AFC East generates low All-Pro wattage

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The AFC East didn't get much love in balloting for the Associated Press All-Pro team.

The AFC East went into 2008 with enough star power to light a developing country, but based on feedback from the AP's national panel of media members, the division's most dazzling aspect was special teams.

New York Jets kick returner Leon Washington and New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski were the only players in the division named to the first team.

Patriots receiver Wes Welker, Jets guard Alan Faneca, Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins and Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter made second-team All-Pro.

The Jets had an NFL-high seven players selected to the Pro Bowl. Six Jets found their way onto All-Pro ballots, but not all of them were Pro Bowlers.

Running back Thomas Jones didn't elicit a single vote, but it's hard to generate attention at a position with MVP runners-up Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner. Quarterback Brett Favre was the other Jets Pro Bowler who didn't receive any All-Pro votes.

The other Jets who received All-Pro attention: center Nick Mangold, fullback Tony Richardson and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The division-champion Dolphins had four players with votes.

Porter finished third with 13 votes behind DeMarcus Ware's 45 and James Harrison's 38. Quarterback Chad Pennington received two votes. Guard Justin Smiley and cornerback Will Allen had one vote apiece.

While the Patriots had five position players named first-team All-Pro last year, only four others aside from Gostkowski were mentioned this year.

Welker was fourth with six votes. Randy Moss pulled one vote. Logan Mankins was fifth among guards with four votes. Rookie inside linebacker Jerod Mayo received one vote.

Only three Buffalo Bills received votes, and two of them were at kick returner (there is no separation between kickoffs and punts). Rookie kick returner Leodis McKelvin finished third with four votes. Roscoe Parrish received one vote for his punt returning skills.

The only Bills position player with votes was tackle Jason Peters with three.