NFL Top 100 players: Larry Fitzgerald comes in at No. 38 this year

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Despite okay production, he still has the respect of players all over the league.

Every offseason, NFL Network puts together a list of the league's top 100 players, as voted on by the players. Larry Fitzgerald is in the mix again. After being as high as seventh, despite two straight seasons without reaching 1000 yards receiving, he is still considered one of the best.

He comes in this offseason at number 38 (see the video on NFL.com).

It is the fourth straight year he is on the list -- he was initially 14th, then seventh, then 22nd and now 38th.

Philadelphia cornerback Brandon Boykin said Fitz is "one of the most complete receivers in the league, if not the most complete receiver in the league."

Teammate Justin Bethel says Fitzgerald's hands are incredibly strong. "Once (the ball) is in there, it's almost impossible to get it out," he said.

Fellow receiver Roddy White said that Fitz probably has the best hand-eye coordination in football.

Teammate Patrick Peterson said Fitz still belongs on the list. "The stats may not speak volumes about that, but I definitely think he makes enough plays and does what he has to do to put our team in a great position to win," he said about Fitz.

Despite his "down years" the past two seasons, he still has gotten to 800 catches and 11,000 yards faster than anyone else in history.

What is interesting is that Peterson reveals just how serious the hamstring injury that Fitz suffered and played through last season. He said that the team "heard a loud pop" in practice while Fitz was running a route. Yikes!

He played through that injury all last season and apparently still has some lingering issues.

Is 38 where he belongs? He is rated higher by the players than other receivers -- Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Demaryius Thomas, DeSean Jackson and Jordy Nelson.

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