Every season in the NFL they are few players that have a grip about not making the Pro Bowl. So here are a few players that deserve a trip to Hawaii
Alshon Jeffery,WR, Chicago Bears- Jeffery enjoyed a great second year campaign for the Bears. Down the stretch of season it seemed like the light turned on for him and he started to dominate opposing cornerbacks. This past year, Jeffery made a few spectacular and jaw dropping catches that made ESPN’s Top 10 plays. Jeffery caught 89 passes for 1,421 yards and 7 td’s. Voters should have defiantly found a place for Jeffery in the Pro Bowl.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers- Nelson is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL year in and year out. Even without QB Aaron Rodgers lost to a broken collarbone for much of the 2nd half of the season defenses still had to account for Nelson. He’s one of the smoothest route runners in the league and he’s always on the same page with QB Aaron Rodgers. So far Nelson has reeled in 85 passes 1,314 yards and 8 td’s. Look for Nelson to do more damage in the playoffs as they get started this coming week.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins- Things didn’t go as planned for the Redskins this past season. They went 3-13 and ended the season on an 8 game losing streak. The only bright spot for the Washington offense was Pierre Garcon. Garcon set a new Redskins record for catches in a season. This year he amassed 113 catches with 1,346 and 5 td’s. Garcon is a legit #1 receiving in the NFL and defenses must pay special attention to him week in and week out.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos- Moreno is the lead dog in the backfield for the explosive Denver Broncos. He kept defenses off balance with tough inside running and was a big weapon in the passing game for the Denver offense. Moreno seemed to shed that bust label that was placed upon him for the past couple of years. Moreno rushed 1,038 yards and 10 td’s. In the passing game he was deadly catching 60 passes for 548 yards and 3 td’s.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles- Foles is one of the better young Quarterbacks in the league. He just lead the Eagles an NFC East Title on the road against Dallas last night. He’s an improved his ability to read a defense and is operating Head Coach’s Chip Kelly at a high level. Foles’s coming out party was when he threw 7 td passes against Oakland back in week 9. Foles has thrown for 2,981 yards with 27 td’s and has a sparkling rating of 119.2
Jurrell Casey, DT, Tennessee Titans- Casey really blossomed into a huge interior pass rushing force this past season for the Titans. Not only does Casey rush the passer well, he does a great job in shedding blocks and making plays in run defense. This year he sacked the QB 10.5 times and made a living in the opposing teams backfield.
Jason Hatcher, DT, Dallas Cowboys- The Dallas Cowboys had one of the league’s worst units of all time this past year but don’t tell that to Jason Hatcher. He was a consistent force on a defensive line that was decimated by injuries. Hatcher collected 11 sacks, the most for any player at the defensive tackle position this season. He also forced 2 fumbles to go along with his 11 sacks. Hatcher is a free agent and come spring time, look for him to ink a big deal in free agency.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, NY Jets- Wilkerson is a stud on the Jets defensive line. Along with Sheldon Richardson they both make up a young dynamic duo will put fear into opposing offensive lines for future years to come. Wilkerson piled up 10.5 sacks along with 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception.
Kiko Alonso, MLB, Buffalo Bills- Alonso is one the brightest stars at linebacker in the NFL. The former 2nd round pick wasted little time on making an impact in his rookie season. Alonso was a tackling machine gobbling up 159 tackles, picking off 4 passes, 2 sacks and forcing one fumble. If Alonso keeps ascending in the future he’ll be mentioned as one the elite players in the NFL.
Lavonte David, OLB, Tampa Bucs- If you are bucs fan then you notice one guy that jumps off the television screen and that guy is Lavonte David. He’s even starting to remind fans of future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks with his hustle and attitude that he displays every week for Tampa Bay. He is a flat out play maker that can change the game at any period of time. You always have to be weary of where #54 is at all time if you are on offense. David finished the season with 144 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 6 sacks.