The Washington Football Team landed zero players on the NFL Top 100, the annual list of the best players in the sport.
That's upsetting but reasonable. The team went 3-13 last year and fired almost every person associated with the performance.
What's worse, however, is the other teams that did not have a single player make the NFL Top 100: Jacksonville, Miami, Detroit, Cincinnati, and the New York Jets. Those teams stink. That's the dregs of the league, and largely has been for a while.
Well, Washington fans, welcome to the club.
It's tough for some Burgundy and Gold faithful to accept their position among the worst teams in the NFL, but it's the truth. Maybe Ron Rivera can turn things around, but without even considering all the other controversy surrounding the team off the football field, the on-field performance has been largely dreadful for more than 20 years.
Need an example? One playoff win this century should do it.
But hey, things are bad enough in 2020, let's look ahead. Rivera often talks about wanting to take this team forward, and perhaps when that happens, some Washington players could crank the Top 100.
Chase Young would be at the top of that list. If he's close to as good as people expect, he will make the NFL Top 100. That could happen by next season even if he breaks out this fall as a rookie. Double-digit sacks would get him there.
Terry McLaurin is another logical candidate. He went for nearly 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie despite missing two games. Another explosive performance from TMC this year could get him on the Top 100, particularly with the way veterans around the league appreciate his approach to the game.
There are other candidates - Montez Sweat, Jon Allen, Daron Payne, Ryan Kerrigan, Landon Collins - but none have the clear path to the list like Young or McLaurin. If those guys can perform close or above expectations this fall, then Washington will be back on the list in 2021.
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