Thursday, January 3, 2013
PFF: AFC South has four All-Pros
By Paul Kuharsky
Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro Team is out and the AFC South has four representatives.
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson, Texans
PFF: "It didn’t start off so well for Johnson, but as teams keyed in a little more on the Texans running game they went back to old faithful and boy did he deliver. He ended the year with the highest overall grade among wide receivers, becoming easily the most reliable player on the Texans offense."
Paul Kuharsky: And we were discussing whether his age was starting to catch up to him before the season.
Third Receiver: Reggie Wayne, Colts
PFF: "Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Wayne spent his entire career as an outside receiver, lining up in the slot 263 times between 2009 and 2011 and then 422 times this year. Working in new areas of the field saw him become a crucial safety valve for Andrew Luck, finishing second overall in our wide receiver rankings."
Paul Kuharsky: He did fantastic work helping Andrew Luck and a young team with superb production and bonus leadership.
Left Tackle: Duane Brown, Texans
PFF: "Which way would we go? Would we go one of the four guys out there (Andrew Whitworth, Joe Thomas, Michael Roos and Ryan Clady) who are elite pass protectors but don’t get much movement in the run game? Ultimately no. We wanted linemen who prevent pressure and contribute to their teams rushing attack. Thus Brown was the obvious choice, doing a fine job in pass protection and being an impact player in the run game."
Paul Kuharsky: There seem to be fewer top-flight, balanced offensive tackles and Brown is a very good player who's grown into his role.
Defensive Interior: J.J. Watt, Texans
PFF: "What can you say about the year Watt had? He led the league in tackles for a loss (22), had 76 quarterback disruptions, and had a defensive stop on 17.2% of all defensive plays he was in on. Oh, and he set a record for batted passes with 15. The stats don’t do justice to his dominance."
Paul Kuharsky: As good as it gets for defensive disruption.