With the season complete for all but the Patriots and the Eagles, we are still assessing the end of 2017. And, in the case of popularity or lack thereof, for the Bucs Jags and Dolphins, there is some tangible data.
Now, for the Buccaneers, and the Dolphins with their seasons that had playoff expectations originally, and yet, fizzled out to 5-11 and 6-10 respectively, you wouldn’t expect popularity.
However, the Jaguars magical turnaround from one dismal season after another, to winning 10 games, the division, and two playoff games, didn’t really translate to fan interest either.
And, here’s the data that backs that up.
The NFLPA and NFL website have released recent sales on individual player jerseys and as you can tell by our tone/theme to the beginning of this, there’s not a single player from the state in the top 35 league wide.
The NFLPA’s website revealed that WR Jarvis Landry’s Dolphin’s jersey and total merchandise sales were the most from their measured time frame of March-November 2017, was 36th on their list.
There is no other Dolphin who ranked in the top 50.
For the record, the Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliot were 1-2 on the list followed by Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Pats QB Tom Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five.
As for the Bucs, QB Jameis Winston came in the NFLPA’s tabulation at 40 on the list, and he’s the only Buccaneer on their top 50.
Amazingly, despite their turnaround and with a great, seemingly popular rookie RB in Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville didn’t have a player in the NFLPA top 50.
Also a check from the NFL’s online site, NFLShop.com through last week, shows that their Top 30 is led by Wentz, followed by Brady, Prescott and then #4 was WR Antonio Brown of the Steelers.
However, again, no Jags, Bucs, or Dolphins made their list in jersey sales through the site.
It only reinforces that “everyone loves a winner” when it comes to wanting to put their NFL jersey.
And the Jaguars are on their way to helping their popularity, and clearly, the Dolphins and Bucs have lots of work to do.
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