If you could build an All-NFC East team for 2014, which players would you choose? Over the next few weeks, we’ll debate that and break it down, position by position. Think about which players you believe will have the best 2014 seasons. Today we focus on the interior offensive line.
Here are the candidates:
Evan Mathis, G, Eagles
Why choose him?—After bouncing around the league for six years, Mathis found a home in Philly. He was first-team All-Pro and a first-time Pro Bowler last year.
Kory Lichtensteiger, C, Redskins
Why choose him?—Perhaps undersized to be playing guard, Lichtensteiger finally is moving to his natural center position this season. He can get to the second level in the run game with the best of them.
Chris Snee, G, Giants
Why choose him?—Snee goes into his 11th NFL season after having missed 11 games last year with a hip injury. He has four Pro Bowls on his resume and one first-team All-Pro selection.
Zack Martin, G, Cowboys
Why choose him?—Nobody in Notre Dame history started more games for the Fighting Irish than Martin (52). He may be Dallas’ right tackle at some point but he will play guard as a rookie.
Jason Kelce, C, Eagles
Why choose him?—A sixth-round pick who started 16 games as a rookie in 2011, Kelce was the top-ranked center in the NFL according to the analysts at Pro Football Focus.
Travis Frederick, C, Cowboys
Why choose him?—The Cowboys received a lot of heat for taking him in the first round but they are happy with the results as they got solid play from him all year long.
Tandler’s picks—When picking the top offensive tackles in the division the dilemma was who to leave out. Here’s it’s who to put on besides Mathis, the one obvious choice. I’ll go with Frederick at center over Kelce; I think the Dallas center has more natural ability and it will show in his second year on the job. The other guard spot goes to Martin by default as it’s hard to put much stock in Snee bouncing back from a hip injury at age 32.
Your pick—Let us know who your All-NFC East interior O-linemen are by hitting the poll and then defending your pick in the comments.
Monday: We make our picks for the all-division outside linebackers.