The Cardinals continue to do well in Pro Bowl voting (which you can do yourself by clicking here or going to azcardinals.com/probowl. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has dropped out of the overall top 10, but quarterback Carson Palmer remains there, seventh overall and the fifth quarterback. Fitzgerald is now fourth among wide receivers, behind Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones.
The top Cardinal at a position remains free safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is still second among his position, 14,000 votes or so behind Carolina’s Kurt Coleman (the Panthers have a fanbase dedicated to the voting; they rank high at most positions.) The other Cardinals ranked in the top 10 at their respective positions:
— RB Chris Johnson is fifth.
— Mike Iupati fell to sixth among guards.
— DT Calais Campbell is fifth.
— CB Patrick Peterson is fourth.
— Rashad Johnson is sixth and Deone Bucannon is eighth among strong safeties.
— David Johnson is 10th among kick returners.
— Justin Bethel is fourth for special teamers.
Pro Bowl voting continues through Dec. 15.
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The first round of Pro Bowl voting results were announced this week. There aren’t a lot of Cardinals who have cracked the top 10 at their respective positions, but Patrick Peterson is second among cornerbacks (trailing only Seattle’s Richard Sherman) although he is only 56 votes ahead of New England’s Aqib Talib (when both have more than 189,000) right now.
The voting this year is different than in year’s past, since the Pro Bowl is going to be “unconferenced” and players chosen will be picked by captains for the game after the season. So instead of having the top five NFC and top five AFC vote-getters on the list each week, there is now the top 10.
The other Cardinals appearing in the top 10 at their respective positions:
— Darnell Dockett is ninth among defensive tackles with 78,308 votes (leader: K.C.’s Dontari Poe with 181,342 votes)
— Karlos Dansby is eighth among inside linebackers with 64,091 votes (Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso, 188,153)
— Tyrann Mathieu — despite not getting on the ballot until after he was made a starter — is 10th among free safeties with 22,100 votes (Seattle’s Earl Thomas, 195,586)
— Justin Bethel is eighth among special teamers with 27,649 votes (Denver’s David Bruton, 75,118)
Not surprising but still jarring: Not seeing Larry Fitzgerald among the top 10 in the NFL at wide receiver.
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The Pro Bowl voting is over for the fans, which counts toward one-third of trying to assemble the rosters. The other two-thirds, from the voting of players and coaches, takes place today for the Cardinals.
The Cards will need some help on that end. Only two players ended up in the top five of fan voting at their respective positions in the NFC. Linebacker Daryl Washington, with 159,407 votes, was third among NFC inside linebackers behind the San Francisco tandem of Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman. Cornerback Patrick Peterson was fourth among NFC cornerbacks with 154,736 votes, behind the Bears’ duo of Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman and Seattle’s Richard Sherman (although I was reminded by someone via Twitter that if Sherman fails his appeal on his PED suspension, that also means he can’t play in the Pro Bowl.)
No sign of defensive end Calais Campbell or safety Kerry Rhodes among the top five. And while it isn’t surprising given how this year has gone, it’s depressing to see that Larry Fitzgerald isn’t among the wide receivers. No one can argue he should be in there, but no one can argue he isn’t one of the top five receivers in the NFC either.
The Pro Bowl rosters are going to be announced Dec. 26.
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The struggles to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball and for Patrick Peterson to break loose — not to mention the Cards’ struggle to win a game — seem to be reflected in the latest Pro Bowl balloting. Both Fitz and Peterson were among the top five in their positions the last time voting was noted. This time around, both have dropped out of the top five in the NFC at their respective positions. Only linebacker Daryl Washington remains on the list, at third for inside linebackers behind the 49ers’ Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Voting continues right here, and is ongoing through Dec. 17.
— For those wondering about former Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer now, here’s an interesting story from the New York Times. Jake wanted to escape the NFL limelight when he left the game. Now, apparently, he wants back in.
Tags: Bobby Massie, Daryl Washington, Jake Plummer, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Pro Bowl voting
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As Pro Bowl voting continues, the folks over at profootballfocus.com are prompting readers to pick three Cardinals as Pro Bowl worthy. Two are the same as their last list, with linebacker Daryl Washington and defensive end Calais Campbell getting the nod. The third was safety Kerry Rhodes, who has been having a solid bounce-back season after injuries wrecked 2011. Rhodes had an interception in Atlanta this past weekend.
— Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, after his 127 yards rushing in Atlanta, is up for the FedEx Ground player of the week. You can vote here until Friday. He’s up against the Bengals’ Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis and the Buccaneers’ Doug Martin.
— Speaking of Stephens-Howling, he will be the guest on the Thanksgiving week edition of Kerry Rhodes’ Big Red Rage, which will be held Wednesday night because of the holiday. The show starts at 6 p.m. as usual at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler.
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The initial Pro Bowl voting totals are out — voting runs through Dec. 17 — and three Cards appear in the top five at their positions in the NFC.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is fifth among NFC wideouts, with 105,743 votes. He trails the Giants’ Victor Cruz (257,016), the Bears’ Brandon Marshall (153,574), the Vikings’ Percy Harvin (144,978) and the Lions’ Calvin Johnson (118,454). That’s going to be a tough lineup to crack, especially if Fitz can’t make a strong second half statistical push.
Inside linebacker Daryl Washington (69,757) is second, trailing the 49ers’ Patrick Willis (91,609) and with only a slight lead on the 49ers’ NaVorro Bowman (67,024).
Meanwhile, Patrick Peterson is fourth among NFC cornerbacks (57,537 votes), trailing the Bears’ Tim Jennings (116,347), the Bears’ Charles Tillman (80,604) and the Rams’ Cortland Finnegan (73,201).
Fans can vote by clicking here. The Cards could help themselves by generating a few wins, too. The final Pro Bowl rosters are selected by giving one-third weight to the fan vote, the coaches’ vote and the players’ vote.
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OK, maybe not quite all of America, but hey, in the spirit of the election season and in the spirit of getting some Cardinals to the Pro Bowl, it’s time to vote. You can go here to vote, but if you are truly a concerned citizen, you can do so much more.
For instance, you can sport one of the election buttons seen below. Fans can get them at tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game outside Gate 2 at the brand-new Cardinals #FanVan — and this thing is impressive in its own right — or inside the stadium at season-ticket tables. Fair warning: Supplies are limited. More will be available in coming weeks at various Cardinals events and this coming Sunday at Tom’s Tavern downtown when the Cardinals are in Green Bay to play the Packers.
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It’s 49ers week. In case you weren’t sure, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell grabbed everyone’s attention with his Sirius XM NFL interview today during the “Moving the Chains” show.
“I really felt I could have had four sacks last week (against the Vikings) and I had zero. I have to make up for that this week, especially against the 49ers, who I really hate with a passion,” Campbell said.
Surprising? No. But here we go.
“Alex Smith I have gotten him down a few times. I know he’s thinking about me a little bit,” Campbell said, and when one of the hosts mentioned that the 49ers didn’t like Campbell and the Cardinals either, Campbell said “That’s the way it is. That’s cool.”
“It’s a rival game. You’re not supposed to like each other. Off the field I don’t have anything against anybody. But on that field, come Monday night, it’s on and crackin’.”
Campbell chuckled when it was mentioned the 49ers don’t like Darnell Dockett even more. “He’s ready,” Campbell said. “He’s probably the person who hates the 49ers more than anybody on our team. Literally, when (the Niners) are playing anybody else, he’s talking trash about every single one of them every game they are playing. He hates them with a passion.”
Dockett has talked about this in the past, but my guess — because, for instance, my San Fran colleague Matt Barrows already noticed this interview too — is that the Niners are going to notice Campbell’s words. Not that they reveal anything surprising. That’s how it’s gone between these teams.
— The Cardinals made a practice squad move Tuesday, bringing back cornerback Crezdon Butler — who was re-signed for one game and active against the Bills — and releasing cornerback Greg McCoy.
— It’s time to vote. No, no, none of this Presidential stuff. It’s the Pro Bowl voting, which is of course much, much more important than picking the leader of the free world. Daryl Washington approved this message. Here’s the ballot.
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Fan voting is only a third of the Pro Bowl equation, and ultimately, the coaches and players seem to have a larger say. But as of now, seven Cards rank in the top five at their positions in the voting, including a pair of players that are tops at their respective positions: WR Larry Fitzgerald and SS Adrian Wilson.
The good news is two new players have entered the fray since the last time I saw the totals: Kurt Warner, who is now fourth among quarterbacks, and Ben Graham, fifth among punters (but, as I have said, deserves the punting spot). Antrel Rolle dropped from second to third among free safeties, while CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and DT Darnell Dockett remain fourth at their positions (Dockett has to move up, right?).
Of course, anyone who wants to vote can do it right here.
Speaking of voting, while LaRod Stephens-Howling already won the NFC special teams award this week, the Hyphen is also up for the Pepsi rookie of the week award, and that’s strictly based on this fan vote right here.
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