Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Worthy AFC-Easters make USA Today's All-Joe team


Every NFL fan has a particular player on their favorite team they feel is overlooked, underrated and worthy of more, or at least some, recognition. USA Today has said fan covered.

Since 1992, the paper/website has published its annual "All-Joe" team roster, comprised of at least one player from each team who makes a major impact on his squad but has never been named to a Pro Bowl. (photo: Daniel Speiss, Flickr)

USA Today's Nate Davis presented this year's version Wednesday, and its AFC East selections were spot on. Here they are (Davis's take in quotations):

RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
"After a quiet rookie year, he exploded for the most rushing yards by a New England runner (1,263) since Corey Dillon finished with 1,635 in 2004. If Ridley ever becomes a factor as a receiver, look out."

C Ryan Wendell, New England Patriots
"Basically an unknown outside of New England, he became Tom Brady's third starting center since 2010. Wendell, whose league-high 1,249 snaps alone make him Joe-worthy, was one reason Ridley and the run game really took off while being a constant on the league's most prolific offense."

DL Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets
"An unbelievable run stopper and improving pass rusher, his 69 tackles were tops among NFL linemen who didn't win defensive MVP (Watt)."

S Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
"The former fifth rounder is that rare safety who excels against the run (94 tackles, 3 strips) and pass (4 INTs)."

KR/PR Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills.
"His 18.7-yard average on punt returns was the second-best since the 1970 merger, and he brought two back for TDs; he also averaged 28.3 yards on kickoffs."

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