Eric Weddle gets due recognition

Eric Weddle is finally getting some respect.

Weddle has been one of the best safeties in the NFL for the past three years. However, he has often gone overlooked. He is a ballhawk, a leader, and a sure tackler. According to ESPN Stats and Information, since the start of 2008, Weddle has broken up 15 passes when lined up as a safety, tied for second most during that span. Thirteen of those were thrown at or beyond the first-down marker, third most. Yet, he hasn’t gotten much love in his career around the league.

Now, he is getting his due respect. In ESPN.com’s list of the top 100 defensive players in the league, Weddle comes in at No. 24. This is the territory of the game’s best players. And Weddle is where he belongs. In my rankings of the top 40 overall players in the AFC West this summer, I had Weddle as No. 7th overall and the second highest rated defensive player.

This latest list further shows how strong of a player Weddle is.

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