Three New York Giants crack Pro Football Focus’ list of Top 101 players of the 2012 season.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (46), left tackle Will Beatty (85) and quarterback Eli Manning (90) all made the cut.
JPP was ranked No. 17 in this same list following the 2011 same, but the drop in production coincided with his falling in the rankings. Still, the Giants defensive end had 30 stops against the run, which was the third-most among 4-3 ends.
PFF labeled his best performance of the season as a Week 14 win against New Orleans in which JPP racked up six tackles.
“The danger was always there with how people viewed “JPP”. As good as his 2011 season was the emphasis placed on his sack numbers were always going to come back to bite him. And while it’s true he didn’t have quite the same impact as he did when the Giants won it all, it shouldn’t take away from a tremendously complete season he put forward. Excellent against the run, there’s no shame in the 55 QB disruptions he managed.”
Beatty, the recipient of a new long-term deal this off-season, came in at 85th, cracking the list for the first time in his career.
The Giants left tackle allowed just three sacks and zero quarterback hits during the 2012 season, with his best performance coming Week 3 in Carolina when New York routed the home team, 36-7.
Writes PFF …
“Injury meant Beatty didn’t start the season as the Giants’ left tackle. Whether injuries handed him his starting job back, or it was the Giants’ plan all along, the former second-round pick didn’t take much time showing everyone what he was capable of. A fine pass protector, Beatty is one of those left tackles who can actually generate some movement in the run game as well.”
A two-time Super Bowl MVP, Manning ranked 90th on the list, a far cry from his eighth place finish after the 2011 season.
From 2012 to 211, Manning’s completion percentage while under pressure fell to 47.9 percent, down eight percent from the year prior.
Manning’s best performance came in a Week 2 comeback against Tampa Bay, when he threw for 510 yards and three touchdowns.
Writes PFF …
“While Eli was unable to replicate his marvelous 2011, let’s not pretend he didn’t play extremely well for most of the season. While some performances disappointed (notably against Pittsburgh and Atlanta) Manning was able to almost carry his struggling Giants into the playoffs with his usual array of clutch throws.”
The top players ranked in the list include J.J. Watt (1), Adrian Peterson (2), Geno Atkins (3), Von Miller (4), Richard Sherman (5), Evan Mathis (6), Peyton Manning (7), Cameron Wake (8), Andre Johnson (9) and Patrick Willis (10).
San Francisco led all teams with 13 players included the list, followed by Denver and Seattle with six apiece, then Minnesota and England with five apiece. Only Jacksonville and St. Louis failed to land a player on the list.
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