Last night, the NFL released which players were voted to the Pro Bowl. Among those voted in were four members of the New England Patriots: Tom Brady (12th), Matthew Slater (6th), Devin McCourty (3rd), and Dont'a Hightower (1st). However, while those four were basically a given, it seemed as though a couple guys from the squad were certainly snubbed.
1. Marcus Cannon - Right Tackle
This one came as the biggest surprise to me, which is shocking given the next guy I'll mention on this list. But if one thing has been proven this year about Marcus Cannon, it's that he's pretty damn good. Especially coming off of last season, where Cannon was absolutely dismantled at Mile High in the AFC Championship game by Von Miller; Cannon has returned this year under the coaching of Dante Scarnecchia and been an absolute monster. Cannon, for starters, hasn't allowed a sack since the Patriots offense was nonexistent in a week 4 matchup vs. the Bills. A game in which the Patriots basically handed Buffalo a win with Jacoby Brissett at QB with a torn ligament in his thumb.
However, Cannon was a guy that people were calling "all hype" because he had yet to face an elite pass-rusher. All those comments were put to bed (just like the Broncos were) at Mile High, when he held Von Miller without one QB hit. Von Miller, the SB MVP who lived in the Pats backfield in the AFC Championship Game last year, never touched TB12. That's where I see it as a big surprise that Marcus Cannon got snubbed.
2. LeGarrette Blount - Running Back
Three words: Blount. Force. Trauma. What else can we say about this guy? I remember being so angry at Bill for re-signing LB29 after last season. Especially with Matt Forte being available, it seemed as though BB was going after the wrong guy. However, Blount came back in tremendous shape, moving as fast as ever, and as agile as ever. LB also is averaging 4.0 YPC and has 1,060 yards. On top of that, he has a Patriots all-time rushing record with 15 TDs through New England's first 14 games this year.
Blount has been unreal and it really came as a surprise when he was left off the squad.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Thuney and Malcolm Butler