Jennings the leading Pro Bowl vote-getter at cornerback
December 20, 2012, 4:59 pm
Tim Jennings has missed the last two games, but fans didn't hold it against him.
The NFL released its top vote-getters at each position this afternoon, and Jennings led the way for NFC cornerbacks with more than 312,000 votes.
Despite missing the last two weeks with a shoulder injury, Jennings still leads the NFL with eight interceptions. He has picked off a pass in five games, including three multi-takeaway performances.
The seven-year pro got off to a hot start in 2012, intercepting four passes through the first three weeks, including two off Andrew Luck and another off Aaron Rodgers. His September accomplishments earned him the Defensive Player of the Month award.
Jennings was likely helped out by the presence of Charles Tillman, who early in the season was a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. He won the Defensive Player of the Month award in October after intercepting two passes, returning both for touchdowns, and forcing two fumbles. There's a chance Tillman could join Jennings in the defensive backfield when the full rosters are announced next week.
The rest of the NFC North was well-represented on the list of leading vote-getters, as Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, John Kuhn. Jeff Saturday, Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson all were ranked at the top of their positions. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen were the highest-ranked running back and defensive end, respectively. The Lions did not receive a top vote-getter, as New York's Victor Cruz beat out Calvin Johnson at wide receiver.
Brandon Marshall, Henry Melton, Lance Briggs and Robbie Gould are likely to be in the discussion for the final Pro Bowl roster. Players on teams competing in the Super Bowl are not eligible, so perhaps this will be a moot point if Chicago can make an unlikely run.
Tags: Pro Bowl
, Chicago Bears
, Charles Tillman
, Tim Jennings
, Henry Melton