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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pro Bowlers

Julius Peppers and Jordan Gross will start in the Pro Bowl, and will be joined by backups Steve Smith and Jon Beason. It's the first Pro Bowl for Gross and Beason, and now brings the amount of Carolina draft picks to make a Pro Bowl to eight, including five first rounders (Kerry Collins was an alternate, and played, but wasn't voted in). All four players chosen were drafted by the team, a stark difference from the first two regimes where the Pro Bowlers were veterans (save for Muhsin Muhammad).

First alternate at RB is Deangelo Williams, giving him the ability to participate if any of the top three don't plan on showing, and Carolina placed three third alternates. K John Kasay, G Travelle Wharton, and CB Chris Gamble were listed in the third tier, giving them a bit of honor and a very slight chance of making the game.

Kasay was a big snub - having lost out to John Carney - despite hitting 25 of 26 field goals. Carney has more total points, due to a stalling Giants offense. Williams, as well, has a higher ypc average than anyone that made it, is 4th in rushing yards overall despite splitting time, and leads the league in rushing TDs.

The two starters include ominous contract implications - both are free agents after the year.
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