Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 NFL All-Backup Team

Throughout the course of the season, starting jobs have been in jeopardy and even taken away due to backups playing phenomenal football. The fact that backups have done so well inspired me to write this article. Here is your 2013 All-Backup Team.

Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
Josh McCown got to play a lot of ball as a starting quarterback for the Bears due to an injury that sidelined starter Jay Cutler for several weeks. McCown played phenomenal, and somehow did not lock up the starting job. I wouldn't be surprised to see McCown get a starting job next season.

Running Back:
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Although he's number-one in most of our opinions, the depth chart has had Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard at number-two all season long. Bernard is great at busting a long run when needed, and he is most likely going to get the starting job next season. Expect a lot from Bernard in the future.

Honorable Mention: Ben Tate, Houston Texans

Wide Receiver: 

Reuben Randle, New York Giants
Although there's really no such thing as a back-up wide receiver, I went with any receiver that isn't a main part of an offense. The Giants receiving-core revolves around Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The Giants expected more from a guy like Louis Murphy before the season, and Randle was the guy that broke through and became a reliable third receiver.

Honorable Mention: Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

Tight End:
Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
After coming in for the injured Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham has been tearing the joint UP! With a total of five touchdowns and over 500 yards. Graham is most effective for long gains, averaging over an amazing ten yards per-catch. If Graham doesn't split time or lock up the starting job, a trade would not be surprising.

Defensive Lineman:

Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants

For back-ups up front on defense it's not always about making a play or getting the tackle, and Kiwanuka shows that. With 31 tackles and a forced fumble this season, the veteran shows he's still able to make a play for the Giants.

Line Backer:
Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys
You probably think of Sims as a former stud and a guy that kind of just faded away which is partly true, but the intensity has not done so. Sims comes in for guys when they're injured on the Cowboys, and he is a guy who could definitely be a starter at a team with not as strong of a core around their LB's.

Defensive Back:
Dimitri Patterson, Miami Dolphins

Although he's been injured, he's still in the top-ten names for most interceptions. Patterson is a guy who has been all over (literally) in his career, signing with six different teams during the span of the last nine years. Patterson is hitting his prime and could help out a struggling secondary.

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