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NFL peers would give Rice the rock on 3rd-and-3

The NFL player polls that Sports Illustrated sends me get more random by the week. The poll in this week's magazine asked 287 players who they would want to hand the ball off to on third-and-three.

At the rate we're going, we'll probably find out by season's end who NFL players think would make the ideal partner for a tandem bicycle park through Central Park. I've got Cortland Finnegan in the office pool.

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Anyway, Baltimore running back Ray Rice was tied for fifth in the voting for this week's poll with Atlanta's Michael Turner (four percent each). Minnesota's Adrian Peterson topped the list (32 percent), followed by Tennessee's Chris Johnson (21 percent),  New York's Brandon Jacobs (10 percent) and St. Louis' Steven Jackson (six percent).

Houston's Arian Foster and Cleveland's Peyton Hills, who are tied for the league lead in third-down conversions, didn't receive votes -- unsurprising considering players were polled at the start of the season.

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