All-NFC East: Who are the best safeties?

All-NFC East: Who are the best safeties?
June 12, 2014, 9:30 am
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Who's the best safety in the NFC East?

If you could build an All-NFC East team for 2014, which players would you choose? Over the next few weeks, we’ll discuss the candidates and break it down, position-by-position.

Today, we’re debating safeties—a mostly unimpressive group in this division. Anyway, here are your options:

Barry Church, Cowboys

Why choose him?

Despite starting for the NFL’s worst defense in 2013, Church had a decent season individually. The 26-year-old recorded a team-leading 135 combined tackles, six pass breakups and an interception. He also forced three fumbles, taking one back for a touchdown.

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Ryan Clark, Redskins

Why choose him?

He’s notched 100-plus tackles each of the past three seasons and averaged two picks over the past five seasons. He’s a pro’s pro. He’s a leader. But he’s also due to turn 35 in Oct. If he’s got something left in the tank, he could provide the Redskins’ secondary with a much-needed boost.

Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles

Why choose him?

He’s smart, hard-working and can play both free and strong safety. Last season in New Orleans, the 26-year-old registered 68 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. But can Jenkins turn around an Eagles’ pass defense that ranked 32nd last season? Chip Kelly sure hopes so.

Brandon Meriweather, Redskins

Why choose him?

A hard-hitter whose tactics occasionally land him in trouble with the NFL.  The 30-year-old notched 69 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 games last season. But the question entering his third season in Washington is this: Now that he’s completely healthy, can he approach the form that earned him back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances in 2009 and 2010?

Antrel Rolle, Giants

Why choose him?

Undoubtedly the top safety in the division, Rolle was voted the 72nd best player in football by his peers on the NFL’s Top 100 players of 2014 list. Last season, the 31-year-old posted career highs in tackles (98), interceptions (6) and sacks (2). And he’ll likely have to do even more this season after former Giants safety Will Hill was cut following a third failed drug test.

El-Bashir’s picks: Overall, it’s an admittedly ordinary group. But I'm going to go with Rolle (because he’s the best of the lot) and Clark (although I do wonder how much he’s got left).

Your picks: Let us know whom you would choose as your All-NFC East outside safeties in the comment section. If you feel we have forgotten someone, we will consider write-in candidates.

Tomorrow: Running backs.