Pete Prisco's midseason NFL All-Pro team
We're halfway home this NFL season. Here are the top performers, my halfway All-Pro team.
We're halfway home this NFL season. Here are the top performers, my halfway All-Pro team:
QB -- Aaron Rodgers , Green Bay Packers : He has 25 touchdown passes after a slow start. He's the NFL's best.
WR -- A.J. Green , Cincinnati Bengals : He has eight touchdown catches and is proving that his rookie season was no fluke.
, Bears: He is tied for third, behind Green and James Jones, with seven touchdown catches and is proving to be a steal for the Bears.
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: Has he bounced back from the blown-up knee or what? What an impressive season he is having after a slow start.
FB -- Marcel Reece,
: I hate conventional fullbacks who are really just extra guards. So my pick is Reese, who catches passes and can also block some.
New England Patriots
: He's not putting up crazy numbers like last season, but he's still the best.
, Broncos: He is doing a great job protecting
's blind side. Gets an edge over
, 49ers: He is a road grader in the run game and has improved in pass protection.
: He is a mauler in the middle of the line. Edges out
San Francisco 49ers
RG -- Marshal Yanda,
: He has bounced back from a so-so season for him in 2011 to play a high level.
, 49ers: He doesn't get the acclaim of some of his teammates on the line, but he's been dominant at times.
, Vikings: This rookie has missed one field goal and he's second in touchbacks in the league.
, Dolphins: With the way the Dolphins choke off the run, it allows Wake to be a force coming off the edge.
, Bengals: He has seven sacks and has played the run well. He gets the edge over
, Dolphins: He is a force inside, a big reason why the Dolphins are first in run defense.
, Texans: He's a 3-4 end, who has been a force against the run and getting pressure.
, Broncos: His speed off the edge is key to the
defense. He's also improved as run player.
, Bears: He looks years younger the way he is playing.
, 49ers: In the tape I've watched, he's been a little better than
: He has eight sacks and he makes a ton of tackles.
, Broncos: All he does is line up on the best receiver each week. His is special. Edges out
: He backs up his brash talk with a great ability to cover people.
Los Angeles Chargers
: He has range and he tackles. He's the best in the game right now. Gets the edge over
, Dolphins: Every time I watch the kid on tape, he's making plays. He's getting better and better.
New Orleans Saints
: He is the leader in net average and gross average. He is averaging 51.3 yards per punt. Wow.
, Vikings: I could have put him on as a receiver, but he gets the nod as a returner.
Special teams -- Johnson Bademosi , Cleveland Browns : He always seems to find a way to be near the football. Darrell Stuckey of the Chargers is another.
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Other candidates include Jameis Winston, Blake Bortles and, of course, the Patriots
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