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Daily Blitz - May 17: Tuck #62 in 'Top 100'


NFL Network released another batch in the "Top 100: Players of 2012," and the Weeble Wobble came in at No. 62.

Justin Tuck, the Giants defensive captain, ranked a spot ahead of Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (63) and one behind Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (61).

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and former Giant and current Redskin Barry Cofield talked about Tuck in the latest installment, which aired numbers 61-70 as voted on by current players.

"Tuck is, Tuck is just, Tuck is a monster, man," said Umenyiora, choosing the right word to describe his teammate. "His leverage, his balance, the way he's able to get up under people – we call him the Weeble Wobble."

"Weeble Wobbles, they wobble but they don't fall down," Cofield chimed in. "You'll see him get ping-ponged, knocked all around, but he keeps his balance so he can make some big plays."

Tuck, who ranked No. 60 in last season's edition, finished the regular season with 37 tackles and 5.0 sacks in 12 games played. Battling injuries the entire year, Tuck got healthy at the right time and recorded 1.5 sacks in the NFC Championship in San Francisco and another 2.0 in Super Bowl XLVI.

"That's Justin," said Cofield, who was drafted by the Giants and played from 2006-10 with the team. "He's going to play through pain. He's the captain out there. I think he feels the responsibility to go out there and fight. You could see he was physically not where he wanted to be, not where you're used to seeing him. But he's a guy who still goes out there and fights and when he's on the field, he's going to fight hard for 60 minutes."

Umenyiora agrees, but he would never give Tuck the satisfaction of his praise in the notorious defensive line meetings. 

"Our defensive line room is crazy, first of all," Umenyiora said. "It's a bunch of talking down to each other, talking bad about each other – the things you hear in that room you would think we would be fighting every day but we're not. I'd never really say this to him, but he's an outstanding football player."

"He's a selfless guy, he's a great athlete and he's an extremely versatile player," Cofield concluded. "And he's one of the best."

Here's the list of the Top 100 so far:

  1. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
  2. C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
  3. RB Willis McGahee, Broncos
  4. OT Donald Penn, Buccaneers
  5. LB D'Qwell Jackson, Browns
  6. QB Tim Tebow, Jets
  7. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
  8. CB Cortland Finnegan, Rams
  9. FB John Kuhn, Packers
  10. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys

90. WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants
89. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
88. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
87. LB London Fletcher, Redskins
86. RB Darren Sproles, Saints
85. LB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
84. DE Chris Long, Rams
83. RB Fred Jackson, Bills
82. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
81. DT Vince Wilfork, Patriots

  1. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
  2. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles
  3. LB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
  4. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
  5. OL Carl Nicks, Buccaneers
  6. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
  7. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
  8. CB Johnathan Joseph Texans
  9. LB Lance Briggs, Bears
  10. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  1. QB Michael Vick, Eagles
  2. CB Carolos Rogers, 49ers
  3. DE Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
  4. OT Joe Staley, 49ers
  5. S Earl Thomas, Seahawks
  6. WR Roddy White, Falcons
  7. G Logan Mankins, Patriots
  8. LB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
    62. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
  9. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers

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