AFC East: Anthony Madison

Kicker's fans stuffing Pro Bowl ballot box

December, 2, 2008
12/02/08
8:01
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Apparently there's a campaign taking place in Big Sky Country to send Dan Carpenter to Honolulu.

Carpenter

Carpenter, the Miami Dolphins' undrafted rookie kicker from Montana, is having an impressive season, but not enough to skyrocket him to first place among all AFC kickers in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl on his own merit.

Carpenter wasn't in the top five two weeks ago. He made his debut last week with 50,793 votes. In one week, he generated 92,381 more votes to shoot past Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas.

For comparison, Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, an MVP candidate who leads balloting among all defensive players, received 50,472 votes over the past week.

As of Tuesday, Carpenter has amassed 143,174 total votes in fan balloting, which continues until Dec. 9. Fan votes account for one-third of the process. Players and coaches will cast their votes from Dec. 9-12. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced Dec. 16.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski leads the AFC with 107 points, three more than Bironas. Carpenter is 12th in the AFC with 77 points, but he has made 11 consecutive field goals, a Dolphins rookie record and the most in the NFL since Gostkowski did it in 2006.

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A look at the AFC East in Pro Bowl balloting

November, 25, 2008
11/25/08
5:23
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre continues to be the AFC's most popular quarterback in balloting for the Pro Bowl.

Favre ranks third among all NFL players with 525,825 votes in fan balloting, which continues until Dec. 9. Fans account for one-third of the process, with players and coaches also helping decide who goes to Honolulu.

Here are the position-by-position tallies of where AFC East players rank within the conference:

Quarterback
1. Brett Favre, Jets (525,825 votes)
Comment: He has about 152,000 more votes than second-place Jay Cutler.

Running back
1. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins (346,059)
4. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (181,613)
Comment: Tennessee Titans rookie Chris Johnson is behind Brown by about 36,000 votes.

Fullback
3. Tony Richardson, Jets (95,559)
Comment:
Richardson still third, but he's closing the gap a bit on LeRon McClain, about 22,000 votes ahead.

Wide receiver
4. Randy Moss, Patriots (235,279)
Comment: Moss finally had a Pro Bowl-worthy game with three touchdowns against Miami. He trails first-place Brandon Marshall by 50,000 votes.

Tight end
None.
Comment: No AFC East tight end should be in the top five.

Center
3. Nick Mangold, Jets (126,938)
Comment: Mangold is hopelessly way behind Kevin Mawae and Jeff Saturday.

Guard
1. Alan Faneca, Jets (215,134)
5. Logan Mankins (74,936)
Comment: Bills guard Derrick Dockery falls out of the fourth spot, while Mankins deservedly debuts in the top five.

Tackle
1. Jake Long, Dolphins (137,556)
2. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets (125,602)
3. Matt Light, Patriots (100,824)
Comment:
Again, the only AFC East left tackle not in the top five is former Pro Bowler Jason Peters.

Defensive end
None.
Comment: Still no Richard Seymour?

Defensive tackle
4. Kris Jenkins, Jets (105,282)
5. Marcus Stroud, Bills (93,589)
Comment: Stroud slips from third to fifth, while Jenkins rises from fourth to third. Albert Haynesworth has more then twice as many votes as second-place Casey Hampton with 263,064 votes.

Outside linebacker
1. Joey Porter, Dolphins (198,283)
Comment: Chatty sackmaster has about 42,000 more voted than second-place James Harrison.

Inside linebacker
4. Tedy Bruschi, Patriots (60,658)
5. Jerod Mayo, Patriots (52,290)
Comment: Rookie of the Year candidate Mayo debuts on the list and deserves to finish higher than Bruschi. Regardless, Ray Lewis is uncatchable.

Cornerback
None.
Comment: Darrelle Revis is being overlooked because of such big names as Champ Bailey and Cortland Finnegan.

Strong safety
4. Yeremiah Bell, Dolphins (22,977)
5. Donte Whitner, Bills (22,945)
Comment: Bell and Whitner switch positions on the list. Whitner's shoulder injury is keeping him off the field and certainly will affect his votes. Troy Polamalu is in first by a large margin.

Free safety
4. Kerry Rhodes, Jets (46,198)
Comment: Ed Reed is way out in front with more than three times as many votes as Rhodes.

Kicker
5. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins (50,793)
Comment: Stephen Gostkowski is tied for the NFL lead with 103 points and can't get any Pro Bowl love.

Punter
3. Brian Moorman, Bills (44,599)
Comment: Moorman moves up from fourth and is only 22,000 votes behind leader Shane Lechler.

Kick returner
2. Leon Washington, Jets (63,709)
Comment: Washington jumps up from fourth but still is 25,000 votes from Darren Sproles. Bills specialist Roscoe Parrish falls out of fifth.

Special teamer
2. Patrick Cobbs, Dolphins (55,894)
3. Larry Izzo, Patriots (43,462)
Comment: Cobbs and Izzo flip-flop spots. Cobbs is only about 4,000 votes behind Anthony Madison.

How is AFC East faring in Pro Bowl votes?

November, 18, 2008
11/18/08
7:28
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Brett Favre is the AFC's most popular quarterback in balloting for the Pro Bowl.

Favre ranks third among all NFL players with 402,514 votes in fan-based balloting, which continues until Dec. 9. Fan balloting counts for one-third of the process, with players and coaches also helping decide who goes to Honolulu.

Among AFC East players, what I found most interesting about the early returns is the dearth of Buffalo Bills among the top five at the various positions. Bills fans are passionate, especially when their team is winning, and online balloting began Oct. 13.

Here are the position-by-position results and how AFC East players rank within the conference:

Quarterback
1. Brett Favre, Jets (402,514)
Comment: He has almost 94,000 more votes than second-place Jay Cutler.

Running back
1. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins (284,794)
4. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (154,637)
Comment: The Wildcat has helped propel Brown to prominence, but he's deserving without gadgets.

Fullback
3. Tony Richardson, Jets (70,237)
Comment: LeRon McClain of the Ravens is first with about 25,000 more votes.

Wide receiver
4. Randy Moss, Patriots (188,138)
Comment: Strictly on reputation. Jets receivers Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are having seasons every bit as good.

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