A year ago, three players from the New York Jets were voted to the Pro Bowl -- C Nick Mangold, LG Alan Faneca and CB Darrelle Revis. LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson and DE Shaun Ellis were later added as alternates.
They might be hard-pressed to match that number this season. We'll find out Tuesday night, when the Pro Bowl rosters are announced at 7 on the NFL Network. One man's opinion on the most deserving Jets:
• KR Brad Smith. He leads the league with a 28.6 average on kickoff returns (minimum: 30 attempts), including two touchdowns. Rex Ryan said it would be a joke if Smith is overlooked; he's right. (By the way, former Jets KR Leon Washington, now with the Seattle Seahawks, has a shot to make the NFC squad.)
• RG Brandon Moore. It's his time. After being overshadowed for years by teammates with higher profiles, Moore has emerged as the Jets' most consistent lineman. He used to be known as a run blocker, but he does everything well.
• C Nick Mangold. He hasn't been as dominant as last season, when he was named first team All-Pro, but Mangold has put together another top-shelf season. He's not a lock, but his growing reputation could help him.
• CB Antonio Cromartie. He leads the team in interceptions (three) and pass break-ups (18). During the stretch when Darrelle Revis was out/playing hurt, Cromartie covered the opponents' No. 1 receiver and did a nice job.
• LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson. He had a couple of hiccups early in the season, but he has settled down, providing outstanding blind-side protection. He has done a terrific job the last two weeks against James Harrison and Julius Peppers of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, respectively.
• CB Darrelle Revis. He missed the preseason due to his holdout, came in out of shape and promptly pulled a hamstring, yet opponents are afraid to test him -- the ultimate sign of respect. He missed two games and was limited in two others. He hasn't been as dominant as last year, and doesn't have the numbers, but his rep could carry him.