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Kickers: Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns and Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
Phil Dawson may very well go down as one of the greatest kickers of all-time. His play in the 2012 season will definitely help that candidacy. Dawson has been perfect for the Browns, giving them a reliable go-to when the offense bogs down. And that's happened a lot.
David Akers was set to take the second-team vote until his miserable performance against the New York Jets. Instead, rookie Greg Zuerlein steps up. Zuerlein has been a top-three kicker all season, impressive considering he was at tiny Missouri Western State last year.
Punters: Andy Lee, San Francisco 49ers and Shane Lechler, Oakland Raiders
Andy Lee's ability to pin the ball deep is hands-down the best in the NFL. No one else should be considered for the top spot on the All-Pro roster.
The second-team punter was tougher. Shane Lechler and Bryan Anger have both played very well, but given the conditions that Lechler must punt in, he gets the early season nod.
Returners: Darius Reynaud, Tennessee Titans and Josh Cribbs, Cleveland Browns
Had he not been listed at wide receiver, Percy Harvin would have won a spot here. Since he was, the top two returner positions easily go to Darius Reynaud and Josh Cribbs.
Reynaud came out of nowhere to spark the Titans' special team play with a punt return touchdown and an across-the-field pass that set up a touchdown return by Tommie Campbell. That's called being a dual threat.