With the Pro Bowl comes a long list of snubs — or players who deserved to get selected but were surprisingly passed on. Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is one of those players, and he's likely the biggest snub of all.
He's in the midst of having the best season of his young career despite the Dolphins being a massive disappointment and struggling mightily on both sides of the ball. It's overshadowed Jones' outstanding numbers in 2015, and it likely cost him yet another Pro Bowl bid.
This year, Jones has recorded 124 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks, two touchdowns and nine passes defensed — all career-highs. That's not even the most shocking part, though. He leads all safeties in tackles, is the only player at his position to have two pick-sixes, and is tied for third among safeties with five interceptions.
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There's arguably no safety with more eye-popping numbers than Jones, which is exactly why he deserves to be in Hawaii. His teammate Mike Pouncey was selected, and he believes Jones should have been, too. In fact, Pouncey thinks he's the best safety in the league.
“I feel so bad for Reshad,” Pouncey said via the Palm Beach Post. “I felt like, and I know, that he’s the best safety in the NFL. For him not to make it is very disappointing. I told him when I got off the phone with him earlier that I wish I could give him my Pro Bowl nod because I feel like he’s a guy that deserves it more than any guy on our football team and any guy throughout the NFL the way he’s played.”
Jones will have to wait until next season to put his name on the map nationally. Fan votes weren't enough to get him to Hawaii, but player and coaches votes should have gotten the job done. He's still young despite being in the league for six seasons, so there's time for him to make his first Pro Bowl. But this should have been his year, and it's hard to believe him putting up better numbers in the future.