There is one week remaining in the fan voting for the Pro Bowl, so we're winding town near the end of that section of the voting. Teams are making final pushes to get their fans to vote for players, and that is certainly true of the Colts.
Indy is just 6-6 this season and the usual Pro Bowl names - like quarterback Andrew Luck, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons - aren't among the names this year being considered too seriously. A few other Colts players, however, have impressed and have been receiving votes.
The NFL recently released an updated ranking of the top ten vote-getters by position, and five Colts players appear on the list. Punter Pat McAfee is the second-leading vote-getter among punters, behind only the Patriots' Ryan Allen. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is tenth among kickers, strong safety Mike Adams is third at his position, inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is fourth, and tight end Coby Fleener is seventh, according to FOX59's Mike Chappell.
McAfee made his first career Pro Bowl last year and once again is deserving of the recognition. He is third in the league with a 48.5 yards per punt average, fourth with a net of 42.8 yards per punt, and has pinned 19 punts inside the 20 yard line. Another player who deserves the recognition is kicker Adam Vinatieri, but since he is tenth and only two players at the position make it, it will likely take a strong voting from the players and coaches to get him to Hawaii. Vinatieri is just 10th in the league in field goal percentage (89.2%), but since missing his two kicks in the first two weeks, he has hit 17 in a row. He has two game-winning kicks and was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November. He has hit 10 of 11 kicks from 40+ yards (90.1%).
A couple of defensive players also make the list of the top ten vote-getters by position currently, as safety Mike Adams and inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson are both receiving quite a bit of recognition. Both made the Pro Bowl last year and both have contributed again this year. Jackson leads the league with 122 tackles and has also recorded two sacks, a forced fumble, five passes defensed, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Jackson has been criticized often by Colts fans, but he has stepped up this year and been a solid contributor for the defense. Adams has missed three games this year but has produced when he has been on the field, ranking tied for third in the league with five interceptions. He also has recorded 51 tackles, six passes defensed, and a forced fumble, while returning one of his five picks for a touchdown.
And then there's Coby Fleener, who is seventh among tight ends. Fleener has caught 43 passes this year for 372 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 8.7 yards per catch, but he hasn't been as big of a factor in the offense nor been as good as he was a year ago. There are plenty of deserving tight ends, but I don't think Coby Fleener is one of them this year.
This year's Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and it will again be an unconferenced game. The players who made the Pro Bowl will be announced on December 22, while the Pro Bowl draft will then be held on January 27. You can take advantage of the fan voting for the Pro Bowl and let your voice be heard, as there's one more week for you to be able to do so. You can vote for the Pro Bowl here.