NFL Players, like the rest of us, are constantly competing for our team’s attention.
For each NFL player, the game is often a test of character, personality, and competitiveness.
We’re asked to prove our worth in a league that’s always looking for new ways to win.
It’s no wonder, then, that players are often the best of the best.
Here are the 10 best at their jobs.
Cam Newton The Carolina Panthers quarterback is a force to be reckoned with.
He’s one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the NFL and is often credited with inspiring a generation of players to make a career out of the game.
However, as a rookie in 2015, Newton struggled with a knee injury and missed the entire season.
After a season where he made a brief comeback, he missed all but one game that year.
During the offseason, he had knee surgery.
He returned to action in 2016, however, and had a productive season.
Newton finished with 9,072 passing yards and 21 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
Newton has been to three Pro Bowls in his career and he finished his career ranked second in passing yards, third in passer rating, and first in touchdown passes.
Cam Jordan The New Orleans Saints wide receiver was the best in the league in 2015 after having one of his best seasons as a pro in 2014.
He had a breakout season in 2016 and has been a steady force in the Saints’ offense for the last three years.
Jordan led the league with 59 catches for 923 yards and three touchdowns, and he has more than 2,500 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons.
In his career, Jordan has caught just three touchdowns.
Dez Bryant The Dallas Cowboys running back led the NFL in rushing yards in 2016 after missing all of 2015 due to injury.
He finished with 1,737 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, while averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
J.J. Watt The Houston Texans defensive end had a tremendous 2016 campaign and had his best season to date as a professional.
He racked up 3,566 total yards, 11 touchdowns, 15.0 sacks, and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Khalil Mack The New York Jets defensive end led the Jets in sacks last year and led the team in tackles for losses and quarterback hurries.
He led the NFC in quarterback hurrys and had eight sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Marcus Mariota The Tennessee Titans quarterback was the NFL’s best in 2016 despite missing all but two games due to injuries.
Mariota completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,914 yards and 20 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions.
DeMarco Murray The Dallas Mavericks running back had his career year in 2016 as he led the Cowboys in rushing and finished second in rushing touchdowns.
Murray finished with 8,955 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 12.5 sacks, six forced fucks, and 26.4 tackles for lack of a sack.
DeSean Jackson The Washington Redskins wide receiver had his greatest season to-date as a player after missing the entire 2015 season due to an ACL tear.
He was a force in Washington’s offense, finishing third in receiving yards, fourth in yards per catch, and fifth in receptions and receiving touchdowns.
He also had 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half of the season.
J Tapp The Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle had a career year as he finished third in sacks and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Tapp was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his four-year career and led his team with 13.5 career sacks.
Cam Robinson The New England Patriots running back was the league’s best last year despite missing two games because of an ankle injury.
Robinson finished with 5,732 rushing yards (third in the entire league) and eight touchdowns, but he had just five touchdowns in three seasons.
Aaron Rodgers The Green Bay Packers quarterback had his worst season in the regular season, but the 2016 campaign was not as bad as the 2015 season when he led his division in rushing.
Rodgers finished with 4,079 yards, eight touchdowns to four interceptions, and was fifth in the passing yardage race.
Ryan Tannehill The Miami Dolphins quarterback had one of those seasons where he was the clear No. 1 quarterback in the NFC.
Tannehills passing yards were fifth in NFL history and he led all quarterbacks with a career passer rating of 97.9.
Antonio Brown The San Francisco 49ers cornerback had a standout season in 2015 and was voted the AFC Defensive Player Of The Year.
He made four interceptions in a game that saw the 49ers lose to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5.
He continued his dominance in the 2016 season with 15 interceptions.
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