LeSean McCoy’s big year has earned notice from fans around the league, though he might deserve even more credit than he has received. The Eagles’ back ranks third in the NFC in fan voting for the Pro Bowl behind Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson (the leading vote-getter among all running backs). Fred Jackson, who tormented the Eagles earlier this year, leads the AFC in running back votes and is also ahead of Shady overall.
The players ahead of Shady have been excellent, but McCoy could make an argument for being the top back in his conference. He ranks second in the NFL in rushing (behind only Jackson, and ahead of Forte and Peterson), leads the NFL in touchdowns and ranks fourth in total yards, behind Jackson, Forte and Arian Foster. Peterson seems to be benefiting from reputation, which isn’t all that unusual, though he also has to deal with being the focal point of the Vikings' offense.
Among fans, seven other Eagles are polling in the top five in the NFC at their position. Some of them have clearly gotten there on name recognition while more deserving Birds lag among fans.
Mike Vick ranks fifth among NFC quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, not surprisingly, leads the league in fan votes). That seems high given Vick’s play this year. Eli Manning has been far better but is not in the top five in the conference. On the other end of the spectrum is Jason Peters, who has been outstanding but places fifth so far among NFC tackles. The Packers’ two tackles lead the conference in fan votes.
On defense, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins ranks third in the conference and Jason Babin is second in the NFC (fans obviously love sacks). Nnamdi Asomugha ranks third among NFC corners and Kurt Coleman, benched for a stretch earlier this year, is fifth in the strong safety race (here’s a guess that his three interceptions against the Redskins put him on some fans’ radars).
Special teams ace Colt Anderson is also third at his position in the conference. Oh, and David Akers? Second in the NFC among fans.
The fan voting only accounts for part of the Pro Bowl roster. Players and coaches also get a say.
Fan voting is ongoing on NFL.com.