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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
All-NFC East Team: Week 2

By Dan Graziano

The NFC East All-Division Team debuted last week, but no one had played any real games yet. So the rankings were based on career accomplishments, preseason evaluations and a variety of the kinds of things that just don't mean as much as on-field performance in compiling lists like this one.

Now, with one regular-season week in the books, we do it again. And I struggled a little bit with how to handle this week's rankings. Initially, I thought it should be like a college football or basketball pool, in which we'd work off of the initial rankings, moving people up and down based on performance. But I had an epiphany and decided that the only fair way to do this would be to base it on actual 2011 game performance, which basically means last week's team is irrelevant and this week's will be based entirely on the way these guys played Sunday.

That means Justin Tuck, the best defensive end in the division, isn't on this week's All-Division Team, because he didn't play Sunday. If he comes back from his neck injury and tears it up the way he always does, he'll surely reclaim one of those two defensive end spots. But he can't have it this week because those spots are being awarded based solely on 2011 performance, and so far he doesn't have any.

Now, that said, here's current NFC East All-Division Team. Last week's team is listed, position-by-position, in parentheses, and I'll offer some explanations below:

Quarterback: Michael Vick, Eagles (Last week: Vick)

Running back: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (McCoy)

Wide receiver: Hakeem Nicks, Giants; DeSean Jackson, Eagles (Nicks, Jackson)

Tight end: Jason Witten, Cowboys (Witten)

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Mike Sellers)

Left tackle: Doug Free, Cowboys (Jason Peters)

Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (David Diehl)

Center: Jason Kelce, Eagles (Kevin Baas)

Right guard: Chris Snee, Giants (Snee)

Right tackle: Kareem McKenzie, Giants (McKenzie)

Defensive end: Trent Cole, Eagles; Jason Babin, Eagles (Justin Tuck, Cole)

Defensive tackle: Cullen Jenkins, Eagles; Linval Joseph, Giants (Jenkins, Jay Ratliff)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys, Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins (Ware, Brian Orakpo)

Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; Greg Jones, Giants (London Fletcher, Bradie James)

Cornerback: Asante Samuel, Eagles; Mike Jenkins, Cowboys (Nnamdi Asomugha, Samuel)

Safety: Jarrad Page, Eagles; Kenny Phillips, Giants (Antrel Rolle, O.J. Atogwe)

Kicker: Alex Henery, Eagles (Lawrence Tynes)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Steve Weatherford)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Dez Bryant)
Hit me up with questions, which I'm happy to take, and criticisms, which I know you're happy to offer!