Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith
After three seasons experimenting with a playground-style Pro Bowl where captains chose teams from a pool of the league’s top players, the NFL is returning to the traditional AFC-vs.-NFC format for its 2017 all-star game.
There are a couple of new wrinkles: The Pro Bowl will be held in Florida instead of Hawaii, and in the days leading up to the game there will be a “Pro Bowl Skills Showdown” that — hopefully — might be as cool as the old “NFL’s Fastest Man” and QB-challenge competitions I remember from when I was a kid.
Another Pro Bowl tradition is having a lot of players who are voted into the game being replaced by alternates. Continue reading
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Offensive as it may be to those who prefer their professional football pure and uncorrupted by business, there is still such a thing as the “contract year” in the NFL, and there are still players who just happen to have the best season of their careers when they’re looking forward to free agency and a big payday the following offseason.
Reggie Nelson was the NFL’s definitive “contract year” guy in 2015, and it landed him in the 60th spot on the NFL Network’s ranking of the league’s top 100 players for 2016.
Nelson tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions last season. He also notched a career-high 14 pass breakups, tied his career high with two fumble recoveries, made 77 tackles, and he helped the Cincinnati Bengals win the AFC North for the franchise’s fifth straight postseason appearance. Continue reading
In a surprising break from the norm, a defensive player was the headliner when the Associated Press revealed its All-Pro Team for the 2015 NFL season.
Rather than the competition for first-team quarterback between Cam Newton and Tom Brady (Cam won), or Adrian Peterson regaining his spot as the game’s top running back after missing almost an entire season, the top story when the rosters were released Friday was Khalil Mack, the Oakland Raiders star who made history by being the first player in NFL history to make first-team All-Pro at two positions in the same year.
Mack, a second-year pro who had 15 sacks and 77 tackles, was named to the first team at defensive end and linebacker. Continue reading