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49ers' Arik Armstead has funny response to barely missing NFL Top 100

49ers' Arik Armstead has funny response to barely missing NFL Top 100

The 49ers had five players ranked within the 2020 NFL Top 100, and they nearly had a sixth.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead just narrowly missed being included in the top 100 players in the league (as voted on by their peers), coming in at No. 104.

Armstead didn't appear to be too upset about missing the cut, as he reacted with a funny video on Twitter.

"In due time," Armstead tweeted. After a career-high 10 sacks last season, he was rewarded with a five-year, $85 million contract extension, and with DeForest Buckner now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, he'll have every opportunity to show he belongs in the Top 100 next year.

Even if Armstead had made the cut, the 49ers wouldn't have had the most Top 100 players of any team in the NFL. That honor went to the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, who each had seven players included.

Still, the 49ers managed to make plenty of history with their own inclusions. George Kittle received the highest ranking for a tight end in the history of the NFL Top 100, and Nick Bosa's ranking was the highest ever for a rookie defender.

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Here is a summary of the 49ers' rankings in the 2020 NFL Top 100:

George Kittle -- No. 7
Nick Bosa -- No. 17
Richard Sherman -- No. 28
Jimmy Garoppolo -- No. 43
Fred Warner -- No. 70

49ers players pumped linebacker Fred Warner made NFL's top 100 list

49ers players pumped linebacker Fred Warner made NFL's top 100 list

It didn't take long for 49ers linebacker Fred Warner to establish himself among football's elite. After just his second season in the pros, the former third-round draft pick came in at No. 70 on the NFL's top 100 list, as voted by the players. 

Warner's teammates were pumped for him, too, to say the least. 

Those last two tweets are the most important, and not just because they come from star players. George Kittle says this is "just the start" for Warner, while Richard Sherman added it's "only the beginning." 

Warner is just 23 years old. He was voted as a top-10 linebacker in the league this offseason in an ESPN poll conducted by executives, coaches, scouts and players. That includes inside and outside linebackers as well. In the modern NFL, Warner is the perfect hybrid linebacker.

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Warner totaled 118 tackles -- 89 solo -- with three sacks, three forced fumbles, nine passes defensed and one interception returned for a touchdown last season. He is elite in coverage, making him a dangerous weapon for Robert Saleh's defense. In reality, No. 70 overall still might be too low for him. 

This truly does feel like just the start for the former BYU linebacker, who quickly has established himself as a star.

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How George Kittle, other 49ers players reacted to Madden 21 ratings

How George Kittle, other 49ers players reacted to Madden 21 ratings

George Kittle didn't make the exclusive 99 Club in Madden NFL 21 as he came in just a hair short with a 98 overall rating. For the 49ers' star tight end, though, there are no hard feelings. It's all in good fun

"They don't want me to be great," Kittle said to 49ers.com. "That's what it is. They're holding me back, they don't want me to be great. Just because Christian McCaffrey is a 99 because he's beautiful and has biceps the size of my quads, doesn't also mean that I can't be a 99." 

One area of the ratings Kittle isn't happy with, however, is his ability to break tackles. He's a monster in the open field, just ask Saints safety Marcus Williams.

The Madden rating makers gave Kittle just an 81 rating for breaking tackles, which isn't even the best on the 49ers. When Kittle found out Deebo Samuel (83) was rated higher in that category, he got up and left the interview. 

"Sure, whatever," Kittle said when he returned. "I think I led the NFL in it the last two years, so it's whatever. ... I think you guys are scratching the surface on some of my talents. I'm upset that Deebo's better than me at breaking tackles." 

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The 49ers also showed linebacker Fred Warner and punter Mitch Wishnowsky their ratings as well. Warner said he's fine with his 87 overall rating for now, which ranks him fifth on the team, right behind Nick Bosa. But Warner wasn't happy with the 73 rating he received for his catching ability or the fact that Wishnowsky actually is better at breaking tackles than him in the game.

Wishnowsky just wanted to be higher than 70, and his wish came true. He's a 76 overall, and as long as he was on par with Kittle and Warner in goofy categories like punt returning, he was more than happy.

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