Inside The Bills

Why Bills had just one Pro Bowl player

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2008 – 9:53 pm

If you want to know why there weren’t more Pro Bowl representatives from the Bills roster here are some of my theories. Some are obvious and some a little less so. But here are some of the more likely candidates and why they failed to make the cut.

Aaron Schobel’s situation is pretty clear cut. He suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 4 that forced him to miss eight straight games before he was eventually placed on injured reserve last week with just one sack to his credit.

Two-time Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman is having a solid season, but there are other AFC punters with better numbers this year. With punters, numbers are often used as the primary criteria.

Lee Evans was building a good case for himself early in the season, but when the offense went south with turnovers, so did Evans’ opportunities to make things happen. Buffalo’s top wideout hasn’t scored a touchdown since Oct. 19.

Buffalo’s most promising candidates appeared to be running back Marshawn Lynch along with returners Leodis McKelvin and Roscoe Parrish.

Lynch ranks fourth in the AFC in rushing with 1,002 yards and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Perhaps the only problme was the production most were used to seeing from him came a little too late in the season to be fully appreciated.

McKelvin burst onto the national stage with his 98-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Browns on Monday night football, and leads the AFC in kick return average with a mark of 29.3. He too may be a victim of showing up late to the party.

Parrish meanwhile is leading the league for a second straight season in punt return average with a 15.3 mark through 14 games. Why he was not given more consideration is puzzling to say the least.


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