FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez continue to lead in the Pro Bowl voting with 346,225 and 273,821 votes, respectively.
The Falcons have started a “Rock the Vote” campaign for the Pro Bowl fan voting.
The team is encouraging fans to support their players by voting for the NFL’s all-star game, which will be played Jan. 30 in Hawaii. Fans can vote on NFL.com/ProBowl.
Fan voting concludes Dec. 20.
In the weekly press release, the Falcons are touting White, Gonzalez, defensive John Abraham, quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner, kicker Matt Bryant and linebacker Curtis Lofton.
Fullback Ovie Mughelli and Eric Weems likely will be added to the campaign and possibly defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux. Veteran Todd McClure should get some consideration, too. If the skill guys get in, they need to fly the linemen out there, too.
White believes Weems should be getting some consideration for the Pro Bowl as the top special-teams player in the NFC.
“He’s done a terrific job of just going down there and making plays,” White said.
Here’s the case for the other players:
DE John Abraham
Through 11 games DE John Abraham has already surpassed the number of sacks he posted during the 2009 season. In Week 11, Abraham collared one sack for a loss of three yards bringing his total to nine and forced one fumble. Abraham now has 98.5 career sacks. His nine
sacks this season have totaled 61 negative yards for opponents. He has also posted 29 total tackles (26 solo).
QB Matt Ryan
In his third season, QB Matt Ryan has put up impressive numbers through his first 12 games. Ryan has thrown 21 touchdown passes against five interceptions this season. He has completed 280 of 441 pass attempts for a 63.4 completion percentage. Ryan posted a career-high 85.7 completion percentage in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers. He has thrown for an impressive 2,920 yards and has posted a 91.8 passer rating thus far.
TE Tony Gonzalez
The future Hall of Fame Tight End has made a case for another Pro Bowl nod through the first 12 games of the season. Gonzalez has racked up a total of 537 yards on 54 receptions. He has also notched four touchdowns through the first 13 weeks of 2010. His best performance came in the Week 3 win over Division rival New Orleans. Gonzalez posted 110 yards on eight receptions. He also had a season-high with two touchdown receptions in a Week 6 loss at Philadelphia.
RB Michael Turner
In his third season in the Falcons offense, RB Michael Turner has found his rhythm once again. Turner has rushed for 1,062 yards on 247 carries with eight touchdowns. His best performance of the season came in a Week 5 victory over the Cleveland Browns as Turner racked up a 140 yards. Turner has recorded six 100-yard rushing games in 2010, including four of his last six games.
LB Curtis Lofton
LB Curtis Lofton has made a lasting impression in the first 12 games of his third season. Lofton has collared a team- high 114 total tackles (84 solo). The middle linebacker has also notched two sacks for a total loss of 16 yards. He recorded his first career interception and one sack in a Week 4 win over the 49ers. Lofton also has also forced three fumbles this season.
K Matt Bryant
Falcons K Matt Bryant has been calm under pressure in 2010. Bryant has kicked three game-winning field goals through the first 13 weeks, including a 47-yarder in Atlanta’s Week 12 win over the Packers. Bryant has made 24 of 27 field goal attempts, which is tied for second in the League and his 102 points rank second in the NFL. Additionally, Bryant is a perfect nine of nine from 29-yards or less.
WR Roddy White
WR Roddy White has put together a Pro Bowl worthy performance through 12 games in 2010. The sixth-year wideout leads the League in receptions and sits atop the NFC in receiving yards. He has hauled in a career-high 91 receptions for 1,142 yards and seven touchdowns, and is averaging 12.5 yards per catch. White has had five 100-plus-yard receiving games so far in 2010 and three games with 10-or-more receptions. White became the 12threceiver in NFL history to post four consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards. He is also onpace to break his own franchise record of 1,382 receiving yards, which he set 2008.
RYAN’S PROJECTED TOTALS
Cmp. Att. Yds. TDs
373 588 3,893 28
GONZALEZ’S PROJECTED TOTALS
Rec. Avg. Yds. TDs
72 9.9 716 5
TURNER’S PROJECTED TOTALS
Att. Avg. Yds. TDs
329 4.3 1,416 11
WHITE’s PROJECTED TOTALS
Rec. Avg. Yds. TDs
121 12.6 1,520 9
BRYANT’S PROJECTED TOTALS
FGM FGA XPM PTS
32 36 40 136
ABRAHAM’S PROJECTED TOTALS
Tkl Sks TFL PD
39 12 14 4
LOFTON’S PROJECTED TOTALS
Tkl. Sks TFL FF
152 3 5 4
–D. Orlando Ledbetter