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Arizona Cardinals triplets crack the top 20 in NFL.com’s 2019 rankings

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Since the 90’s Cowboys teams have been known for their quarterback, running back and top wide receiver trios.

The Cowboys Hall of Fame trio, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were dubbed the triplets.

Sure, there were trios before them, but the Cowboys triplets became the envy of the rest of the league.

Now, in the offseason silence, positional breakdowns, tiers of players, offensive rankings, defensive predictions and of course, player rankings.

So, NFL.com’s Ali Bhanpuri combined all the rankings and made a rankings of the NFL triplets of each team.

To be frank, I was shocked to see the Arizona Cardinals crack the top 20, making it right to 20:

Quarterback: Kyler Murray -- Rank: 22nd
Running back: David Johnson -- Rank: 9th
Pass catcher: Larry Fitzgerald -- Rank: 22nd

Johnson quietly put up 1,386 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns last year. Although his numbers were way down from his monster 2016 season, the Cardinals’ offense as a whole was a disaster. Unlike my colleague Maurice Jones-Drew, I’m not at all ready to drop the former All-Pro out of the top 10. ( Let alone down to 25!) After all, the biggest takeaway from Johnson’s 2018 campaign was that he started all 16 games for Arizona after losing basically the entire previous season to injury... I know I might get some flak for ranking Murray higher in the one-game scenario than a few more-established passers, such as Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston, but the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner’s dynamic skill set and overflowing confidence have made me a believer. Fitzgerald is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and will almost certainly finish his 16th NFL season No. 2 on the all-time receptions list (he’s 22 short of Tony Gonzalez) after already working his way up to second all-time in receiving yards.

That’s impressive to see three talented players with question marks garner that much positive attention.

To see the Cardinals ahead of a team like the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, or the New York Giants was a pleasant surprise.

What do you think of the Cardinals ranking?