Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cowboys well-represented on NFC Pro Bowl roster.

A league-high 11 Cowboys were named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster yesterday, with most of the names you‘d have expected to see on the list making it.

Seven offensive players were named to the team, with Terrell Owens and Jason Witten being named starters, along with three starters along the offensive line - center Andre Gurode, tackle Flozell Adams, and guard Leonard Davis, who makes the Pro Bowl in his first season in Dallas.
Tony Romo leads the NFC in touchdown passes and is second in yards, but he is only a reserve on the Pro Bowl roster, as the rejuvenated Brett Favre gets the starting nod.

The other Cowboy to get an invite on the offensive side of the ball is Marion Barber III, who isn’t exactly the starter at running back, but with 1,130 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns, he’ll be going to Hawaii.

On defense, DeMarcus Ware is unsurprisingly a starter, with a career-high 75 tackles, along with 11 sacks (.5 off of his total from last year) and about 572 QB pressures.

Terence Newman is a reserve at corner, and Ken Hamlin was also named a Pro Bowler in his first season in Dallas. Hamlin was named a reserve at free safety, with the league honoring late Redskins safety Sean Taylor by very deservedly naming him the starter - an honor that he likely would have received if not for his untimely death last month.

Rookie kicker Nick Folk, who beat out Martin Gramatica for the starting job in training camp, was rewarded for his excellent rookie campaign by being named as the NFC’s placekicker.

The only move that could be considered a snub is Greg Ellis being left off of the roster. Ellis missed the first three games as he was trying to overcome nagging Achilles’ issues, but has 11.5 sacks in the 11 games since, two higher than the career high he set in 16 games in 2004.

Anthony Henry was off to a Pro Bowl start this season, with four interceptions in the first three games, but missing three games with injuries hurt him, though he’s still having an excellent season, with five interceptions.

The question now is: How many of those who were invited will show up?

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