With the end of the year comes various awards, nominations, power rankings and All-[insert whatever you like] teams. First up here in 2014 is ESPN's annual All-Division teams, including, of course, the All-NFC East Team which features four members of the New York Giants — all four coming on the defensive side of the ball.
This year's All-NFC East Team was voted on by four ESPN writers, each covering a specified team within the division. Those writers were Dan Graziano (New York), Todd Archer (Dallas), Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia) and John Keim (Washington). And after tallying their votes, the following Giants made it onto the aforementioned All-NFC East Team.
Given the Giants' remarkable offensive struggles, it should come as no real surprise they were blanked this year. As Graziano points out, only wide receiver Victor Cruz was worthy of consideration, but even he fell well short of his goals and projected production. Accordingly, he and the rest of the offense were deservedly left off this list.
On the defensive side of the ball, It is interesting that Jenkins would be voted onto the All-NFC East Team, but not Linval Joseph, who is arguably the better all-around defensive tackle.
Tuck, with his 11 sacks and strong finish to the season, was worthy of being named a starting defensive end and should have earned a spot on a Pro Bowl roster. The same can be said for safety Antrel Rolle, who was arguably the team MVP. Meanwhile, Hill, despite his off-field problems, was quite a force on the football field and has begun to receive recognition around the league — including from Pro Football Focus, who rated him quite highly despite being suspended for the first four games of the season.
As the offseason moves along, expect several more All-Whatever Teams to be announced, but don't get your hopes up over the possibility of an offensive player being named.
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