Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) intercepts a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson (84) at M
Terence Newman-At age 35 the Kansas State Alum and former Dallas Cowboy who was left for dead has been a rock for a Bengals secondary that has struggled with health. This year Newman should be talked about for this 3rd Pro Bowl appearance because he has deserved it. On the year he “only” has 2 interceptions, but his 14 pass defenses are near the top for AFC corner backs.
Vontaze Burfict-From an untouchable draft prospect to Pro Bowl LB, wouldn’t that make them talk. When I watch the games I notice that there is football speed and then there’s Taz speed, his instincts are un-coachable, in a good way . The second year MLB leads the league in tackles and he has to be the top UDFA of the last 2 years hands down.
AJ Green-Hopefully the offense figures out how to get the ball to Green when covered by Joe Haden because there will be several more games involving the two. Coming into the Cleveland game Green led the league in receiving yards. He is a lock for his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl, despite the up and down performance of his quarterback.
I’d give a pair of token nominations to Leon Hall and Geno Atkins. They were arguably the best players at their respective positions before they went down for the year.
As for who’d make it that’s still on the roster, AJ Green is the most obvious one. He has a great chance to win the receiving yardage title, and continues to play like one of the two or three best receivers in football.
Vontaze Burfict also deserves to be in, and just think of it like this: Less than two years ago, Burfict was sitting at home watching player after player selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but never was his name called.
Now, he could hear his name called when a draft of the best players in the NFL are announced as he’s selected to his first Pro Bowl in just his second year in the league. What a comeback story Burfict is, and hopefully, this is just him scratching the surface of his ultimate potential.
As for the third selection, Kevin Huber has to get the nod. He’s been arguably the best punter in the league, and he’s really masked some holes on the offense and defense. When teams have to drive the length of the field as they do after a Huber punt, it’s hard to keep long drives going and end them with points. At some point, the defense can get a stop on a third-down, but Huber’s great punting typically leads them getting a number of third-down opportunities to stop the opposing offense.
Oh, and when your offense is struggling as much as the Bengals have recently, a solid punting game can ensure that the opponent is rarely starting drives with great field position.