With the Pro Bowl rosters unveiled, the next question is which players should have made it. Here are some of the names that come to mind, based on consultations with and among the PFT staff.
At quarterback, it’s hard to supplant any of the six guys who made it (Tom Brady, Patriots; Andrew Luck, Colts; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; Tony Romo, Cowboys), but Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson have reason to be a little bit miffed.
At running back, the spot that went to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could have/should have gone to Packers running back Eddie Lacy, or possibly to Ravens running back Justin Forsett.
Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders (95 catches, 1,331 yards), Lions receiver Golden Tate (96 catches, 1,286 yards) had better numbers than Dez Bryant, but Bryant has a much greater impact on the opposition and game planning.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned a spot based on reputation. From a pass-catching and blocking standpoint, Titans tight end Delanie Walker deserved it more than Graham. Bears tight Martellus Bennett also had more catches and yards than Graham. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had plenty of clutch catches.
Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson had a better year that Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe. Our resident North Carolinian Darin Gantt, who covered the Panthers for 14 years before joining PFT, believes Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had a better year than Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
At cornerback, Orlando Scandrick of the Cowboys and Antonio Cromartie of the Cardinals arguably had better years than Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
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