Ravens: Earl Thomas rightfully named to the NFL Top 100 list
Earl Thomas landed at 75 on the NFL Top 100 list. Here is why that is awesome:
The Baltimore Ravens fan base doesn’t appreciate Earl Thomas enough. When Thomas signed with the Ravens just about everybody heard some form of the line, that Thomas is the closest thing the Ravens have had to Ed Reed since Reed went to play for the Houston Texans. Expectations for Thomas were set for Thomas that weren’t fair.
Thomas is a safety that can make the quarterback pay. In fact he has three seasons with five interceptions on his resume. He’s never had more than five interceptions. He is an opportunistic safety, but remember Ed Reed had 64 career interceptions. That’s not what you’re going to get out of Thomas, it’s not what you’re going to get out of anybody.
Thomas being listed 75th on the NFL Top 100, which is supposed to be voted on by NFL players themselves, is a big deal. It shows you that he is worth the contract he signed with the Ravens. It shows you that while fans don’t always see it, his game is something to be admired.
In the 2019 season Thomas was graded at a 76.7 by Pro Football Focus. He had an 84.7 grade in pass coverage. Thomas takes away a lot of plays for the opposing team. His job is to prevent big plays down the field which means he doesn’t need an interception to say he made a great play. According to PFF he only was targeted 13 times and allowed just five receptions. The takeaway point here is that he offered a no-fly zone. If you don’t respect Thomas, I promise you that NFL quarterbacks do.
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that Thomas is a good player. This listing on the NFL Top 100 is a starter. Then you realize he’s a seven time Pro Bowl safety. Then you realize he’s a three time All-Pro player. On top of that he won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, nearly won another and was a part of the NFL All Decade Team for the 2010’s.
The Bottom Line:
Thomas is a good player who doesn’t get enough love by the fans. It’s that simple. It’s worth noting that a lot of fans get it. Many don’t though, which is why there is a debate about his inclusion in the NFL Top 100. This is just another example of Thomas being recognized for his performance.
Thomas deserves this. 75 is a good landing spot. We debate the NFL Top 100 a lot, but this is a perfect landing spot for Thomas. He’s very good and he’s among the best players in the NFL. At the same time he’s not an Ed Reed like player. Reed is in the Hall of Fame, Thomas probably ends up in the hall of very good. With that understanding, Thomas should be very appreciated by Ravens fans. He’s held to a standard that nobody can possibly meet. He’s good enough Ravens fans, I promise you.