Monday, January 17, 2011

Jake Long, two Dolphins rookies honored for 2010 season

Three-time Pro Bowler Jake Long has been named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL Team for 2010 after yet another stellar performance at left tackle.

In addition, rookies guard John Jerry and linebacker Koa Misi were named to the PFW/PFWA 2010 All-Rookie Team.

A third-round pick out of Ole Miss, Jerry appeared in 12 games as a rookie, starting 10 at right guard. Second-rounder Misi opened 11 of 16 games and served as the Dolphins' starting outside linebacker opposite Cameron Wake, recording 41 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Long, who played most of the season's second half with a torn labrum in his shoulder, was the all-around best tackle in the game in 2010 with Cleveland's Joe Thomas having a down season by his standards.

Jerry and Misi, meanwhile, appear to have made the all-rookie team due to lack of other options around the league rather than their own performances. Misi was solid but unspectacular against both the run and as a pass rusher, while Jerry actually got benched for Pat McQuistan in the middle of the season for being so unproductive as a blocker.

The selections do however represent an increase in the Dolphins' presence on both teams from 2009. No Dolphin, including Long, made the PFW/PFWA All-NFL Team in 2009. Only one rookie—cornerback Vontae Davis—made their all-rookie team that year.

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