Top 100 Players of 2021, Nos. 10-1: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reigns as No. 1 ranked player

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Patrick Mahomes Ranks No. 1 in NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2021; Tom Brady No. 7

Bleacher Report 28 August, 2021 - 09:53pm

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was announced as the No. 1-ranked player in the NFL heading into the 2021 season as voted by his fellow players.

Mahomes was joined by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the top three vote-getters revealed during an NFL Network special Saturday.

Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Well-deserved 👏 Congrats <a href="https://twitter.com/PatrickMahomes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PatrickMahomes</a> on being voted 1️⃣ on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a>! <a href="https://t.co/wGeH5gI5ZW">pic.twitter.com/wGeH5gI5ZW</a>

2. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams

Not one defender better than 99 🤫<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronDonald97?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronDonald97</a> comes in at No. 2 on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a>

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The MVP comes in at No. 3 on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a> list!<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoPackGo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoPackGo</a> <a href="https://t.co/jBKAFHokwU">pic.twitter.com/jBKAFHokwU</a>

4. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

👑🏈 ALL HAIL <a href="https://twitter.com/KingHenry_2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingHenry_2</a> 👑🏈<br><br>The players voted Derrick Henry the best RB in the NFL!<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nflnetwork</a> <a href="https://t.co/tgAKcVsVi5">pic.twitter.com/tgAKcVsVi5</a>

5. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

We've got something special with <a href="https://twitter.com/tkelce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@tkelce</a> 🏹<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nflnetwork</a> <a href="https://t.co/TlAD6OWzab">pic.twitter.com/TlAD6OWzab</a>

6. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Nobody does it like Davante 😤<br><br>At #6, <a href="https://twitter.com/tae15adams?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tae15Adams</a> is your top wideout on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a>! <a href="https://t.co/0lg3Fzl25q">pic.twitter.com/0lg3Fzl25q</a>

7. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

.<a href="https://twitter.com/TomBrady?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TomBrady</a> comes in at 7⃣ on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a> <a href="https://t.co/ms4NZ1bHyF">pic.twitter.com/ms4NZ1bHyF</a>

8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals

9. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

#️⃣9️⃣0️⃣ is #️⃣9️⃣ on the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a><br><br>📝: <a href="https://t.co/aKJV6L0Gl6">https://t.co/aKJV6L0Gl6</a> <a href="https://t.co/bKTEi3wU7r">pic.twitter.com/bKTEi3wU7r</a>

10. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

From No. 87 to No. 10 in just a year. <br><br>There's a reason <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshAllenQB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoshAllenQB</a> made one of the biggest leaps in this year's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a>. 📈<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLTop100?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLTop100</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nflnetwork</a> <a href="https://t.co/blFOJ0mmQJ">pic.twitter.com/blFOJ0mmQJ</a>

Mahomes took the top spot for the first time after another stellar season. He ranked second in passing yards (4,740) and fourth in passing touchdowns (38) and led the Chiefs to their second straight Super Bowl appearance in 2020. He was named the Super Bowl LIV MVP for leading K.C. to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2019 season and was the league's MVP in 2018.

Brady checked in at No. 7 after he earned the top spot in 2011, 2017 and 2018 with the New England Patriots. Changing teams to join the Bucs didn't slow him down, as he guided Tampa Bay to its second Super Bowl title in his first year with the franchise after throwing 40 touchdown passes during the regular season.

Here's the list of players who've occupied the No. 1 spot since the rankings began in 2011, including Donald, who ranked second this year after leading the pack in 2019:

2011: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2012: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

2013: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

2014: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

2015: J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

2016: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

2017: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2018: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

2019: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams

2020: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

No player made a bigger jump into this year's top 10 than Josh Allen, who checked in at No. 87 last year.

The Buffalo Bills quarterback has transformed from a mistake-prone rookie in 2018 to the MVP runner-up in 2020. He accounted for 45 touchdowns (37 passing and eight rushing) during the regular season to finish second in MVP voting behind Aaron Rodgers and led the Bills to their first AFC Championship Game appearance since 1993. Buffalo rewarded him with a six-year, $258 million extension earlier this month.

Davante Adams also made a sizable jump after landing at No. 57 in 2020. He led the NFL with 18 touchdown catches last year despite missing two games with a hamstring injury.

The 2021 NFL regular season kicks off Sept. 9 when Brady and the reigning champion Bucs host the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium.

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Two Chiefs voted into top 5 of 2021 NFL Top 100 list

Arrowhead Pride 28 August, 2021 - 05:40pm

It’s not exactly a surprise, but now it’s official

It wasn’t exactly a surprise... but at least now, it’s official. Two Kansas City Chiefs are in the top five for this season, joining three other Kansas City players ranked in this year’s list: safety Tyrann Mathieu (58th), defensive lineman Chris Jones (34th) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (15th).

Staking his claim as the best pass-catching tight end in the NFL, Kelce set the all-time single-season mark for tight ends with 1,416 receiving yards in 2020. Kelce’s 105 receptions and 11 touchdowns were career-highs and he continued his stellar year in the playoffs with 31 catches for 360 yards and three TDs. The 31-year-old’s consistent production is also entering historic proportions, becoming the only TE to log five 1,000-yard seasons and the only one with multiple 100-catch seasons in NFL history. Kelce is also the only player in the NFL with 90-plus receptions and 1,200-plus receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.

Mahomes reaches the pinnacle of the Top 100 after consecutive No. 4 rankings and adds another accolade to a young resume that has seemingly accomplished everything already. In 2020, Mahomes threw for 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns in 15 games (14-1) to lead the Chiefs to their third straight AFC West title and grinded through an injury-laden playoff run to Kansas City’s second Super Bowl appearance in as many seasons. Mahomes is winning at a historic pace in his three seasons as a starter with a 38-8 regular-season record and 6-2 playoff record. Although he didn’t match the numbers of his MVP season two years prior, Mahomes was noticeably improved in the advanced details of the QB position in Year 4, improving on his throwing accuracy and his ability to make plays on the run. Everything Mahomes does on the football field seems to have an exciting appeal, and at just 25-years-old, he’s being recognized as the NFL’s best player with plenty of time to get even better.

This is the part where I comment on the rankings — usually finding fault with them. But this time... I have nothing to say.

Two Chiefs voted into top 5 of 2021 NFL Top 100 list

KMBC 9 28 August, 2021 - 05:40pm

It’s not exactly a surprise, but now it’s official

It wasn’t exactly a surprise... but at least now, it’s official. Two Kansas City Chiefs are in the top five for this season, joining three other Kansas City players ranked in this year’s list: safety Tyrann Mathieu (58th), defensive lineman Chris Jones (34th) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (15th).

Staking his claim as the best pass-catching tight end in the NFL, Kelce set the all-time single-season mark for tight ends with 1,416 receiving yards in 2020. Kelce’s 105 receptions and 11 touchdowns were career-highs and he continued his stellar year in the playoffs with 31 catches for 360 yards and three TDs. The 31-year-old’s consistent production is also entering historic proportions, becoming the only TE to log five 1,000-yard seasons and the only one with multiple 100-catch seasons in NFL history. Kelce is also the only player in the NFL with 90-plus receptions and 1,200-plus receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.

Mahomes reaches the pinnacle of the Top 100 after consecutive No. 4 rankings and adds another accolade to a young resume that has seemingly accomplished everything already. In 2020, Mahomes threw for 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns in 15 games (14-1) to lead the Chiefs to their third straight AFC West title and grinded through an injury-laden playoff run to Kansas City’s second Super Bowl appearance in as many seasons. Mahomes is winning at a historic pace in his three seasons as a starter with a 38-8 regular-season record and 6-2 playoff record. Although he didn’t match the numbers of his MVP season two years prior, Mahomes was noticeably improved in the advanced details of the QB position in Year 4, improving on his throwing accuracy and his ability to make plays on the run. Everything Mahomes does on the football field seems to have an exciting appeal, and at just 25-years-old, he’s being recognized as the NFL’s best player with plenty of time to get even better.

This is the part where I comment on the rankings — usually finding fault with them. But this time... I have nothing to say.

Will Alonso's helmet camera become a regular F1 feature?

KCTV5 News 28 August, 2021 - 02:56am

The view from Alonso’s car was truly spectacular, capturing every bump and every undulation on the magnificent Spa circuit. It really was the next best thing to being in the cockpit alongside the Alpine driver. The camera also provided an incredibly detailed view of the dashboard, possibly revealing more than the team had anticipated...

We’ve seen great footage from helmets in other categories, and F1 itself has experimented over the years, but it has never fully committed to any option.

For the moment Spa is just a trial, the first public outing for a system that hopefully will be adopted and used more widely in the future. If that happens we should get some spectacular shots every weekend.

“We've got experience with helmet cameras going back 15 years, maybe more,” F1’s director of broadcast and media Dean Locke tells Autosport. “We've done some stuff with David Coulthard, we did some stuff with what was GP2 at the time. So over the years, we've tried it several times.

“Most of those solutions were on the outside of the helmet. And as developments go on in F1, that's not necessarily permitted. Hence why it's always been tricky to do. So we were always looking to try and get inside the helmet, if possible.”

There have been a few such attempts over the years, as Locke recalls.

“We've done some bits, not necessarily in races, but around testing and pre-season testing. We've done some with glasses that had a little camera on. But to do that in an F1 event, in a race or qualifying session, it’s a completely different environment.

“Also don't forget it's sometimes easier to record and then use it later on. But to actually take that signal and colour correct it and everything else in a live capacity is a whole different ballgame.”

F1’s partner in the current venture is Bell helmets and its parent company Racing Force Group. Bell has developed what it calls its Driver’s Eye system, with a micro camera that weighs just 2.5 grammes that is embedded on the left side of the helmet lining.

It’s been trialled extensively in Formula E over the past couple of seasons. However, F1 has only recently decided to co-operate with Bell and mate it to its own technology.

“A few years ago we were looking at ways to do it,” says Locke. “I think that when we first saw it [the Bell camera], it wasn't on our road map necessarily, and we were looking at other options.

“It's approved by the FIA from a safety perspective. It's a very miniature camera that has been using our on-car system to take that signal and then deliver that back to us.

“I think what we want to do really is take it to a really good level. We’ve seen Bell’s commitment to doing a good job, and we’re also using our initiatives and our technology to make the delivery even better.”

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, with helmet camera

F1’s broadcasting engineers have been co-operating with Bell on integrating the camera into its established on-board systems in order to produce the best possible live pictures. Some tweaking has been necessary in order to achieve the required quality.

“We've got some brilliant experience in camera technology and delivery of camera technology,” says Locke. “So working closely with them we think we can deliver a product that is up to F1 standard.

“We’re really working with them as the specialists, and then using our technology in acquisition and curation in getting a signal off a car at 200mph and getting that live into our systems.

“We're working together to see if we can get it to a point that we'd be happy to use it in F1. And today was just the first start of that testing, and seeing where we can get it better and better.

“We don't need it to be full 4K pictures or anything like that, because I think that's the unique thing about it, isn't it? That it has the vibration and so on. But we do have a lot of experience in that vibration technology and around that area that we can help them with.

“We've been working over the last few weeks on that delivery to try and get it to a really good standard. We're going to make some tweaks to the product, and also to our delivery mechanisms, to get the best out of it.

“And then again the week after, and the week after that. It's still very much an experimental test base for us to get it to a really good standard.”

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

F1 faces a compromise in terms of the bandwidth between the car and the pits – while he was running the helmet camera Alonso’s usual roll hoop camera could not be used for live pictures.

“It's also a question of what we can get off the car while it's going around the track,” says Locke. “There is a ‘pipe’, and we can only get so much off that car. We're looking to improve that technology. And we're looking at that because we also need the roll hoop cameras, we also need the rear facers, we also need to get the data off the cars.

“So there's only so much we can deal with at once until we get a bigger pipe off the car. It would be good to have more drivers, but there's also a finite amount of content we can get off the cars.”

As of Friday evening no decision had been taken on whether Alonso will be run the camera on the track over the remainder of the Spa weekend.

“We're taking a bit day-by-day,” says Locke. “We wanted to run it today, we've got some bits that we wanted to do. We did some work between practice one and practice two. There's some work going on now. We hope to run it on Saturday, but also we have to talk to Alpine, and we have to talk to Fernando about doing it as well. And then who knows for Sunday? It's a bit of a step-by-step test.”

So what of next weekend’s race in Zandvoort and beyond? There are no firm plans as yet for further testing, but if the camera is used again it will be in a Bell helmet, at least in the short term. It’s not yet clear whether it will eventually be used by wearers of other helmet brands, as currently only Bell has FIA approval.

As well as Alonso there are 10 other Bell users on the current grid; Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon, George Russell, Pierre Gasly, Antonio Giovinazzi, Nicholas Latifi and Nikita Mazepin, so there are plenty of options.

“There is no schedule, literally it's sort of day by day,” says Locke. “We've had a small conversation about next week. But this was very much a test, and we're happy to do that test openly, rather than doing it behind closed doors.

“We wanted to put it out because that's a really good way to get feedback. Do the public like it? Do the broadcasters like it? We're taking our coat off and showing what we've got and how we're doing it. But very much to reiterate, we're in test phase with it at the moment.”

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

It’s no co-incidence that it has appeared first at Spa – Locke and his colleagues knew that the view would be spectacular.

“We're about getting some really interesting and good shots. And this track lends itself to that, so it's something we wanted to do here, really. Hopefully it's whet the appetite of fans and our broadcasters!”

Early reaction has been positive, and if you want to see more, you might want to let F1 know via social media.

“We've seen some reaction online. F1 viewers generally just like new stuff, they like new tech. Broadcasters really like it, they particularly like it here, because it's such a unique track to do it at. But I imagine there are probably some circuits where it wouldn't be anywhere near as good.

“Sometimes I'd love to do football, where you don't have to do quite as much! But we're always trying things out, whether it's graphically, whether it's pictorially. And we're always sort of pushing those boundaries.”

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

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FOM must be realistic: '23 races is too much, this season gets 22 Grands Prix'

Kansas City Star 28 August, 2021 - 02:27am

The replacement for one of those races is said to be Qatar, on the MotoGP circuit. Stefano Domenicali explains that they are indeed in talks with the Middle East circuit. "Yes, that's right, there have been talks about Qatar. I can't confirm or deny anything at the moment because that wouldn't be nice from my side," said the F1 CEO according to The Independent.

"We have to find a solution for the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix and we will reveal the calendar soon, hopefully before the end of this weekend". Furthermore, Domenicali also revealed that the Mexican and Brazilian Grand Prix will still go ahead, despite being on the UK's red list. It is expected that they will both be moved by a week so that it forms a triple-header together with Qatar. That will then be from November 7 to November 21.

"Realistically we now have the target at 22 races and that would be a great success as we have never driven that many in a year ever and we must not forget that we are still with COVID," Domenicali concluded.

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FOM must be realistic: '23 races is too much, this season gets 22 Grands Prix'

Kansas City Star 28 August, 2021 - 02:27am

The replacement for one of those races is said to be Qatar, on the MotoGP circuit. Stefano Domenicali explains that they are indeed in talks with the Middle East circuit. "Yes, that's right, there have been talks about Qatar. I can't confirm or deny anything at the moment because that wouldn't be nice from my side," said the F1 CEO according to The Independent.

"We have to find a solution for the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix and we will reveal the calendar soon, hopefully before the end of this weekend". Furthermore, Domenicali also revealed that the Mexican and Brazilian Grand Prix will still go ahead, despite being on the UK's red list. It is expected that they will both be moved by a week so that it forms a triple-header together with Qatar. That will then be from November 7 to November 21.

"Realistically we now have the target at 22 races and that would be a great success as we have never driven that many in a year ever and we must not forget that we are still with COVID," Domenicali concluded.

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