Sproles may be listed as second on the running depth chart to McCoy, but his play this season proves he's anything but a backup. In roughly one-fourth as many carries as McCoy, Sproles has amassed 211 yards, exactly half as many yards as McCoy. Sproles has scored 3 touchdowns to McCoy's 1 and, like Shady, has 2 runs of 20 or more yards this season. As a receiver, Sproles has the same number of receptions (16) and almost 3 times as many receiving yards (Sproles has 198 yards to McCoy's 74).
As for Zach Ertz the numbers also speak for themselves. The rookie tight end has 19 receptions for 306 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Perhaps the most compelling case for Ertz being on the Pro Bowl ballot is his capability of making big plays. Of Ertz's 19 receptions, 7 of them have been catches of 20 yards or more which ties for a team high with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who just so happens to be on the ballot.
And then there are the Rodney Dangerfields of the league, the special teamers not named Cody Parkey or Donnie Jones. If you block a punt for a touchdown, you're more than qualified to make the Pro Bowl ballot. Chris Maragos and Brad Smith can lay claim to performing that very feat, but both are absent from NFL.com's Pro Bowl ballot.
The Pro Bowl, not unlike every major all-star game in professional sports, is a glorified popularity contest. But, it would be nice if the league actually showed some love (or at least show that they've been watching the product) and include a few of the names mentioned in this article on the ballot.
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