So why isn’t JPP on the Pro Bowl ballot? Glad you asked …
WR Victor Cruz is second in the NFC with 1,150 yards (on 68 catches, which ranks seventh) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul is fourth with 12 ½ sacks, but both players may be longshots to make the Pro Bowl because they’re not on the ballot – as many of you have noted.
Why not? Well, it seems ridiculous now, but it made sense at the time. Each team was allowed to put two defensive ends on the ballot, and the Giants understandably chose Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora who projected to be their starters. Tuck and Umenyiora, however, have only 10 sacks combined.
As for Cruz, the Giants were only allowed two receivers, and they chose Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, which also made sense. However, they were also allowed on “flex” spot, which they could use on either a receiver or a running back. They chose to put a second running back – Brandon Jacobs – on the ballot instead.
The fan ballotting, which ends on Monday, does count for only one-third of the vote, though. Pierre-Paul figures to get a lot of support from the other two-thirds (players and coaches) and might end up as a reserves when the teams are announced on Dec. 27. Cruz might have to wait until next year.
As per RV.