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2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 New York Giants Who Deserved to be Selected

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2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 New York Giants Who Deserved to be Selected

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When it comes to picking the Pro Bowlers in the NFL, often times performance in previous years factors into the decision. Reputation can outweigh statistics in the minds of fans and coaches. The New York Giants haven't had an issue finding pro bowlers over the last few seasons. 

Last year quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Victor Cruz, guard Chris Snee and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were all selected to the Pro Bowl from a team that didn't make the playoffs. All four of those players returned this year and with the exception of Cruz had the worst seasons of their career.

Manning so far leads the league with 26 interceptions, which is five more than any other player. Snee was placed on injured reserve in October with an injured hip that he had surgery on during the offseason. Pierre-Paul has only two sacks this year, which would be by far his lowest total in his your career. During his rookie season, Pierre-Paul finished with 4.5 sacks, but wasn't a full time starter.

At 6-9, the Giants have had a very disappointing season almost across the board. They haven't had a solid running game all year, starting with David Wilson who had high expectations going into his sophomore campaign. He finished the season with 44 carries for 146 yards, 1 TD and 2 fumbles lost before being placed on injured reserve. They had very small contributions from Da'Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis before getting Andre Brown to return to the team. Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks has not scored a TD all season long and has just 54 receptions. No cornerback on the team has more than one interception on the season and they are last in the NFC in turnover margin with a minus 16. 

As bad as this season has been for the Giants, there have been a few players deserving of Pro Bowl consideration. Even though they had zero guys selected, these five could have all been part of the team.

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5. Josh Brown

Brown
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Josh Brown is 21 for 23, kicking field goals this year including 8 for 9 from 40 yards or further. He plays in much more difficult conditions than Matt Prater who was selected based on his 64 yard field goal.

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4. Linval Joseph

Joseph
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Joseph has 55 tackles and 3 sacks as a defensive tackle. Better numbers than Haloti Ngata who was selected based more on reputation than performance this year.

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3. Justin Tuck

Tuck
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Tuck has 57 tackles, 9 sack and 1 INT as a defensive end this year. Those numbers are better than what Cameron Wake has done this year and he has played a lot of the year without Jason Pierre-Paul on the other side.

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2. Steve Weatherford

Weatherford
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Weatherford has a better yard per punt average than Johnny Hekker and has had more downed inside the 20. Hekker ranks 29th in the league in punts downed inside the 20 and 11th in average.

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1. Antrel Rolle

Rolle
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Safety "A" has 93 tackles, 11 passes defended, 6 interceptions and 2 sacks. Safety "B" has 45 tackle, 6 passes defended, 4 interceptions and 1 sack. Safety "A" is Antrel Rolle who didn't make the pro bowl and safety "B" is Jairus Byrd who did.