Martez Carter, RB, Grambling — After rushing for 854 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, Carter was impressive at the NFLPA Bowl. He ran for 45 yards on 10 carries, displaying power despite a 5-9, 205-pound frame. He has great balance with a low center of gravity. He also showed off quick feet and adept hands while catching the ball out of the backfield. Carter ran for 2,628 yards and 29 touchdowns and caught 74 passes for 961 yards and nine scores over his college career.
Steven Dunbar, WR, Houston — The 6-3, 202-pound Dunbar had a productive college career with 180 catches for 2,430 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had a great week of practice at the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, showing off superb hands. He caught three passes for 52 yards, including an athletic touchdown to lift the West to a 14-10 win.
Now established as one of the league’s best tackles, Johnson was key for an Eagles team that lost left tackle Jason Peters to an injury during the season.
The middle man on the Vikings’ defensive front has been an absolute force against the run in 2017. The eighth-year defensive tackle is one of the best in the business in that regard.
The 30-year-old safety, who’s in his ninth NFL season (fourth with the Eagles), was selected to just his second Pro Bowl in 2017, but he certainly earned it. Jenkins added a couple interceptions, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 57 tackles to his career totals.
Bill Belichick was outmaneuvered by Adam Gase. Tom Brady was outplayed by Jay Cutler. Nothing was very Patriot-like for the Patriots on Monday night in Miami and they suffered their nearly annual loss there. But it really makes little difference in the big picture. If the Patriots go to Pittsburgh and win Sunday, they will leapfrog the Steelers for the top seed in the AFC playoffs based on the head-to-head victory.