New for this year, the NFL Top 100 list is being released 10 players at a time in a limited nightly series. Thursday night saw the list’s first Buccaneer as outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was ranked at No. 65. The list is decided solely by current NFL players and was based on 1,098 ballots this year.
In his ninth season, and first with the Bucs, Pierre-Paul became the Bucs’ first double-digit sack player since 2005 when he registered 12.5 sacks on the season. He had 16 total tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits and 58 combined tackles, too. Pierre-Paul’s 12.5 sacks were tied with Chicago’s Khalil Mack for 12th-most in the league. His 16 tackles for loss were tied for ninth-most with Houston’s Jadaveon Clowney.
A well-vested league veteran, Pierre-Paul was the biggest offseason signing by the Buccaneers prior to 2018 when they traded for him with the New York Giants. Pierre-Paul had spent the entirety of his career up until then with the G-Men and had gained a reputation as one of the most feared pass rushers in the league.
Pierre-Paul was an immediate contributor for Tampa Bay’s defense, leading the team in both sacks and tackles for loss. He was also an immediate contributor to the Tampa Bay community. Pierre-Paul played his last collegiate season at the University of South Florida and re-acclimated himself with the Tampa Bay area through various community initiatives with the Buccaneers.
Locked in to a four-year deal, Pierre-Paul will start training camp this year on the Active/NFI list after suffering a neck injury in a car accident back in May.
NFL Network will be broadcasting the rest of the NFL Top 100 list until July 31 at 9 p.m. ET.
View photos of DE Jason Pierre-Paul from the 2018 season.