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NFC East Preseason First-Team Selections (Offense)

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Headlined by a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, a rookie, three of the more explosive receivers in the NFL, and an o-line dominated by “America’s Team”, I present TSJ-101 NFC East first team offense.

Quarterback: Eli Manning

Last season, Manning posted career numbers with 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also had a 93.6 passer rating, to go along with 4,432 passing yards. Head coach Ben Mcadoo worked wonders for Manning and the offense last season. For all that was wrong with the Giants last year, Eli Manning was far from the problem.

RUNNING BACK: Ezekiel Elliot

He’s yet to play a down in the NFL, but Ezekiel Elliot will push for ROY honors. Elliot was a workhouse at Ohio State, and the Cowboys possess the best o-line in the NFL. With a healthy Tony Romo back in the saddle, the Cowboys will give Elliot every opportunity to be the lead back. 300+ carries is a realistic expectation. Dallas should want to keep its porous defense off the field as much as possible.

Wide Receiver: Odell Beckham Jr.

Undeniably one of the game’s biggest play-makers, “OBJ” avoided a sophomore slump with a 96 receptions, 1,450 yards, and 13 touchdowns. Beckham finished eight in catches, fifth in receiving yards, and tied for second in receiving touchdowns. His 96.7 yards per game, was good enough for third in the NFL.

Wide Receiver: Dez Bryant

2015 was a rough year for Bryant, as he battled foot, and ankle injuries. Without a healthy Romo, Dez Bryant’s numbers plummeted to 31 receptions, 401 yards, and three touchdowns. However, Dez Bryant is still one of the game’s best receivers. Through six seasons, Bryant has scored 59 touchdowns. No other active NFL player has scored more touchdowns, through his first six seasons.

Wide Receiver: Desean Jackson

The best deep threat in the game, Jackson looks to reclaim his status among the game’s elite. With a full offseason with Kirk Cousins, expect Jackson to build off his rapport, with Cousins from last year. His 11 catches of 50 plus yards are the most in the NFL over the past two seasons. His 19.2 receiving average also leads the NFL over that span.

Tight End: Jordan Reed

Easily the focal point of the Skins passing game last season, Reed shredded defenses with his size and receiving acumen. A nightmare matchup for linebackers and safeties throughout the league, Reed led Washington with 87 receptions, 952 yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Left Tackle: Tyron Smith

A top-3 player on the Cowboys roster, Smith has developed into one of the best at his position. He was a second team All-Pro selection in 2015. He was the second highest rated lineman on the year last year according to Pro Football Focus. He finished second in pass blocking and first in run blocking.

Left Guard: La’el Collins

Collins is at this spot primarily because of the sub-par play of other guards throughout the division last season. La’el Collins has the perfect temperament of a lineman, and would have been a first round pick last season; had it not been for the of field issues. The Boys’ got a steal as they signed him as a undrafted free agent. Collins overthrew vet Ron Leary for the starting job in 2015, and started 11 games.

Center: Travis Frederick

Another first rounder on the Cowboys o-line, Frederick has been one of the best centers in the league since his arrival in 2014. He made the Pro Bowl in both 14′ and 15′. Fredrick was also second team All-Pro selection the past 2 seasons.

Right Guard: Zach Martin

Had Jerry Jones gotten his wish, Johnny Manziel would be a Cowboy instead of Martin. Luckily for Jones and the Cowboys, Martin has developed into a stud. He’s made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons and was a first team All-Pro as a rookie. He was second team in 2015.

Right Tackle: Lane Johnson

Johnson has been the Eagles most consistent lineman since his arrival in 2013. In January, he received a contract extension worth $56.26 million over five years. Including a 10 million dollar signing bonus. In 2014, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the league’s second best RT. He’s only missed four games in his career, and that was due to suspension.  One of the more athletic linemen in the game, Johnson ran a 4.72 40 at the 2013 combine.