For the second consecutive year, Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings received high praise from his peers throughout the NFL. Jennings was ranked as the 74th best player on The Top 100 Players of 2014, falling only five spots down from last year’s list.
Although I don’t agree that he is better than fellow teammate Matt Forte (who was ranked No. 91), I do feel that Jennings’ spot on the list is just about right. The nine-year veteran did make the Pro Bowl for the second straight year in 2013, despite having to play half the season without his running mate Charles Tillman on the other side of the field.
Jennings’ interception numbers from last season may not have been eye-popping, but he did have two pick-sixes. In addition, over the past two years, Jennings has earned the reputation of being a ball hawk by tallying the second-most interceptions in the NFL with 13, trailing only Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s 16 picks.
The production that Jennings has displayed certainly proves that he should be mentioned among some of the top cornerbacks in the league. Jennings is the third cornerback that has been revealed in the top 100, and according to the players’ votes, is the fifth-best pass defender in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins’ Brent Grimes and Denver Broncos’ Aqib Talib were the first two cornerbacks unveiled ranking at No. 95 and 79 respectively.
There are seven cornerbacks that will be on this year’s top 100 list, which means that there are only four others that have yet to be named. I think that it’s safe to say that the Cleveland Browns’ Joe Haden, Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, New England Patriots’ Darrelle Revis, and Sherman will be the four to fill those spots.
Though Jennings doesn’t get as much shine as the aforementioned players, he has rightfully so earned a spot among best players in the NFL.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.