Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Castonzo not the caliber of J.J. Watt
By Paul Kuharsky
I shared the AFC South votes I cast for the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association of America in this post early in the week.
Today we get the All-Rookie Team from Pro Football Focus with a couple AFC South representations.
Indianapolis offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo got the left tackle spot: “Castonzo had some trouble against bigger rushers like Terrell Suggs and Jeremy Mincey but after years of Charlie Johnson, can be viewed as a big upgrade already it seems at the LT spot.”
Tennessee defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is one of the defensive tackles: Casey went a long way to helping the Titans transition to a new style of defensive line and it be a success. Only three players made more defensive stops in the run game from the defensive tackle spot.
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt should be on any all rookie team. “(He) is such a good player that if you played him in a 4-3 it would work. He can beat tackles with his speed and guards with his power; that’s a pretty complete player who got stronger as the season went on.”
On my ballot for PFW, I voted for Casey, who was quite good, and Watt, who was excellent . I did not vote for Castonzo. He has a bright future and did some good work. But to give him All Rookie just because he played a lot and was OK in stretches, I think it waters down the honor in the award for people like Watt or Denver linebacker Von Miller.