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Five Texans Round Out Fox Sports’ Top 100 NFL Players of 2010

Fox Sports have released their Top 100 NFL Players of 2010, and five Houston Texans rounded out the list.  Combined with some commentary, the five Texans on the list are:

73. OLB Brian Cushing, Texans

Commentary: We’re glad to see Cushing’s suspension for using performance enhancing drugs didn’t pull him out of the Top 100.  He’s a real talent with the kind of determination that no drug can instill.  Cushing will be serving his four-game suspension to start the season, so he would expectedly be ranked higher if he would be playing all fifteen games in 2010.

49. QB Matt Schaub, Texans

Commentary: Schaub’s awesome offensive play and ability to stay healthy in 2009, combined with more experienced receivers should have Schaub ranked higher than the likes of QBs Brett Favre (46), Tony Romo (25), Eli Manning (24). Expectations are as high as they should be for Schaub in 2010.

43. MLB DeMeco Ryans, Texans

Commentary: Stick. Tough as nails.  The Defense.  Without Ryans, the Texans defense would probably still be depending on the likes of  faded-t0-never-were “stars” like Dunta Robinson and Morlon Greenwood.  We can only hope Ryans has a long career like a Ray Lewis rather than a early-slowing Brian Urlacher.

26. DE Mario Williams, Texans

Commentary: Texans fans must be pleased with Casserly’s number one pick.  Boldly but confidently, even with plantar fasciitis (as he had in 2007), Mario could dominate two of the offensive linemen that made this list: Jake Long (36) and Michael Roos (86).

16. WR Andre Johnson, Texans

Commentary: Easily one of today’s top notch wide receivers, the league has no other complete talent like Andre Johnson. #80 is humble, discipline and a coach’s player.  Despite a looming contract debacle, expect another great season from one of the league’s best.

Here is the’s Snubbed List:

Owen Daniels

Commentary: Despite coming back from an ACL tear, Daniels easily ranks amongst the likes of TEs Jason Witten (93), Vernon Davis (81), Tony Gonzalez (79), Dallas Clark (57), and Antonio Gates (34).  Arguably, Daniels’ presence on the Texans has much more of an impact to the team than Davis, Gonzalez and Gates do to theirs.

Bernard Pollard

Commentary: SS Pollard is versatile, intense and hard-hitting.  Expect him on the 2011 list next year as he complements starting FS Eugene Wilson in 2010.

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