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Jets Fans: Pro Bowl Balloting Has Begun

Posted by jetsstaff on October 26, 2011 – 9:35 am

Who will be the Jets’ newest Pro Bowl participant in January? Linebacker David Harris? Tight end Dustin Keller? Kickoff returner Joe McKnight?

All three?

It would be neat to turn some of the Green & White’s top stars into NFL All-Stars this season, to have them add their names to the list of Pro Bowl players that includes current Jets Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. And Jets fans can help bring this about by casting their ballots for their favorite Jets on newyorkjets.com/probowl

It’s that time of year for the NFL and all its teams to get out the vote for the 2011 season’s Pro Bowl, which will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Fans, players and coaches each supply a third of the vote that establishes the players who make the initial AFC and NFC rosters.

And the Jets have become one of the league’s top teams at landing players on the AFC roster and sending them to the annual Pro Bowl. From 2008-10 they’ve filled 15 berths on the conference Pro Bowl team.

Three current Jets have sampled the poi and sipped the mango-ritas in Honolulu (and in South Florida in early 2010), and all are off to great starts in ’11.

After seven games, Revis (three-time Pro Bowler) has a team-high four interceptions, one returned for a 100-yard touchdown — the longest home INT-return TD in franchise history — against Miami, and blankets opponents’ No. 1 wideouts on “Revis Island.” Center Nick Mangold (also a three-time Pro Bowler) continues to prevail in the pivot, calling the Jets’ O-line signals and handling the big dogs in the middle of opposing defensive fronts to keep the offense moving. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (two Pro Bowls) has become one of the top left tackles in the game, protecting his quarterback’s blind side from the best pass-rushers in the game.

Will they qualify to return to Hawaii at the end of this season? And who among the Jets will join them?

“Hitman” Harris rules the roost in the middle of the Green & White defense, posting great tackle numbers and supplying timely blitz pressure on enemy QBs.

Keller, who last year became the first TE to lead the Jets in receptions since Mickey Shuler in 1985, is at it again, topping this year’s offense with 25 catches and 372 receiving yards as one of Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets.

McKnight erupted on the scene with the longest play in franchise history, his 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown at Baltimore, and leads all NFL kickoff returners with a mind-numbing 40.0-yard average on each runback.

And in the coming weeks, other Jets are sure to catch the eye of fans and voters in the New York area and across the nation. CB Antonio Cromartie supplies the athletic coverage against other teams’ wideouts on the side of the field opposite Revis. Head coach Rex Ryan has said LB Calvin Pace is having his best season since Ryan arrived as the Jets’ football boss in 2009.

On offense, Sanchez continues with his growth curve, posting the best regular-season completion percentage and passer rating of his three-year career. WRs Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress have the skills to erupt at any time for weeks at a time. Shonn Greene ran with his most authority yet in the comeback win over the Chargers. And Ryan has always felt that the indestructible Brandon Moore “is the best right guard in the game.”

Not to forget the specialists, Nick Folk has yet to miss a field goal or placekick, and he and his coverage team have combined to lead the league with 14 inside-the-20 kickoffs. And Eric Smith not only is a regular starting safety for the first time in his career and the Jets’ leading tackler on defense, but he is still a monster in all phases of the Jets’ special teams.

Fans can vote for any of the above Jets, all of them, or any Jets not mentioned on the NFL’s official Pro Bowl fan ballot on their PCs or via their iPads or mobile devices. Once on the ballot, fans can elect to fill out the entire ballot or just vote for one or a few of the players of their choice.

Voting will conclude on Monday, Dec. 19, following the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and 49ers. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. ET on the special “NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show” on NFL Network.

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26 Responses to “Jets Fans: Pro Bowl Balloting Has Begun”

  1. By GaryC on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    revis and ferguson, that’s it,what other jet really deserves it,McKnight maybe as a special teams guy,Mangold’s been hurt.Jet run defense has been suspect.Cannot see the praise that Ryan is heaping on Pace,I see a soft linebacker who is constantly getting beat one on one.If the jets involved Keller more he could be worthy but they forget him for long periods of time.

  2. By Frank on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Astonishing!!!!!!!!!!! TanWoody cuts Baxter????? There must be a mistake it probably should have read Ducasse. This is another head scratcher all you need to do is look at the Ravens game and see how idiotic this move is along with many others this year. I would love to know what is going on in the front office.

  3. By Greg on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Revis, DBrick, Mcknight and Big Davey Harris. All 4 are elite at their positions. Absolutely no one else deserves to make it except Mangold, but he was hurt.

  4. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see how a guy with a 40-yd avg who’s made big plays on returns several times isn’t a lock at KR, GaryC, though I agree with your other remarks. I’ll take Mangold over Brick, Greg, based on how I know the former will perform and on how surprisingly mediocre the latter has been in some games. And I’ll go out on a limb and say that Folk deserves some consideration, after all he hasn’t missed a FG and as Westhoff just said he’s been better on kickoffs. Frank, I gotta believe cutting Baxter means we might be ready to bring in a vet backup C. And lighten up on Ducasse, you sound like the guys who wanted to cut McKnight and Wilson last yr.

  5. By MikeG on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Revis,Brick,Mangold,Harris and Mcnight all deserve it. Mangold was hurt for two
    games but look how much better the offensive line has been since he came back.
    That’s what an all-pro and in my opinion the best center in the game does for an offensive line.
    Yes Keller would be a pro bowl tight end if they used him regularly. He is one of the best tight ends out there.

  6. By Ray on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer I have been reading your debate with ’64 Tom about Sanchez and there is a slight correction, if it hasn’t been made already since I haven’t read all your back and forth banter. As much as Sanchez played significantly better, the Mangold holding brought out Mark’s best and worst moments of the game. Yes he made a nice throw to SH which got called back, however, I watched the replay and if Mangold DOESN’T hold on that play there is a guy coming straight up the gut who very likely doesn’t allow Sanchez time to make that throw. And 2nd, we didn’t settle for a fg on that drive, two plays later Mark made his worst throw of the game giving a pick in the endzone, which SD then turned into a TD for a 14-3 lead. Didn’t cost us, this time.

  7. By wayne on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Cribbs will probably beat out McKnight.

  8. By wayne on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Best can be said about Folk right now, when he lines up to kick, your heart isn’t in your throat……

  9. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for your support, Ray. I like Spicer’s optimism but the pt you make about Sanchez’s INT resulting in no score is exactly the kind of thing I mean when I say that an improved passer rating doesn’t tell the whole story about our QB. Spicer apparently doesn’t think MS “lost” the BAL game with that horrendous INT that was returned 73 yds for a TD, doesn’t think his INT vs. OAK right after Kerley’s 53-yd PR and his starting almost every first half in the last yr and a half without a TD constitutes putting your team in the hole big-time. On any team that wasn’t constantly hyped by its own HC and local press to win the SB, this would be the play of just an avg QB. MS needs to show his post-season smarts and skill IN EVERY GAME OF THE YEAR!

  10. By Clarke W. Griswald on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Revis and Mangold, as others have noted, Keller has the skills, he’s just under utilized and playing with a young QB. We should sign Mangold’s sister holly to the backup center spot. I just saw her on T.V. training for the olympic weight lifting team, she is no joke.

  11. By Clarke W. Griswald on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets are gonna roll up to Buffalo and run a number six on ‘em…. “That’s where we go ridin’ into town, uh-whompin’ and uh-whoopin’, every livin’ thing that moves, within an inch of it’s life.”

  12. By Karan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I vote for the all the jets players, especially for mangold, moore, brick, revis, tone, keller, leonhard, harris, pouha, devito, mcknight and yes cro.

  13. By Rich Delia on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Obviously Revis and Ferguson. McKnight as special teams and Mangold, even though hurt for a few games his brilliance to the team is unmistakable. He wikll prevail over the remaining schedule to earn his rightful slot.

  14. By Dug on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Randy – Mark’s pass to Keller that was taken away & returned for a touchdown was ruled a fumble – why was that not an interception since it didn’t appear Keller ever had control of the ball ?
    Thanks for your good work !

  15. By Randy Lange on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Dug, the statistical ruling always begins with the ruling on the field. In the end zone replay, after Shaun Phillips hits Dustin Keller and Donald Butler rips the ball out and heads toward the goal line, head linesman Julian Mapp (No. 52) reaches into his right pocket and tosses his beanbag to the turf. That means he judged that Keller had established a reception and thus that the play was a fumble, not an interception. That’s the way the stat crew has to rule.

  16. By Javier Salinas on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Defense!! all of them! Also, and most important….PLAXICO BURRES!!! because, everyone deserves a second opportunity!! ( i dont know where i read this) but so far….its Plax Time!!

  17. By Danny on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    MS in no way lost the Baltimore game for us. Our O-line did. Sanchez got killed and was completely shook all game long. If Peyton Manning took blindsided shots like MS did he would have been shook too. Some ppl are just not realistic

  18. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Every QB faces pressure, Danny, and some in the league have seen more than Sanchez has this yr while many have seen less. The thing is, a 3rd-yr guy who’s supposed to be on his way to greatness doesn’t compound the problem by making poor reads or throwing badly in routine situations. MS’s throw on the Webb pick was beyond pitiful, as was the call itself, it came at the worst possible moment, and there was no pressure on that play. So overall it was a perfect example of the kind of mistake that he should no longer be making. Yes, in literal terms no one player ever “losees the game,”but that play lost it as much as any one play lost a game all yr. His momentum-changing INT vs. OAK, while not as climactic, was similar in many ways.

  19. By jetfan1 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    How did we go from pro-bowl comments to back and forth on MS?

  20. By Tom Spicer on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Tom 64, You really think you know everything now dont you. Well let me tell you this Phil Simms, Boomer, Collinsworth & Micheals all said they do not care who the QB was Montana, Brady, Peyton or God. Nobody could have done anything behind that O line the way they blocked in that game & the funny thing about it is you blame Mark but when your overrated not top 15 WR Holmes repeatedly comes out & says as much to the media about the O line being bad. He shows how bad of a teamate he is & you say its okay for him to say that & that what he is saying is true. Well if that is true than you blaming Mark is not only double talk but its also talking out of the side of your mouth.

  21. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Again, Spicer, you doth protest too much. I don’t think I know everything but you seem to think I do, since you’re so enraged by my calm analysis of Sanchez’s problems. Nowhere in this last post of yours do you address what it says about MS that he still has the tendency toward “the big mistake,” which by the way was a phrase I remember being used with respect to another once-promising Jet QB named Todd. I’ve defended MS on this site with respect to his class and his leadership qualities and you’ll have to ask Rex why he APPOINTED Holmes a captain, which I don’t think was a good move on any level. All I wanna talk about is the plays MS makes and the plays he doesn’t, and by the way it’s too late to talk about how little he played at USC.

  22. By jetfan1 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    As Jet Fans we should vote for all eligible Jets. As I am sure this is what the smaller market teams fan base do. This is what we are supposed to do. As JETS FANS. As the players and media will even it out. WE are the only voice for the jets.
    A fantasy football fan can vote for who they believe is the best player at each position. As an NFL fan and front-runners will do. We are JETS FANS! LONG SUFFERING J-E-T-S jets Jets JETS! Fans.

  23. By jetfan1 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Nobody in New England is going to vote for Nick Mangold, Darelle Revis, Or any other JET! I Do think that Tom Brady is the best QB But, I will not vote for him, And he will still be in the Pro Bowl,That is how it works.

  24. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    I voted for Brady and Ben R, for example, jetfan1, but also quite a few Jets who aren’t entirely lighting it up, like Cro.

  25. By Jet Fan Tom Since '64 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, it goes without saying — or maybe it doesn’t, for younger fans — that a ton of guys from the Super Bowl team should be in the ROH. Without guys like Snell, Rasmussen, Sauer, Turner, Atkinson, Baker, Herman, and plenty of others, there wouldn’t be all that much in Jets history to celebrate.

  26. By JACK on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Just because Mangold been hurt for a few games doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get voted to the Pro-bowl I’m voting for him.

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