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Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:52 pm
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Rodgers tops Pro Bowl voting; Tebow third AFC QB

Aaron Rodgers led the way in all Pro Bowl voting.(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We've wondered whether or not Tim Tebow is a Pro-Bowl candidate before this year and the answer is probably "no." But that doesn't matter when it comes to Pro-Bowl voting, where Tebow was the third-highest vote getter among AFC quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers, named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, was the top vote-getter among all NFL players, pulling in 1,581,982 votes from fans. Tom Brady was second among all NFL players with 1,454,311 votes. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski joined Brady in the top 10, via NFL.com:

Top-10 Pro Bowl Vote Getters
Player Position Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311
Drew Brees
QB Saints 1,188,893
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Steelers 935,535
Adrian Peterson
RB Vikings 925,554
Mike Wallace
WR Steelers 923,073

So, yeah, breaking: the Patriots and Steelers are popular! Also popular? Tebow.

AFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311 Andre Carter
DE Patriots 511,693
Arian Foster
RB Texans 896,804 Haloti Ngata
DT Ravens 592,603
Vonta Leach
FB Ravens 149,801 Terrell Suggs
OLB Ravens 546,851
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787 Ray Lewis
MLB Ravens 413,222
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886 Darrelle Revis
CB Jets 561,986
Michael Oher
OT Ravens 327,644 Troy Polamalu
SS Steelers 230,649
Logan Mankins
G Patriots 337,844 Ed Reed
FS Ravens 198,075
Maurkice Pouncey
C Steelers 376,457 Shane Lechler
P Raiders 228,782
Sebastian Janikowski
K Raiders 244,512 Joe McKnight
KR Jets 140,926

Once again, I'll point out that the Ravens and Patriots are popular (and also good at what they do), along with the Steelers. Brendon Ayanbadejo was the leading "special teams" vote-getter, with 106,515. On the NFC side, well, I hope you like the Packers:

NFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982 Jared Allen
DE Vikings 784,527
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824 Justin Smith
DT 49ers 525,578
John Kuhn
FB Packers 322,260 DeMarcus Ware
OLB Cowboys 581,554
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777 Patrick Willis
MLB 49ers 581,554
Jimmy Graham
TE Saints 725,612 Charles Woodson
CB Packers 763,198
Chad Clifton
OT Packers 392,106 Roman Harper
SS Saints 147,542
T.J. Lang
G Packers 327,740 Morgan Burnett
FS Packers 223,292
Scott Wells
C Packers 436,693 Andy Lee
P 49ers 161,812
Mason Crosby
K Packers 184,665 Devin Hester
KR Bears 268,293

For the NFC, Jarrett Bush of the Packers received the most special teams votes with 134,696. (And yes, I suppose I could have kick returners on the offense side, but I'm not trying to have my tables be all uneven. Oh no I'm not.)

Naturally, none of this means any of these guys are guaranteed to make the Pro Bowl -- the fan vote only counts as one-third of the total. The players vote is worth two-thirds. But there's a good chance that many of these guys will end up in the Pro Bowl.

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Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Shonn Greene (ribs) questionable to return

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without LaDainian Tomlinson dressed for the game , it was imperative that Jets running back Shonn Greene stay effective and stay healthy. For now, the latter might keep him from accomplishing the former.

After making a four-yard reception late in the first quarter in which he was hit by two Broncos defenders, Greene was shaken up and eventually slowly walked off the field. After he was examined by trainers on the sideline, Greene was taken to the locker room. He is now questionable to return with a ribs injury.

Joe McKnight has taken his place in the Jets offensive backfield, and Bilal Powell also is available.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Shonn Greene held out with skin infection on foot

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets have announced that RB Shonn Greene won’t play Sunday vs. the Bengals because he has a skin infection on his right foot.

GreeneStemming from that declaration, the big question would be: is it a staph infection, which, of course, would not be good news? The team, via the Newark Star Ledger, said it’s unknown because skin infections can’t be cultured.

Either way, the Jets feel confident they caught the infection in time and that the use of antibiotics should make the problem go away.

Without Greene at practice Thursday, LaDainian Tomlinson took the first-team reps, while rookie Bilal Powell continued to get reps as he competes with Joe McKnight for the team’s third RB position.

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:22 pm
 

AFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Buffalo Bills

1st round, Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
Deep down we know we’ll never really run a 3-4 defense.

3rd round, Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
But just in case we do….

4th round, Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina
Replace Donte Whitner? Heavens no, we wouldn’t have him do that! We’ll have Searcy replace backup George Wilson…and let Wilson be the guy to replace Whitner.

Miami DolphinsM. Pouncey (US Presswire)

1st round, Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
We’re still not entirely sure if Richie Incognito is a guard or a center. So, we got an even better tweener to shape that decision around.

New England Patriots

1st round, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The hints of decline that veteran left tackle Matt Light showed last season are only going to get worse. No way we’ll pay him market value.
P.S. Sebastian Vollmer’s future is at right tackle.

2nd round, Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
It’s a tradition around here to draft corners in the second round. Plus, Kyle Arrington has no ball skills.

2nd round, Shane Vereen, RB, California
We need to replace Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor. Also, we wouldn’t mind letting some other team overpay BenJarvus Green-Ellis once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

3rd round, Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
Just in case Vereen turns out to be a flop.

3rd round, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Even we’re not sure exactly why we did this. But we’ll figure something out.

New York Jets

4th round, Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
We can’t shake the images of Joe McKnight throwing up at camp last year.

Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Tomlinson ready for demotion to 3rd down duties

Posted by Andy Benoit
L. Tomlinson
The New York Jets are having player-run practices during these locked out days. Attending these player-run practices is soon-to-be third-down running back LaDainian Tomlinson. The future Hall of Famer told the media on Tuesday that at this stage of his career, he is fine with a role constricted to coming off the bench in passing down situations.

“Now at the end of my career, I’d love to be best third down back,” Tomlinson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. He specifically acknowledged that third-year pro Shonn Greene is ready to assume the starting role.

Tomlinson wasn’t the only Jets running back talking Tuesday. Joe McKnight was asked about the team’s selection of running back Bilal Powell in the fourth round of this past weekend’s draft. “I was pissed and motivated at the same time,” McKnight, the team’s third-rounder last year, said.

What’s interesting is Powell’s presence means that either Tomlinson or McKnight likely won’t be around in 2011.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Jets bringing Tomlinson, Connor back in 2011

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets went on a spree of cutting players Monday, releasing a number of big-name veterans. That group was thought to possibly include LaDainian Tomlinson, but it appears that Rex Ryan's crew will bring LdT back for another run in 2011.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Tomlinson won't be cut by the Jets. Additionally, John Connor (aka "The Terminator") will be the starting fullback in 2011.

Tomlinson was considered a possibility to be cut because of the depth at running back with Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight.

Of course, that depth also looked great before 2010 -- were it not for Tomlinson, there's a pretty good chance the Jets wouldn't have ended up in the AFC Championship Game.

He came into New York looking rejuvenated and provided a fantastic safety net for Mark Sanchez in addition to the only decent running the Jets saw for the first three-quarters of the season.

Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum clearly believe he's got -- at least -- one more good season of football left in him to make a run at a championship.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.5.10: No Randy Moss here



Posted by Andy Benoit and Josh Katzowitz

- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn’t a big fan of the fact that Tampa Bay is paying Cincinnati draftee Dezmon Briscoe the league minimum of $325,000 when practice squad players usually make about $90,000 a year.

- Nobody seems to be sure what’s going on with Matthew Stafford’s throwing shoulder. Great news for Shaun Hill.

- One Carolina writer is calling for the Panthers to get electrifying (or, at this point, potentially electrifying) rookie Armanti Edwards on the field.

- Not a bad Q and A from Indy Star readers. One asked why we haven’t seen more of Colts first-round rookie Jerry Hughes (this link was actually found because Andy was Googling that very question). Another asked – and it’s shocking this question actually made it into the article – why Josh Scobee was not flagged for removing his helmet after his 59-yard field goal. Real quick: the Hughes answer – he’s coming along slowly and still transitioning to the NFL. The Scobee answer – the game clock had expired (which is why the question about his helmet removal is completely ridiculous).

- Aaron Rodgers was voted as the new Player Rep for the Green Bay Packers. It is unknown how much the quarterback spent on his campaign.

- Beanie Wells is not happy with his role in Arizona. On Monday he vowed to meet with Ken Whisenhunt.

- Ravens waive Prince Miller. Noteworthy because, hey, who knew the Ravens had a guy on the roster named Prince?

- Here’s one way to fight an inevitable blackout. O.J. Atogwe is from Windsor, MI, which makes the Rams at Lions game somewhat of a homecoming for him. Atogwe purchased 60 tickets for the game.

- Mike Shanahan said something nice about Albert Haynesworth. Seriously.

-There is talk about the barfing rookie Joe McKnight being a two-way player for the Jets. That’s a considerable promotion from his current zero-way player role. Apparently, McKnight has been impressive as a scout team corner.

- Ray Edwards is always calling out the NFL, it seems. And, unfortunately for the NFL, Edwards seems to be a pretty smart guy.

- Like the Jets, the Packers also have a get safe home emergency plan. It’s a good bet Braylon Edwards wouldn’t use either service

- A couple of wins have quickly changed the atmosphere in St. Louis

- Willis McGahee is romantically linked to reality TV star Kandi Burruss of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. We have our own Josh Katzowitz, an Atlanta-area resident as of August, investigating.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:29 am
 

Hot Routes 10.05.10: Everybody Pat Chung Tonight


Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Albert Breer of the Boston Globe page/NE">Patriots+news">thinks that the defensive system is "taking shape." And it is the shape of Patrick Chung. Okay, he didn't write that -- but that was a critical bounceback game for a Pats D.
  • Perhaps it started, as Ian Rapoport notes in today's Boston Herald , from Bill Belichick's speech to the team -- a classic "you are the underdogs" rant that we all really want, since, you know, there's nothing better than a bunch of Bostonians still trying to pretend they're the scrappy fellas.
  • Matty at The Phinsider calls the Dolphins' loss lots of mean names, but when reality replaces anger for him, it sounds pretty clear that he's concerned for the future, even though it's only Week 6.
  • Armando Salguero writes in the Miami Herald that no one on the special teams unit should be safe . Of course, he also writes that they've been "flirting with disaster for three years" (cue the Molly Hatchet and head to the archives for some scrutiny!). But yeah, when you suck at your job you can totally be fired.
  • A bunch of San Diego restaurants are showing Chargers games even though the games are supposed to be blacked out. The NFL, predictably, is not happy about this. And the restaurants don't care . It's a rebel state that California.
 
 
 
 
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