Tennessee Titans earn questionable rankings on Top 100 Players of 2021

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Heading into the 2021 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans are a team that’s getting a lot of mention. The expectation is that they be a playoff team at season’s end, especially with all of the talent that they have, but how good is this team really?

The answer to that might go a long way in determining whether or not they wind up in the AFC Championship Game as they were at the end of the 2019-2020 season or if they falter and find themselves out of the postseason after a single game (see last season if you need an example of what that looks like).

One feather they have in their cap is this. They’ve got some really good players at some very important positions. It appears that the league has taken notice. Tennessee still, however, continues to receive some less than favorable mentions. They’ve been ranked behind an Indianapolis Colts team that they’re better than in some rankings. They also, despite being very talented, have seen some Super Bowl odds that are less than favorable.

Three Tennessee Titans land on the back half of NFL Top 100 Players of 2021.

One half of the month of August is gone. One half of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2021 has been revealed. For the uninitiated, that’s a list of the game’s best players, one that’s comprised of players’ votes.

Players 100-41 were named on Sunday, August 15th. The last two parts of the list will be revealed over the course of the following two Sundays, with players 40-11 being named on August 22nd and the top ten being named on August 28th.

So far, we’ve seen three Tennessee Titans top the list. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made the team’s first appearance. He was slotted at number 83, twelve spots behind the next-highest ranked signal-caller, Baker Mayfield, believe it or not.

Forget what the list says. Baker Mayfield may have a slightly better arm, but he isn’t the quarterback or leader that Tannehill is.

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Defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons found his way onto the list as well. He’s the 78th-ranked player. Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown made an appearance, and while his ranking seems like a more fair nod than the other two (62), whether you agree with the next theory or not, you should be able to see why successful arguments can be made for placing him ahead of other skill players like Keenan Allen, Justin Jefferson, and Christian McCaffrey.

The expectation is that Derrick Henry and Julio Jones should show up at some point, but for the time being, just to make sure the votes are fair, this would be a good time to ask for a recount. Players 100-41 have been named.