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How many Chargers will land on NFL’s Top 100?

Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL is currently going through its annual Top 100 Players of 2016 on the NFL Network and to this point, players No. 100 to No.71 have been revealed. This list is compiled by the players themselves.

For a look at which players have been announced so far, click here.

To this point, there have been no members of the San Diego Chargers on the list. They are one of just four teams in the AFC—along with the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans—who haven’t had a player on the list yet. That’s if you count Matt Forte as a member of the New York Jets, which he is now.

With 70 players to be named, how many of them will be Chargers? NFL Network will reveal players 70-61 at 8 PM ET on Wednesday night. Last season, the Chargers had just three players make the list—Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Eric Weddle.

Here are the players we could see appear on the list at some point, based off their 2015 seasons.

Jan 3, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers

2015 Top 100: No. 43

The 4,792 passing yards that Rivers had in 2015 were more than in any other season during his 12-year career. Though all those yards didn’t translate into many wins, he posted a 93.8 QB rating and there is little doubt that he is one of the league’s top 100 players.

Dec 20, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) reacts after a scoring touchdown in the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Woodhead

2015 Top 100: Not Ranked

How many times did Danny Woodhead come up big last season?

Though he only ran for 336 yards on the ground, he was possibly Rivers’ mist trusted target in the passing game. He led the team with 80 receptions and scored six touchdowns through the air. Of those 80 catches, 39 went for a first down.

Woodhead finished the season tied for 18th in the league in receptions, and no running back caught more passes than he did.

Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) catches a pass as Oakland Raiders defensive back Larry Asante (42) defends wide receiver Steve Johnson (11) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen

2015 Top 100: Not Ranked

There’s a good chance that Keenan Allen will be left off this list entirely, particularly because he only played in eight games. However, during those eight games, he was on a ridiculous pace.

Allen had 67 receptions, which translates to 8.3 catches per game. Had he played in all 16 games, he would have been on pace for about 133 catches, which would have been among the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in NFL history.

Though Andrew Luck appeared on the list at No. 92 despite an injury-marred season, don’t expect Allen to get the same treatment.

Nov 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Ingram

2015 Top 100: Not Ranked

Melvin Ingram is one of the league’s best pass rushers, and his 10.5 sacks last year were proof of that. Only 11 players had more, and those players included the usual suspects such as J.J. Watt and Von Miller.

Ingram added 65 tackles, three forced fumbles and six passes defensed. Though it may be a bit of a surprise to see him land on the list, he is certainly deserving.

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