Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl Snubs
By Scott Allen
It is hard to argue much when your team gets three players into the Pro Bowl but were there other deserving players that got snubbed for the Arizona Cardinals?
The Arizona Cardinals got three players into the 2015 Pro Bowl. Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell, and Justin Bethel. I think they got it right on two of those three. I think Peterson got in on reputation. He’s not having a great season. However, were there any players on the Cardinals roster that were deserving of a spot and didn’t get one?
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So who deserved a spot? The Cardinals have been more of a “team” this season rather than a group of individual performers but still I think the argument can be made for some who didn’t get in.
1. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro – The rookie kicker has exceeded the expectations of many, including yours truly. He is 28-32 on field goals and a perfect 25-25 on extra points. You could argue without him the Cardinals might have three or four fewer wins. The certainly sweat against the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams if he’s not around. He was also big in the San Diego Chargers and New York Giants games.
2. Linebacker Alex Okafor – I realize the linebacking core in the NFL is loaded with great players. That being said, Okafor has come up huge in just his second season. He has eight sacks. That is actually one more sack than Campbell has and Campbell got into the Pro Bowl.
3. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie – One might argue Cromartie should have gotten the nod instead of Peterson. Sure, Cromartie struggled mightily against the Denver Broncos but that is his only glaring negative game this season. He has as many interceptions, three, as Peterson does.
4. Safety Rashad Johnson – If there is a player I believe may have been the biggest snub on the Cardinals roster, it is this guy. Johnson has four interceptions, two of which were returned. One went 88-yards for a touchdown. He also has 75 tackles. That’s a lot.
5. Tackle Jared Veldheer – He’s had a solid season on the offensive line. He’s given Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, and Ryan Lindley time to throw the ball. He’s played through injury. You wonder how Kevin Kolb would have fared in 2012 if he had Veldheer blocking for him?