NFL is revealing its Top 100 players of the 2017 NFL season. QB Philip Rivers is the second Charger to be named.
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was voted on by the players as the 100th-best player of 2017, and now quarterback Philip Rivers is joining him on the list.
Rivers was voted the 73rd-best player of 2017.
“There’s a reason why he’s been doing this for so many years. Absolute beast, monster.”
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 9, 2017
Here’s what NFL.com’s Nick Shook had to say:
“Rivers is nearing the twilight of his career, but he’s been about as reliable as they come. A quick look at his stats shows yet another 4,000-plus-yard season and 33 touchdowns, but a career-high in interceptions with 21, and the lowest completion percentage (60.4) since his 2007 campaign.”
According to Chargers.com, this marked the sixth time Rivers made the Top 100. Last year, he ranked No. 46. Rivers was the second quarterback selected in this year’s rankings (Chiefs’ Alex Smith went No. 81 overall).
Rivers, who was a 2017 Pro Bowl selection, passed for 4,000-plus yards for the fourth consecutive season and threw 30-plus touchdowns for the third time in four years. Unfortunately, Rivers finished with a career-high 21 interceptions.
Despite the back-breaking picks (which weren’t always his fault), Rivers put up solid numbers behind the 31st-worst offensive line in the game, which says a lot. The Chargers got Rivers (and RB Melvin Gordon for that matter) some help in the offseason, adding several new offensive linemen (LT Russell Okung, OT/G Forrest Lamp, OG Dan Feeney and OT Sam Tevi) and getting another weapon in Clemson WR Mike Williams.
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