2013 Pro Bowl: Jacksonville Jaguars Players Who Were Snubbed
It's no surprise, though, as the Jaguars lack talent at nearly every position and are tied with the Chiefs with the worst record in the league at 2-13. In fact, this season is the worst season in Jaguars history.
Despite the fact the team has been abysmal this season, the Jaguars still have some very talented playmakers who deserved recognition as some of the AFC's best players.
Here are the Jaguars' three biggest Pro Bowl snubs.
Cecil Shorts III
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Cecil Shorts III came out of nowhere in 2012 and took the NFL by storm. Following a disappointing 2011 rookie campaign in which he caught only two passes, Shorts quickly became the biggest threat the Jaguars had in 2012.
Shorts was the deep threat the Jaguars had been searching for for years. His 17.8 yards-per-reception average led the AFC and was second to only Vincent Jackson in the entire NFL. He was tied for fourth in the conference with 17 receptions for more than 20 yards and tied for eighth in the AFC with seven touchdowns. Shorts III not only had a breakout season, he had one of the best season's for a wide receiver in the AFC.
His performance is even more impressive when one considers the quarterbacks he had to work with. The players who made the Pro Bowl—Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker—all have Pro Bowl-level quarterbacks or young studs throwing them the ball. Shorts had Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as his quarterback, neither of which play at a high caliber. The fact the Shorts III had such a successful season despite the poor quarterback play makes his season look just that much better.
Although he couldn't play in the Pro Bowl, Shorts deserved recognition as one of the AFC's best receivers. His ability to return from the concussions will go a long way in determining how the Jaguars' 2013 season will play out.
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Paul Posluszny is a machine in the middle of the Jaguars defense, and the lack of talent around him often makes him overlooked.
Posluszny, who is in his second season with the Jaguars, ranks third in the AFC in combined tackles with 123, and he is tied with teammate Russell Allen for second in the AFC in total tackles with 100.
Posluszny's pass defending, which was considered his weakness when he signed with the Jaguars, has been much improved this season. His seven pass defenses tie him for third among AFC linebackers. Poslusny's three interceptions tie him for 11 overall in the conference, and he is tied for the most in AFC for linebackers.
Posluszny has had a great 2012 despite playing on one of the worst defenses in the league. He leads at least one of the two middle linebackers named to the AFC's Pro Bowl team in every category except sacks and fumbles. He deserves to be going to Hawaii to represent the conference.
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"He's not a punter. He's a weapon!"
Rich Eisen said just that when the Jaguars drafted Bryan Anger out of California in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. While Eisen's commentary on the pick may have been sarcastic, Anger has proven himself to be a great punter.
The rookie leads the AFC with a 42.4 yard net punting average. Anger is also first in the conference, and second in the NFL, with 28 punts fair caught, meaning he gets enough hang time on his punts that opposing returners do not have a chance to advance the ball. Anger's 30 punts inside the 20-yard line tie him for second place in the AFC, and he is fifth in the conference with a 47.9 yard gross punting average.
Anger isn't just having a spectacular season; he may be having a historical one. He is on pace to have the highest gross average and the highest net average for a rookie punter in NFL history.
Even though Anger should have been named to the Pro Bowl, he may very well go down in the history books.
Eisen was right; Anger is a weapon.