TEMPE, Ariz. -- Late last week, Pro Football Focus unveiled its All-NFC West team, very similar to what we at ESPN.com’s NFL Nation did a few weeks back.
But one selection stood out.
Not surprising, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was named one of the two running backs chosen. The other? Arizona rookie Andre Ellington. PFF chose him because he “is a special weapon and that’s how this team fit him in.” Ellington led the NFL with 5.5 yards per carry, almost a full yard more than the next best rookie back. His versatility caught PFF’s attention because of his ability to gain positive yards.
“Capable of lining up all over the formation he added an element of unpredictability that has been sorely missing from recent Arizona offenses,” PFF wrote about Ellington.
Joining him on the All-NFC West team was wide receiver Michael Floyd, who had his first 1,000-yard season. Calais Campbell was honored as a defensive tackle, despite lining up out wide most of the season.
Karlos Dansby was named one of three linebackers, joining a pair of 49ers.
PFF said Dansby had something to prove after Miami let him go and what he did with a career season.
“There isn’t another special teamer in the league like Bethel,” PFF wrote.