By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on August 21, 2014
Last season the New England Patriots had four players selected to the Pro Bowl: QB Tom Brady, G Logan Mankins, WR Matthew Slater (selected for his play on special teams) and CB Aqib Talib. The Patriots made some acquisitions on both sides of the ball this offseason, and there are some second-year players who could make an impact this season. Here are five Patriots players who could make the Pro Bowl this season.
Edelman was Brady’s favorite target last season and had 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six TDs. The Patriots do not have a true No. 1 receiver -- someone who can take the top off of a defense. Plus, TE Rob Gronkowski is coming off of an ACL tear last season, and Edelman’s main competition (Danny Amendola) has failed to stand out and is often injured. Edelman may be poised for a huge 2014 season (which may or may not be good for the Patriots).
Mankins went to his first Pro Bowl in 2007, becoming the first Patriots guard to earn a Pro Bowl selection since HOF John Hannah was named to his ninth in 1985. Last season Mankins was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl and sixth overall. He had various injuries and missed six games last season, but he was still named to the Pro Bowl. There is a good chance he is named to yet another Pro Bowl at the end of this season.
Collins could easily make the biggest leap of all of the Patriots second-year players. He could challenge double-digit sacks and is very effective in pass coverage as well. Collins is one of the most versatile players on the Patriots' defense, and he will see tons of action. Expect to see No. 91 making plays all over. When people vote for the Pro Bowl it will be impossible to ignore Collins.
The Patriots signing Revis in free agency may end up being the biggest offseason acquisition this year. Revis is still one of the best corners in the NFL. Simply adding him to the mix automatically makes the Patriots' defense more versatile. Revis can cover the opposing team’s best receiver one-on-one or basically shut down one side of the field. It’ll end up being difficult not to vote for Revis as a Pro Bowl CB.
Without much of a supporting cast in 2013, Brady threw for 4,343 yards and 25 TDs with only 11 interceptions and was named to his ninth Pro Bowl, tying John Hannah for most Pro Bowls in Patriots history. He’s one of the best QBs ever. Brady wants another Super Bowl ring more than a Pro Bowl selection, but there’s a decent chance he plays well enough to be chosen to another Pro Bowl and the Patriots go to the Super Bowl.
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