The New York Giants are sending three players to the Pro Bowl in a season that has been very disappointing. The Giants will be sending WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and OL Chris Snee to the Pro Bowl. As I heard the names, I instantly wondered if any of them belonged there.
Cruz has 82 catches for over 1,000 yards, but has been shut down recently. However, I still believe Cruz belonged in the Pro Bowl. Last year, he also caught 82 passes for over 1,500 yards and wasn’t selected to participate in the Pro Bowl. When the Giants’ offense was flowing early in the season, Cruz played a big part in that.
Cruz also nine touchdowns, more than he scored last year. Overall, Cruz has shown that he is worthy of a long-term deal and isn’t a one-year wonder. His strengths, which help QB Eli Manning out with timing, is his precision with route-running. Cruz sells double moves probably harder than anyone in the league, and when they’re communicating well, he’s always in the right spot.
Pierre-Paul only has 6.5 sacks, so I believe he clearly doesn’t belong in the Pro Bowl. Pierre-Paul has been a better player against the run, but the sharp decline in sack totals was obvious and he should not have been selected.
DE Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears and DE Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings were also selected at that position. Peppers and Allen had down years as well, so this is clearly one of those positions where those guys were able to be voted in on reputation more than their play. To the credit of Peppers and Allen however, Peppers did rack up 11.5 sacks while Allen racked up 11.
Snee is another dubious choice, as it appears he certainly got in on reputation more than his play. Snee has been disappointing at times, and lately, the entire offensive line has been sluggish and not giving enough protection for Manning. Snee has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times now, so he has a good reputation.
Snee wasn’t the worst Pro Bowl selection at offensive linemen. OL Jeff Saturday of the Green Bay Packers was selected, even though the Packers have grown tired of his poor play. He was benched against the Tennessee Titans, and Saturday never really found a comfort zone with QB Aaron Rodgers like he had with QB Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.
The more obvious snub was leaving out S Stevie Brown. Brown has seven interceptions, which is tied for second in the league. He’s also done this without playing in the first four games. Brown also forced two fumbles and recovered two more, so he definitely should’ve been able to go to Hawaii this year.