Despite having a season to forget the Eagles had a few individual performances worth remembering, and now those players have been rewarded with Pro Bowl nominations.
The NFL announced Tuesday that running back LeSean McCoy, left tackle Jason Peters, and defensive end Jason Babin will represent the Eagles as Pro Bowl starters in Honolulu.
McCoy was an absolute gimme. This year he established himself as a true force and really, as one of the top running backs in the entire NFL. Through 15 games, Shady has 1,309 rushing yards, a number even more amazing when considering how he’s criminally under-utilized by the bumbling coaching staff. He also has an incredible 20 touchdowns, including 17 rushing, both Eagles franchise records.
It’s the third year back’s first, but likely not last, Pro Bowl nod.
For Peters, going to the Pro Bowl has become an annual event, with this being his fifth straight trip and third in as many seasons as an Eagle. He adapted perfectly to the change from Juan Castillo to Howard Mudd’s new zone schemes, demonstrating his incredible athleticism both taking on edge rushers as well as road grading down field for McCoy.
In his second stint with the Eagles, Babin has shown exactly why the Eagles wanted to bring him back. With 18 sacks on the season, he’s actually exceeded everyone’s expectations. Thriving in line coach Jim Washburn wide 9 pass rush scheme, Babin improved upon his 12.5 sack season last year in Tennessee with Washburn and the wide 9. Babin’s 18 sacks are second in the NFL and are three shy of Reggie White’s Eagles record of 21.
Also confirmed by the team were defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins as a first alternate and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as a second alternate, the latter based really on name alone as Nnamdi was a major disappointment this year, both through his play and for the Eagles inability to use him correctly. Jenkins was a more than solid pickup and deserved some recognition for his weekly efforts as the rest of the defense was falling apart.
So while the Eagles as a team let down the fans, at least a few players showed up when it counted and now they’re being recognized for it. That said, it’s likely each of them would trade a trip to Hawaii for a trip to the playoffs.
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