Foles, Sproles among Top 100 players, barely

Posted: August 20, 2014

THE GOOD news is that Nick Foles is among the Top 100 ranked NFL offensive players by ESPN.COM.

The not-so-good news is he is No. 99.

And, right behind him at No. 100 is Eagles running back Darren Sproles.

The website, which only released the rankings from 91 to 100 yesterday for both offense and defense, said it asked 90 experts with ties to ESPN to rate the players on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Players were ranked overall, not by position.

Foles received a score of 6.52, which tied him with Lions running back Reggie Bush and Ravens receiver Steve Smith. But Foles finished 99th because he received more ballots with lower ratings than the others. Bears QB Jay Cutler finished at 93rd with a score of 6.58.

Sproles was alone in 100th with a score of 6.49.

No Eagles players were ranked on the 91-100 defensive list. The website will release 10 offensive and defensive rankings for 10 consecutive days.

Nixing nickname

Add Phil Simms and Tony Dungy to the list of media types who won't use the word "Redskins" anymore.

Simms, a CBS color commentator who is slated to work the Giants at Redskins game on Sept. 25, and Dungy, an NBC studio analyst who has ample opportunity to mention the team, find the nickname offensive.

"I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it," Simms told the Associated Press yesterday. "There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this."

Dungy feels the same way.

"I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington," Dungy wrote in an email. "Personal opinion for me, not the network."

Last year on NBC's "Meet the Press," Dungy said, "The Redskins nickname is offensive to Native Americans."

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