The favorite pastime in the hours following the announcement of the Pro Bowl rosters is looking at who got snubbed. The Denver Broncos placed five players on the roster and that’s about right for a team that is 12-3. Having said that, though, there are two players who have a case as to why they should have been named to the All-Star Game in Hawaii. I am not saying these two players were snubbed or that it is a great tragedy that they were not selected; it is more about taking note of two Broncos that are having great seasons.
Offensive guard, Zane Beadles is not well known around the NFL and that probably hurt him in his bid for the Pro Bowl. The improvement in Beadles’ game has been incredible and he has been an important part of an offensive line that has protected Peyton Manning extremely well. Beadles was solid in his first two NFL seasons but has taken a big jump in his third campaign. As with many first time Pro Bowlers; Beadles may get his honor next season after everyone figures out who he is, and what a great season has had in 2012.
The other Bronco who deserved some consideration is linebacker, Wesley Woodyard. A lot of experts and fans were very concerned about the linebacker position for the Broncos at the start of the season, and most of that concern was focused on Woodyard. He had the same shot in 2011 to be a starter and every down player, and while he played well early; he wore down towards the end of last year. In 2012, however, Woodyard started fast and hasn’t slowed down a bit. Heading into the last game of the season, he looks strong and ready for the playoffs. Woodyard had been great versus the run, has been excellent in pass coverage and has five and a half sacks. The Broncos are a top five defense led by Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey but Woodyard has been every bit as important to the success of the defense.
No one is going to lose any sleep over Beadles and Woodyard not being selected to the Pro Bowl, but their seasons have been worthy of a mention or two.
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