Article Courtesy: Dan Benton. Giants Wire/USA Today
Voting for the 2016-2017 Pro Bowl is officially open to the fans — yes, only five weeks into the season — and already ballots across the league are being cast. Which players deserve to go? Which players are voted for anyway? That’s the fun of the Pro Bowl, so with that in mind, here are four members of the New York Giants who deserve (or will eventually deserve) your votes.
No, Beckham Jr. is not putting up his typical numbers, but this is the Pro Bowl and as we’ve seen in recent years, numbers don’t really matter. The Pro Bowl is about putting on a show for the fans (a very watered down show), so who better than one of the most electric and entertaining athletes in the sport? Plus, by the time the game actually rolls around, OBJ will have himself some quality numbers.
3. Defensive End, Jason Pierre-Paul
The sack numbers aren’t there and that will be the knock against him, but Pierre-Paul has played exceptionally well against the run, his tackling has been sound, the pressures are there and the rest will eventually come. Beyond the box score, JPP is really playing quite well this season.
2. Cornerback, Janoris Jenkins
Perhaps no player on defense has performed at a higher level through five weeks than Janoris Jenkins. He’s routinely shut down some of the league’s elite wide receivers, and even picked off Aaron Rodgers twice in a game (hint: that’s very rare). Jenkins is not only deserving of a Pro Bowl vote, but should receive some All-Pro consideration if he keeps playing at such a high level.
1. Guard, Justin Pugh
Play along the offensive line has not exactly been pretty for the Giants, particularly at the tackle positions. However, Pugh has been a demon for defenders on tape and has been, by far, the most consistently dominant player along Big Blue’s line this season. It’s not easy to tell with mistakes being made to his left and, on rarer occasions, to his right, but the film doesn’t lie.