Victor Cruz is the top NFC wide receiver in early Pro Bowl voting, and one of only two in the league to crack the top ten of overall voting with about three weeks left.
The NFL released fan voting numbers Wednesday, revealing Cruz in line to earn the fan vote from his conference with 352,611 votes. That was good for tenth among all players at all positions in both leagues, and amongst wide receivers, only A.J. Green placed higher.
Cruz is far from the top receiver statistically this season -- he's 13th in the NFL in yards, although his eight touchdown grabs put him in a six-way tie for second amongst receivers -- but the third-year receiver out of Massachusetts has become widely popular after his breakout season last year. Cruz was an all-Pro last year for his 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns just a year after his rookie season, when he recorded no catches. He's not on pace to register that many yards, but has almost reached his nine touchdowns from last year with six games to go.
Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total in who the league sends to its annual all-star game, which will be held in Honolulu a week before the Super Bowl. Voting by the players and coaches will also decide who goes to the game.