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Jennings the leading Pro Bowl vote-getter at cornerback

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Jennings the leading Pro Bowl vote-getter at cornerback

Tim Jennings has missed the last two games, but fans didn't hold it against him.
The NFL released its top vote-getters at each position this afternoon, and Jennings led the way for NFC cornerbacks with more than 312,000 votes.
Despite missing the last two weeks with a shoulder injury, Jennings still leads the NFL with eight interceptions. He has picked off a pass in five games, including three multi-takeaway performances.
The seven-year pro got off to a hot start in 2012, intercepting four passes through the first three weeks, including two off Andrew Luck and another off Aaron Rodgers. His September accomplishments earned him the Defensive Player of the Month award.
Jennings was likely helped out by the presence of Charles Tillman, who early in the season was a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. He won the Defensive Player of the Month award in October after intercepting two passes, returning both for touchdowns, and forcing two fumbles. There's a chance Tillman could join Jennings in the defensive backfield when the full rosters are announced next week.
The rest of the NFC North was well-represented on the list of leading vote-getters, as Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, John Kuhn. Jeff Saturday, Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson all were ranked at the top of their positions. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen were the highest-ranked running back and defensive end, respectively. The Lions did not receive a top vote-getter, as New York's Victor Cruz beat out Calvin Johnson at wide receiver.
Brandon Marshall, Henry Melton, Lance Briggs and Robbie Gould are likely to be in the discussion for the final Pro Bowl roster. Players on teams competing in the Super Bowl are not eligible, so perhaps this will be a moot point if Chicago can make an unlikely run.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

Did Manny Machado’s value take a hit at all after he openly admitted hustling isn’t his “cup of tea”? Our Cubs team (David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson) debate that, plus the potential fit of Machado or Bryce Harper for the 2019 Cubs and beyond.

The crew also runs down the top items on the Cubs’ offseason wish list – ranging from bullpen help to infield depth to a set leadoff hitter – in what may be the most impactful winter in Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago.

Listen to the podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: