The Falcons have set the bar on offense in the NFC South, and possibly the NFL, led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Now other teams in the division are trying to catch up. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)
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Matt Ryan, Julio Jones rankings on NFL’s ‘Top 100 Players of 2017’ revealed

The Top 10 on the NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2017” were revealed on Monday night and Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones and Matt Ryan were among the best of the best.

After ranking No. 8 in 2016, Jones was the highest ranked wide receiver on this year’s list at the No. 3 overall spot. The All-Pro receiver recorded 1,409 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season.

Jones was ranked higher than Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown (No. 4), New York's Odell Beckham, Jr. (No. 8) and Cincinnati's A.J. Green (No. 17).

After going unranked on the NFL’s 2016 list, quarterback Matt Ryan’s peers voted him to the No. 10 spot— the third quarterback on the list behind New England’s Tom Brady (No. 1) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (No. 6). Oakland Raiders’ $125 million quarterback Derek Carr landed one spot up from Ryan at No. 11.

The League’s reigning MVP racked up 4,944 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions during the Falcons’ Super Bowl run.

While Ryan landed in the top 10, his teammates thought he was still under-ranked.

The Falcons had four total players on the 2017 list with outside linebacker Vic Beasley landing at the No. 40 spot and running back Devonta Freeman at No. 41.

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