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Pro Bowl Preview: Safeties


The NFL Pro Bowl held January 31st in Hawaii is coming up quickly! In my series of articles I will breakdown each position of players, rank them according to who I’d want on my All-Pro Bowl team, and give you a couple guys that were snubbed.

There were three of both free and strong safeties chosen to participate in the Pro Bowl this year. I will be bringing them up from last-to-first by position in the order of who I’d want on my team. My rankings will be based on their performances from this season and not what they have accomplished in the past


Free Safeties

Earl Thomas:earl-thomas-nfl-preseason-san-diego-chargers-seattle-seahawks1-850x560

The sixth year safety out of Texas was voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl this season. He finished with 64 combined tackles, one forced fumble, five interceptions, and nine passes defended.


Reggie Nelson:

Nelson has been a solid contributor throughout his nine-year career in the league, but this is his first Pro Bowl! He finished the season with 77 combined tackles, eight interceptions (tied for #1), and 14 passes defended.


Tyrann Mathieu:


The Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, is an easy top choice at free safety for my All-Pro Bowl team! In his third season out of LSU, Mathieu was voted to his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He was having a fantastic season until he tore his ACL against the Eagles in December. Even though he missed two games, he still finished the season with 89 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, five interceptions, 17 passes defended, and a touchdown.


Who was snubbed?


Harrison Smith:

If you watch this guy play, the first thing you notice is his nose for the ball. He always seems to be there to make the play, but often doesn’t get enough credit. Smith finished the season with 66 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, three passes defended, and a touchdown in 13 games.



Strong Safeties

Eric Berry: 

Even though he is the most inspirational of all the Pro Bowlers, Berry comes in at third for my strong safeties. He made a strong comeback this season to finish with 61 combined tackles, two interceptions, and ten passes defended.


Charles Woodson: 

I’m sad to say that this is Woodson’s last Pro Bowl after 18 seasons in this league. He made the switch over to strong safety, and it worked out well since he was voted to his ninth Pro Bowl fourth second-team All-Pro. He finished his final season with 74 combined tackles, one forced fumble, five interceptions, and nine passes defended. Even at 39 years old, Woodson was a great playmaker this season.


Kam Chancellor:


After his holdout at the beginning of the season, Chancellor showed up to play. He played so well that he was voted to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive time, and more importantly, he is my top pick at strong safety! Even though he played only 11 games, he still finished with 74 tackles, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and four passes defended.



Who was snubbed?

Reshad Jones:

One of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs was Reshad Jones. He finished the season with 135 combined tackles (#4), two sacks, five interceptions, ten passes defended, and two touchdowns. He easily had the best statistical season out of all the safeties.

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