Mercifully for fans of the New York Giants, the 2017 season is almost over. So while most of us are looking over the wreckage of a season destroyed by a “perfect storm” of personnel missteps, coaching failures, and injuries, it is also time for the NFL to announce the rosters for the 2018 Pro Bowl.
In keeping with the Giants’ lost season, few were given serious consideration for the Pro Bowl. The Giants’ pool of former Pro Bowlers was severely limited by injury, with Odell Beckham Jr., Janoris Jenkins, and Dwayne Harris all being lost mid-season.
Despite all that, two Giants, Landon Collins and Evan Engram, were close to the top of the fan voting at their respective positions.
Of the two, Collins was the only Giant voted to the Pro Bowl, the second of his three-year career.
Collins was second in fan voting for strong safeties, behind only Kam Chancellor. Despite playing through much of the season with a high ankle sprain, Collins leads all defensive backs with 103 tackles and also has 2 sacks, a forced fumble, 6 passes defensed, and 2 fumble recoveries. Collins left this past Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, which could end his season.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is currently the fourth alternate defensive tackle. That should go down as yet another snub for one of the most dominant defenders in the league. Hopefully the Giants’ defensive scheme in 2018 will give him more opportunities to rush the passer and (finally) get the respect he is due.
Despite being fifth in the fan voting (third in the NFC), rookie tight end Evan Engram did not make the Pro Bowl roster. Engram is having an excellent year, with 63 catches for 710 yards and 6 touchdowns through the first 14 games — rare production for a rookie tight end.
While Engram and Harrison probably should have gotten more consideration, congratulations are in order for Collins.