The New York Jets have announced that cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety LaRon Landry have been named to this year's Pro Bowl as members of the AFC roster. The Pro Bowl has turned into a farce as far as the actual on-field product, but being named to the roster is still an impressive achievement that places a player amongst the elite in the NFL. For Antonio Cromartie and LaRon Landry, being selected is vindication. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Joe McKnight were selected as alternates.
The New York Jets are sending two members of their secondary to the Pro Bowl as starters, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety LaRon Landry. Before the season kicked off we thought this was the most talented secondary in the NFL and by sending two players out of four to the Pro Bowl as starters, their performance has confirmed that statement. If Darrelle Revis were healthy, the Jets would almost certainly have sent three out of four in the secondary.
Antonio Cromartie quieted just about all of his critics, making us look smart after singing his praises for a long time. Antonio Cromartie was ripped after last season for having a "down year," by many who weren't willing to look closer. This season, without Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie was the best cornerback in the NFL. Just about everybody is talking about Antonio Cromartie because of his excellence on the field and his ability to step up with Darrelle Revis absent.
LaRon Landry set out this season to prove he could stay healthy and also to prove that he is still is hard-hitting, playmaking safety. Mission accomplished. LaRon Landry is one of the few players that makes Jets games worth watching at this point, guaranteed to deliver a few big hits and impress with his overall athleticism. Sadly, his resurgence means he likely won't be wearing green and white next season.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Joe McKnight were all selected as Pro Bowl alternates. While D'Brickashaw Ferguson was the last left tackle to allow a sack this season, he still hasn't truly regained his form from the 2010 season. In 2010 he showed major improvement as a run blocker, one of his biggest weaknesses, but he seems to have regressed in that area the past two years. Nick Mangold had a typical Nick Mangold season, solid and steady in the middle of the offensive line. Joe McKnight joins Nick Mangold as a third alternate, with McKnight listed as a kick returner.
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