstanding performances in the NFL. He was drafted by the New York Giants in 2014 and has been traded to the Cleveland Browns and signed by the Los Angeles Rams. He was released by the Browns on Nov. 9 and signed with the Rams on 11/11. In 2018, he broke several records and reached a career-high of 185 receiving yards.