Joe McKnight didn’t get an invite to play in the Pro Bowl, but The Sporting News named the Jets top kickoff return man to their All-Pro team. Three Jets earned All-Pro nods from TSN as C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis both were voted to the team in vote by 30 coaches and executives.
McKnight, a fourth-round pick out of USC in 2010, became the club’s primary kick returner when Brad Smith departed to Buffalo in free agency. The 5’11”, 205-pounder led the NFL with a 31.6 kickoff return average and his 107-yard scoring return against the Ravens in Week 4 was the longest play in Jets history. He also blocked a punt in a season-opening win over the Cowboys that Isaiah Trufant scooped up for a game-tying score.
A contributor on offense as well, McKnight averaged 3.1 yards on his 43 rush attempts and 10.7 yards on his 13 receptions. With the league year set to begin on March 13 and impending unrestricted free agent LaDainian Tomlinson considering retirement, McKnight could see his offensive duties increase under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
“You look at a guy like Joe McKnight and see the strides he took from year one to year two,” said Senior Personnel Executive Terry Bradway during Senior Bowl Week in Mobile, Alabama. “Now if he can continue to do that in year three, then you’ll feel really good about where he is.”
The Jets feel awfully good about both Mangold and Revis. Widely considered the best in the sport at their respective positions, they participated in the Pro Bowl “game” Sunday in Honolulu, HI as the AFC captured a 59-41 decision.
Mangold, 6’4”, 307 pounds, was the Jets’ 29th overall selection in 2006. He missed the first two games of his career in Weeks 3 and 4 losses at Oakland and Baltimore after suffering an ankle injury in a 32-3 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sep. 18.
“We’re spoiled having Nick Mangold in there,” said QB Mark Sanchez. “He’s the best in football. Hands down. He’s awesome”
After an interception-less 2010 season, Revis saw the ball more and collected four thefts along with 24 PDs. The Jets traded up to get Revis with the 14th overall selection in 2007 and the Pittsburgh product has not disappointed.
“I saw where Deion Sanders mentioned…that when it’s all said and done, that he’s (Revis) is going to go in there with the all-time greats, and I don’t disagree with him,” said Rex Ryan. “Because I think eventually you’re going to end up mentioning Revis with Deion Sanders and Willie Brown.”
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