All-AFC East: New York Jets

January, 2, 2014
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For a team that received no Pro Bowl love, the Jets did quite well for the inaugural all-AFC East team, courtesy of ESPN.com's NFL Nation.

The Jets placed eight players on the divisional all-star team -- four offense, four defense -- but there was one glaring omission: defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. This must be pick-on-Mo season, because he also was snubbed by the Pro Bowl. In a vote of the AFC East team reporters, Wilkerson finished behind Chandler Jones (New England Patriots) and Mario Williams (Buffalo Bills). Both are quality players, but it just seems odd that the Jets' best player couldn't make it. I'm pretty sure Wilkerson doesn't have an all-AFC East bonus in his contract, so I don't think he'll mind.

To account for 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, a total of 12 players were selected on defense. Four of the Jets' front-seven starters made the team, three of whom were truly deserving: defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, outside linebacker Calvin Pace and inside linebacker David Harris. Outside linebacker Quinton Coples peaked late, but finished with only 4.5 sacks. It's interesting that four members of the league's 25th-rated offense made the cut. Aside from the New England Patriots, who scored a division-high nine selections, it wasn't a great offensive year in the AFC East.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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