ESPN names 5 Dolphins to 'All AFC East' team

Mike Ehrmann

ESPN released their All-Division teams for the 2013 NFL season. Included on the All AFC East team were five Miami Dolphins players.

The NFL's 2013 regular season is complete, with end-of-year reviews happening, even as the league prepares for the Playoffs, starting this weekend. One of those reviews is the All-Division teams released by ESPN this morning. For the Miami Dolphins, the All AFC-East team featured five players from the team.

On offense, receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace were both selected. Hartline reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the second straight season this year, before leaving the team's final game with a torn PCL in his knee. Wallace caught 73 receptions for 930 yards, an average of 12.7 yards per reception in his first year in the AFC East. The two are joined by New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman to round out the position.

Dolphins tight end Charles Clay also was selected to the AFC East team, the only tight end to be selected. He caught 69 passes for 759 yards and taem high six touchdowns this year. He also ran for one touchdown out of the fullback position.

Only one Dolphins player was selected by ESPN for the All AFC East team's defense, cornerback Brent Grimes. Grimes joined the Dolphins this year on a one-year contract after tearing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the 2012 season with the Atlanta Falcons. He recorded four interceptions this season.

The fifth member of the All AFC East team, according to ESPN, for Miami was punter Brandon Fields, who was second in the NFL this year with a 48.8 yards per punt average and was second in the league in net punt average (42.4 yards). Fields was fourth in punts inside the 20, with 33, two behind league leaders Dave Zastudil of the Arizona Cardinals and Dustin Colquitt of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Not selected to the list were center Mike Pouncey and defensive end Cameron Wake, both of whom were named to the Pro Bowl this year. Wake finished the season with 8.5 sacks while Pouncey was graded as the best center in the Division this year, according to Pro Football Focus.

Also snubbed from the list was defensive end Olivier Vernon, who finished the season with 11.5 sacks, tied for seventh most in the NFL. Rather than Wake and Vernon, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (13 sacks) and the New England Patriots' Chandler Jones (11.5 sacks) were selected to the list. While both Wake and Vernon are worthy of the list, it's hard to argue that either one of them should replace Williams or Jones.

What do you think of the list?

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