Green Bay Packers: 6 Players Who Deserve the Most Pro Bowl Consideration
It's barely over the midpoint of the season, but the NFC Pro Bowl picture is already clearing up a little.
There's still time to change people's opinions, but it's not too early to rule out some people and lock in others.
That's even the case for the Green Bay Packers, who'll look to have multiple representatives at the Pro Bowl.
Here are a few candidates from the Packers who have a solid shot at making the Pro Bowl this season.
Clay Matthews, OLB
Even with his injury, this a hands-down, no-brainer selection.
Clay Matthews is the best outside linebacker in the NFC, and probably in all of football.
With little to work with in terms of talent around him, Matthews still finds ways to the quarterback and does a job in run defense and coverage that other talented pass-rushers can't do.
If he isn't starting for the NFC, something's gone wrong. Horribly wrong.
Aaron Rodgers, QB
Aaron Rodgers will make the Pro Bowl. The only question is whether he'll make it as the starter or as a backup.
You could make the case for either one, really.
Drew Brees probably won't get the start, but he leads the league in touchdown passes and should continue to put up numbers.
Then you have Rodgers, who has half as many picks as Ryan and has led his team to what seems like a Pro Bowl spot. He's excellent all around and has scrambling ability as well.
Really, the starting job is a toss up between Rodgers and Ryan, and it'll be interesting to see who gets the honor.
Casey Hayward, CB
With each passing week, Casey Hayward makes more and more of a case for a Pro Bowl selection.
Originally just a situational player, the second-round rookie has thrived in the expanded role he's received due to Sam Shields' injury and his own stellar play.
Tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with five, and tied for third in the NFL in passes defensed with 14, Hayward has a legitimate claim to the final spot in the NFC for a cornerback spot.
You could also factor in his clutch forced-fumble on Andre Roberts late in the Arizona game that knocked the ball behind the first down line. The Cardinals never did pick up the first down and turned the ball over on downs.
Hayward is a beast in coverage, and a Pro Bowl spot would only make the Packers look better after trading up into the second round to get him.
Josh Sitton, OG
While Josh Sitton and the rest of Green Bay's interior offensive line got absolutely mauled by Nick Fairley this past weekend, Sitton's enjoyed a good season otherwise.
Sitton allows little pressure as a pass protector and is solid in the run game. He's much better as a pass protector, though, and may get knocked down in the polls because of his failure to maul in the run game consistently.
Another problem in achieving a Pro Bowl selection is that he's vastly underrated.
While a casual fan may know high-priced players like Carl Nicks, and deservedly so, they might not recognize the name Josh Sitton.
Sitton would be on the bench if he makes the team.
Jarrett Bush, ST
I'm not sure that he's the best special teamer in the NFC, but Jarrett Bush is a darn good one at worst and deserves consideration after years of underrated special teams play.
Bush isn't ever going to be confused with a great cornerback, but he's a good special teamer.
There are several other special teams dynamos in the league, and this one's probably going to come down to team popularity in the fan vote.
Bush has a decent, if not great shot at this.
Tim Masthay, P
Tim Masthay is a top-five—at least—punter in the NFL, but people don't pay too much attention to punters, so they might not vote for him.
That's especially the case when it comes to punting, where people tend to just look at things like average or net average.
However, it's the other stats that differentiate Masthay from other punters. He's third in the league in return average, second in the league in punts inside the 20, tied for first in punts inside the 10 and also tied for first in fair caught punts.
That's a pretty impressive resume.