NFL Pro Bowl: Aaron Rodgers and the Biggest Snubs of the Year
Every year around this time, the Pro Bowl rosters are announced for the NFC and AFC squads. This is also the time of year when players who should get into the Pro Bowl get the "snub" label.
This season is the same as any.
Aaron Rodgers leads a list of players who should be going to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, but instead will be left home.
Here are some of the most glaring oversights of the 2011 Pro Bowl.
LeSean McCoy: Philadelphia Eagles, RB
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LeSean McCoy has had a breakout season in 2010. After replacing perhaps the best back in franchise history in Brian Westbrook, McCoy has made the transition an easy one for Eagles fans.
McCoy has been the perfect back to complement Mike Vick's resurgence in the NFL. He has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as pound it between the tackles. He leads the NFC with 551 receiving yards (as of Week 15) from the running back position. He also leads his team with 74 receptions.
McCoy has a chance at 2,000 all-purpose yards from scrimmage, but should fall just short.
He currently has 1,036 yards rushing, 551 yards receiving, and has reached the end zone nine times.
Brandon Flowers: Kansas City Chiefs, CB
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Brandon Flowers, a third-year cornerback out of Virginia Tech, has emerged as an anchor on an up-and-coming defensive unit in Kansas City.
Flowers helped lead a turnaround season in Kansas City. The AFC West champions just improved their record to 10-5 on the season and Flowers is one of the biggest reasons why.
Flowers has been one of the best shut-down corners in the AFC in 2010.
He has 14 passes defended and two interceptions to go with a forced fumble and a defensive TD.
Darren McFadden: Oakland Raiders, RB
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Darren McFadden, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, has finally shown why he was drafted so high coming out of Arkansas.
McFadden had struggled to stay on the field the last two seasons, but has finally started to put it together in his third season with the Silver and Black.
McFadden has 1,157 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 5.2 yards per attempt. On top of that, he has 47 receptions for 507 yards and three touchdowns.
McFadden has helped the Raiders come back to respectability in the AFC, defeating the rival San Diego Chargers twice and destroying the rival Denver Broncos 59-14.
Mario Williams: Houston Texans, DE
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Mario Williams, the No.1-overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, has been terrorizing QBs since his first game in the NFL.
The 2010 season was no different.
Despite missing the last three games of the season, Williams still collected 8.5 sacks to go along with his 22 tackles.
Williams has faced double teams most of the season, due to the under-performing line play of the Texans all season.
Tramon Williams: Green Bay Packers, CB
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Tramon Williams is a fourth-year cornerback out of Louisiana Tech.
The Green Bay Packers will be well represented in Hawaii, sending five players to the Pro Bowl, but Williams should have been included among the five.
Charles Woodson, while the biggest name in the Packers defensive backfield, is no longer its best player. Williams has taken over as the No.1 corner on the fifth-ranked defense against the pass in the NFL.
Williams adds 47 tackles to go along with his six interceptions and 19 passes defended.
Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers, QB
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Aaron Rodgers, since being drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2005 Draft, has developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Rodgers' season in 2010 has been yet another stellar year statistically. Despite missing most of Week 14 in Detroit and the week after that in New England, Rodgers still has thrown for 3,693 yards and 27 touchdowns on the year.
Rodgers also doesn't have quite the running game that other Pro Bowl QBs have the luxury of having. The Packers rank 22nd in the NFL in rushing yardage and 334 of those yards have been from Rodgers himself. He also has added four TDs with his feet.
Rodgers came back in Week 16 to play in a must-win game versus the New York Giants to try and stay alive for the playoffs.
Rodgers responded with the best game of his career. He threw for 404 yards and four TDs in a 45-17 rout.
Hakeem Nicks: New York Giants, WR
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Hakeem Nicks is a second-year wide receiver out of North Carolina.
The New York Giants were not sure who might step up when Steve Smith went down. Hakeem Nicks answered the call.
In 2010, Nicks has caught 79 balls for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns. This was all done while missing two games late in the season due to injury.
If not for the late-season collapse of the Giants, Nicks may have been the top receiver on a playoff team.
Vernon Davis: San Francisco 49ers, TE
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Vernon Davis, the No.6 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, has been one of the most productive tight ends in the NFC over the last few seasons.
Davis has been hindered by very poor quarterback play. Between Troy Smith and Alex Smith...well let's just say there is much to be desired.
Despite the rough quarterback play, Davis has still been productive in 2010.
He has caught 53 balls for 818 yards and six TDs this year.