The Pro Bowl rosters were announced at 4 p.m. today and an NFL-best seven New York Jets were selected to join the AFC team in Hawaii. Quarterback Brett Favre, running back Thomas Jones, center Nick Mangold, guard Alan Faneca, nose tackle Kris Jenkins, cornerback Darrelle Revis and kick returner Leon Washington all will represent the Jets. The seven players marks the most the Jets have ever sent to the Pro Bowl in a single season.
Brett Favre (10th Career Pro Bowl): 21 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions, 67.6 completion percentage. Joined the Jets in early August and gave the Jets a threat to spread defenses. While he has resorted back to his high-risk, gunslinging mentality on occasions, he has also looked like the Hall of Famer he will soon be.
*Thomas Jones (1st): AFC leading 1,222 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns (13 rushing, two receiving), 4.6 yard average. Jones may be enjoying his best season in the NFL and has turned the Jets running game into one of the most dominant units in the NFL. He has been a workhorse as he leads the AFC with 263 carries. As important as Favre and Jenkins have been to their respective units, Jones may be the Jets’ MVP.
Nick Mangold (1st): Has developed into the anchor of the Jets’ offensive line in just his third full season. Has started in all 14 games and has helped pave the way for AFC’s fourth-best rushing offense (129. 2 yards per game) and seventh-best passing offense (207. 3 yards per game).
*Alan Faneca (8th): In his first season as a Jet, Faneca has helped shore up the left side of the Jets’ offensive line. Last season the Jets allowed 53 total sacks (29th in NFL), but that number has dropped to just 26 this year.
*Kris Jenkins (4th): Jenkins plays in a self-described “grunt position” and thus won’t put up any big numbers, but his presence in the middle of the defensive line cannot be underestimated. After featuring one of the league’s worst run defenses last year (134.8 yards allowed, 29th in NFL) the Jets run defense has been among the league’s best units this season. The unit has struggled of late in allowing Peyton Hillis of the Broncos and Marshawn Lynch of the Bills to rush for over 100 yards but its still among the league’s best. Jenkins has also provided pressure on the pass rush and has blocked two field goal attempts.
Darrelle Revis (1st): In just his first full season as a starter, Revis has already developed into one of the league’s few shutdown cornerbacks. Even though the Jets pass defense has disappointed this season (241.7 yards allowed, 29th in NFL) it certainly is not because of Revis. Quarterbacks have turned away from passing in his direction and have targeted rookie Dwight Lowery and 14-year veteran Ty Law. Revis is tied for second in the NFL with five interceptions.
*Leon Washington (1st): Washington’s first appearance in Hawaii has been long awaited and well-deserved. Washington is one of the league’s most electric players and is a game-changer on special teams (26.7 yard average on kick returns, 4th in AFC). There are few returners that force kickers to avoid them and Washington is one of those special returners. His 92-yard touchdown return in the Nov. 13 win over the Patriots has stood as one of the Jets’ biggest plays of the season.