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Akiem Hicks disappointed Jordan Howard not among NFL's top 100

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is unhappy the Chicago Bears, and specifically running back Jordan Howard, have been left off the NFL Network's Top 100 players list for 2017.

The network has yet to reveal their top 20 players, but it's probably safe to assume that no one on the Bears, Howard included, will make the final cut.

"The list, it's interesting how they compile that list," Hicks said on Tuesday. "It's very interesting to me. I feel like last year was the first time I got to put pen to paper and actually vote. But I know one name, without naming anyone on the defense; I know one name that deserved to make it: Jordan Howard.

"He had over 1,000 yards as a rookie. Great touches. He's consistent week-in-and-week-out putting it in the end zone."

Hicks added that he voted for four-to-five Bears players on his personal ballot.

Howard -- drafted by Chicago in the fifth-round last year -- finished second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,313) and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. Howard became one of only five rookies in league history to average 5.0 yards per carry with at least 250 rushing attempts -- Howard had seven 100-plus yard rushing games in 2016.

So far, six running backs have made the NFL's Top 100 list: Buffalo's LeSean McCoy (27), Tennessee's DeMarco Murray (33), Atlanta's Devonta Freeman (41), Miami's Jay Ajayi (69), New England's LeGarrette Blount (80) and New Orleans' Adrian Peterson (98).