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Dr. Z's All-Pro Notebook
Paul Zimmerman
November 10, 2008
Halfway through '08, some spots are almost locked up, others wide-open
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November 10, 2008

Dr. Z's All-pro Notebook

Halfway through '08, some spots are almost locked up, others wide-open

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OFFENSE

QB—Drew Brees (Saints) is running away with it, with almost 500 more passing yards than his closest pursuer.

RB—Last year's rookie phenom, Adrian Peterson, has been slowed by a bad hamstring, leaving the field to Clinton Portis (Redskins). No one plays with more emotion than Marion Barber (Cowboys), who could slip in here if he starts piling up yards.

FB—The importance of this position keeps diminishing, but every now and then a fullback is thrust into a runner's role to devastating effect. Le'Ron McClain (Ravens) was a 260-pound wrecking ball against Pittsburgh in Week 4.

WR—The clear stickout is Andre Johnson (Texans), who keeps putting up 100-yard days (four in a row October). Brandon Marshall (Broncos) grabbed 18 passes against the Chargers.

TE—No one's close to Jason Witten (Cowboys), but he'll have to hold up under the terrible beatings he takes. I do enjoy watching Marcedes Lewis (Jaguars) putting DEs on their backs with his blocks.

T—Jordan Gross (Panthers), whom I once picked as an RT, is thriving on the left side. Michael Roos (Titans) is an LT standout on one of the best OLs, and Marc Colombo (Cowboys) has fully realized his mean streak on the right side.

G—Last year Pete Kendall (Redskins) was great in the early going but then faded. Now he's great again. Chris Snee (Giants) is a hard-nosed mauler on a quality unit.

C—I like quick guys at the position, which is why Tom Nalen practically had a permanent berth on my squad. Ryan Kalil (Panthers) is a worthy successor. I like Nick Mangold (Jets) better than all of New York's high-priced OL imports.

DEFENSE

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