Pro Bowl snubs abound, as usual

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With the Pro Bowl rosters unveiled, the next question is which players should have made it. Here are some of the names that come to mind, based on consultations with and among the PFT staff.

At quarterback, it’s hard to supplant any of the six guys who made it (Tom Brady, Patriots; Andrew Luck, Colts; Peyton Manning, Broncos; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; Tony Romo, Cowboys), but Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson have reason to be a little bit miffed.

At running back, the spot that went to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could have/should have gone to Packers running back Eddie Lacy, or possibly to Ravens running back Justin Forsett.

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders (95 catches, 1,331 yards), Lions receiver Golden Tate (96 catches, 1,286 yards) had better numbers than Dez Bryant, but Bryant has a much greater impact on the opposition and game planning.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned a spot based on reputation.  From a pass-catching and blocking standpoint, Titans tight end Delanie Walker deserved it more than Graham. Bears tight Martellus Bennett also had more catches and yards than Graham.  Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had plenty of clutch catches.

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson had a better year that Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe. Our resident North Carolinian Darin Gantt, who covered the Panthers for 14 years before joining PFT, believes Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had a better year than Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

At cornerback, Orlando Scandrick of the Cowboys and Antonio Cromartie of the Cardinals arguably had better years than Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Agree?  Disagree?  Spot other snubs?  Share your thoughts below.

169 responses to “Pro Bowl snubs abound, as usual

  1. Wow no way Jommy Graham deserves a spot over walker or gates. Lacy should be there as well as forsett… Possibly hill…and no reason rivers isn’t there. Rothlisberger had 2 amazing games but was avg the rest of year.

  2. Did they change the Pro bowl or left it like it was. Before the Superbowl? If so no Dallas Cowboys will be participating in it. We have another game to prepare for. #finishthefight #amerciasteam #WeareWinningtheSuperbowl #NFCeastChampions #PlayoffTeamsHaveItBetterThanThe49ers

  3. Adam Jones about to do something that hasn’t been done in decades and he isn’t a PB return specialist? LT Andrew Whitworth has not missed a game and has given up zero sacks and zero QB hurries but that isn’t PB? Then we all know what the * PB is.

  4. Russell Wilson does not deserve recognition – on almost all passes he throws away are intentional grounding calls – he is so consistent at this that he should be flagged on every incomplete pass made under pressure. He is an unethical player who is way overrated.

    How did the Pittsburgh Rusty Nail girl friend beater QB make the pro bowl. He had two good games amidst mediocre ones.

  5. This is a popularity contest and has little to do with performance. Not that it matters much anyway. At least 20 guys will have an owie or a previously scheduled appointment to rearrange their socks drawer. It will be down to 3rd string scrubs in no time.

  6. Add Russell Wilson’s rushing yards and touchdowns to his passing numbers and he’s right up there. He’s a “you gotta see it to understand” player. Personally I’d put him over romo and luck but I understand why he didn’t make it. Luck had a good first half of the season and romo had a good last half. It really doesn’t matter though he’s going to be busy getting ready for the Super Bowl that week anyways.

  7. Mike, I believe Scandrick was informed after his reinstatement from suspension he could not qualify for the Pro Bowl because of his suspension.. according to the writers of Dallascowboys.com

  8. The only QB that Wilson may supplant would be Luck. Based on his running (15th overall in the NFL) and Rush Td’s (tied for 15 in League) along with his effectiveness, efficiency and only 6 ints, he is a better choice than Luck. The fact that he beat Brady, Manning and Rodgers this season as well might be a selling point.

  9. Lavonte David, who is second in the NFL in tackles even though he’s missed a game and a half, but he’s on the Bucs and they only have two wins, so maybe next season.

  10. Kahlil Mack for sure, he ranked extremely high for the entire league. Odel Beckham, Jr. (although most of his success probably came too late into the season to get enough votes) And Charles Woodson comes to mind. His stat’s are pretty darn good, and his impact on that team has certainatly been Pro-Bowl worthy.

  11. Forsett lead the league in yards per carry, but wasn’t the explosive homerun threat that most are. He had a great season and is deserving of his alternate spot.

    As far as Rivers goes, while he had some great games, he had too many mishaps. Playoff teams have Pro Bowl quarterbacks.

    Patrick Peterson was a huge disappointment this year. How did he get voted in?

    Nice to see Jeremy Hill getting what he deserves. Great year by a good young athlete.

  12. Tannehill has had a good year, can’t argue with luck Brady and Manning, should be a fill in though, and juwann “the reach”James should be in as a rookie, was playing excellent at right and left tackle, that’s a shame he didn’t get the recognition, going to be good for a long time.

  13. Desmond trufant, CB for the Falcons is the best player on the team besides Julio Jones. He’s much better than Peterson. He maybe even better than Sherman.

  14. Forgot about LB DeAndre Levy from Lions. Guy plays from sideline to sideline and makes tackles for loss.

  15. Sheldon Richardson was robbed. I know hating the Jets is popular and all, but the kid had a great year, and he deserved a mention, regardless of his team.

  16. It is tough for rookies to get Pro Bowl recognition. Extra-tough if they are at unglamorous positions like guard. And especially tough if they play for a bad team.

    That said, Joel Bitonio might have been the best guard in the entire league. He CRUSHED people all season. Don’t believe me? Watch the film.

    Zach Martin had a great season and looks to be a stud. But if you compare their play this season, Bitonio had the better year. Evans, Long, and Sitton also were very, very good. But not as good at Bitonio. Neither Iupati nor Yanda played up to their previous standards. Both got in solely on their reps. NONE of those guys had a better year than Bitonio.

  17. Ask any Panther fan, Thomas Davis is the heart and soul of that team. He is without a doubt one of the best football players in the league; he belongs in the Pro-Bowl once again.

  18. Scandrick has been playing at a high level for the past two years. He didn’t have any help last year, that hurt him, but he’s been the Cowboys lockdown cb for a while now and deserved a pro bowl nod.

  19. Why would anyone think Eddie Lacy, who is supported by the best passer in the NFL, is a better RB and more deserving than Jamaal Charles, who carries his team.

  20. Definitely think the Bengals Adam Jones got snubbed as kick returner. How come two players from the NFC (Sproles, Hester) got selected?

  21. Odell Beckham put up Pro Bowl numbers in only 11 games. AJ Green and Megatron make it due to name recognition. OBJ had more yards, tds, yards per game, tds per game, more receptions, more big plays. Ridiculous! If you take his averages over 15 games instead of 11 then he ranks above every reciever in yards, is only behind Antonio Brown in receptions and crushes them all in TDs. BS!

  22. Pretty much says it. As a fins fan I would have liked to see Satele make it. He had a good year for a “washed up” vet that no one wanted. I always look at ol and dl for snubs.

  23. Luck second in the league in turnovers, but continuing to get a pass while only beating bad teams. Makes sense. Seattle strongest SOR/SOV, but Russ is “just a game manager.”

    Sure, coach.

  24. Fletcher Cox is a freaking 6th team alternate, yet McCoy sucked pretty badly and still made the Pro Bowl. Anyone that actually voted McCoy in probably also voted for Jeff Saturday and Champ Bailey.

  25. As a Raider Fan the biggest snubs going are K-Mack and FHOF Charles Woodson….come on….this is a travesty! Reece gets in and he hasn’t even had that great of a year by his standards…..the entire process is pure BS!

  26. Jeremy Hill 5yrds per carry and over 1,000yds and backup to Gio Bernard the first 5 games of year

  27. Joel Bitinio Guard Cleveland. Hiis guy is tough, never gives up on plays and transitioned from Tackle to Guard beautifully.

  28. The spot that went to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles couldn’t have gone to Packers running back Eddie Lacy because they play in different conferences.

  29. As a saints fan none of the players that made the pro bowl deserved. Jahri Evans is a great guard but they all played subpar this year and deserve no recognition. The 1 player that deserved it and goes completely unnoticed is Keenan lewis. He’s a legit hands down shutdown cb. The pro bowl is an absolute joke. It’s a popularity contest and they just need to get rid of the entire deal.

  30. Agree completely on Russell Wilson.

    But it really doesn’t bother me too much for 2 reasons:

    1. It’s a popularity contest. I’m more concerned with “all-pro” status.

    2. The Seahawks invitees and “snubs” will all be practicing that week for a game on Feb. 1st so they would be unavailable to partake anyways.

    Go Hawks.

  31. I don’t understand why Tom Brady continues to be voted into the Pro Bowl. He never goes. He doesn’t care. Stop voting for him.

  32. Don’t understand how DeAndre Levy can lead the league in solo tackles (3rd overall) and gets nothing. Sucks when you quietly do your job consistently and don’t get recognized. Last year he led line backers in picks too and got nothing. Even Golden Tate got snubbed with consistently making something out of nothing (most YAC). Hopefully the Lions players make noise in the play-offs so some of these players get some respect.

  33. It is a meaningless popularity contest, but just to chime in, Hightower had a much better year than Kuechly or Timmons. I get Kuechly on his rep and body of work. But Timmons? Hightower is young, he and Jamie Collins will get their shot.

  34. Drew Brees? Ha. Maybe next year. I’d go as far as saying Derek Carr deserved a spot more than Brees.
    Manny Sanders, Tate, and some rookies deserved a spot. At least Beckham Jr.
    Jimmy sucks. Im glad Greg Olsen got finally a pro bowl.
    Even some KC fans say that Poe isnt that great, and Sheldon Richardson is definitely better.
    You might say whatever you want about Sherman, but he had a point. Giving up so many TDs isnt very elite. Cromartie deserved it more.
    But oh well, everyone knows this is a popularity contest, so it doesnt matter what we say about it.

  35. Golden Tate/ sanders should of got in before megatron dez is having a great year. Yards are comparable and dez has more touch downs then those two they only have more receptions. Calvin Johnson only got in because his name.

  36. I know the Raiders have had a typical Raiders season, but Khalil Mack should be there, and so should Charles Woodson. This could be Woodson’s final season and the guy has had another great season in a career of great seasons.

    Calvin Johnson might be the best receiver in the league but hasn’t played like it this year. He hasn’t been the best receiver on his own team this year(Golden Tate). Odell Beckham Jr should be there over Megatron as well

    And I hope all 9 of those Broncos enjoy their trip to Hawaii because that will be the only “bowl” game they play in this season!

  37. Probably a 2nd or 3rd legitimate snub in a growing collection of them for LT Andrew Whitworth

    Even Bengals’ lone HOF player Anthony Munoz (& alongside him should also be CB Ken “Rattler” Riley & QB Ken “precursor to Joe Montana” Anderson ) would probably be collecting them now too if he currently played in Cincinnati’s ‘sphere’ of media …

  38. Why would you bring up Jamaal Charles and Dez Bryant to knock out of their positions? For running back, Lesean McCoy is the one who should go – – JJ Watt has as many touchdowns as he does, and he averages a whole yard less per carry than Charles does. As for receiver, Dez Bryant is 1st in touchdowns, 9th in yards, and 10th in receptions. Calvin Johnson is 27th in touchdowns, 16th in yards, and 31st in receptions. So why would Bryant be the receiver to lose his Pro Bowl spot? McCoy and Johnson are name-only picks this year.

  39. Russell Wilson got snubbed. How does manning get in with the worst season he’s had in a long time and no where near MVP stat line? Oh that’s right, he’s buddies with goodell and it’s a popularity contest. Wilson is even better than luck as well.

  40. The Seahawks are thier own Pro Bowl team and will be on full display pounding the Pats like they did the Manning girls in February.

  41. Kelvin Benjamin! 72 catches, 999 yards, 9 TDs statistically doesn’t look amazing. However, nobody, nobody could have great numbers with Cam throwing him the ball. Look how bad he made Steve Smith look. Now Steve has somebody decent throwing him the ball, and even though he is the number 2, he still has 71 catches for 975 yards and 6 TDs.

    The game Cam missed, Kelvin went 8 catches for 104 yards. He made Derek Anderson look amazing!

  42. Matt Forte of my Chicago Bears, and Jerry Hughes of my Buffalo Bills. Also special mention to Middle Linebacker Chris Borland of the 49ers. What a joke then the NFL wonders why the Pro Bowl ratings are so low, because most of the REAL talent gets snubbed. Like former mlb London Fletcher.

  43. I agree with not taking it so personal. No one including myself watch the pro bowl anymore because it doesn’t mean anything. In baseball the winner gets home field advantage in the series so it gives them a little incentive. All this is in the NFL is to recognize popular players and give the fans bragging rights. Plus most of them don’t even show up, which shows how much being named to the pro bowl means to the players. So don’t have a stroke if your guy didn’t make it, because you aren’t going to watch the “show” anyway. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

  44. They really need to cancel this crap game. Football is a dangerous sport, and playing all-star games just puts players at risk. Why put players at risk in a meaningless game? Most of the players don’t even try hard, anyway.

  45. those of you who would take Wilson over almost every qb in the league, you realize you don’t get seattle’s d right? stating that he beat manning, Rodgers and whoever this year is garbage. he wins because of his defense.
    he is a fine qb and runs well, but when the d wasn’t at the top of the league this year theres a reason he couldn’t beat teams like stl. unless of course we all agree Austin davis is better than him because of a head to head win

  46. Tress way was a definite snub. The skins offensive failures afforded him a ton of playing time, which all Washington fans can attest to. The kid was great this year. Mcafee I agree with but huber? I don’t think so

  47. DeAndre Levy. Easy. PFF has him as a top 2 outside LB.

    Golden Tate. Don’t know if he’s better than anyone voted in though.

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    curmudgeon13 says:
    Dec 23, 2014 11:43 PM
    The Pro Bowl is a meaningless, popularity contest joke……

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    The actual game is meaningless.

    However, lots of players like to be invited. I remember some having contract bonuses for it.

  48. The proof that the PB is a popularity contest is that Calvin Johnson made the team and Golden Tate did not. Johnson missed a number of games and Tate had better stats.

  49. It is utterly ridiculous Lavonte David is not in the Pro Bowl. The guy missed a game and a half and is still second in the league in tackles.

    I think Derrick Brooks, Hall of Famer, would have a tough time making it to the Pro Bowl in today’s NFL.

    3-4 linebackers with the sexy sack numbers. Yeah, great. Make an impact play one or twice every couple weeks.

    LVD does it every single week.

  50. Pro Bowl is nothing more than a name recognition popularity contest thereby making it irrelevant! Glorified DEs making it as LBs, glorified WRs making it as TEs…who cares other than agents who lose out on bonus money when their clients are snubbed.

  51. Patrick Peterson is the single most over-rated player in the world. Nice tackle he made there against the beast. Yea, he’s a pro-bowler. I can’t believe Rodney Harrison has him on his list of best DB’s. Come’on Rodney, you’re smarter than that.

    Watch Crabtree beat him like a rug this week-end!

    GO NINERS!!

  52. edukator4 says:
    Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    those of you who would take Wilson over almost every qb in the league, you realize you don’t get seattle’s d right? stating that he beat manning, Rodgers and whoever this year is garbage. he wins because of his defense.
    he is a fine qb and runs well, but when the d wasn’t at the top of the league this year theres a reason he couldn’t beat teams like stl. unless of course we all agree Austin davis is better than him because of a head to head win

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    1. The Jets have had a stout defense for most of Rex Ryans tenure. How has that worked out?

    2. Do you watch football or just parrot what you hear people say?

    3. You do realize Wilson has a TD to INT ratio of 20 to 6, which is bettered, percentage wise, by ONLY Aaron Rodgers and is on pace to throw for over 3500 yards while running for over 900 right? The only qb EVER to complete that feat was Randall Cunningham 20 years ago.

    4. There isn’t a qb on the list that throws to a more pedestrian receiving corps.

    5. Seattles defense is stout and that DOES help Russell and the offense. Russells ability to almost never make a mistake (bad sacks, interceptions, bad reads) also keeps the defense defending a longer field, allowing them MORE chance at success.

    6. Go back and look at the last 20 years of Super Bowl winners. Only twice has the #1 defense in the league won the Super Bowl. Seattle last year, and Baltimore in 2001.
    So before you claim that Seattle’s dominance is solely associated with having the baddest defense this side of those Ravens teams, check your facts.

  53. Go back 20 years and add up the SB’s. Seahawks have to win more then 1 to get into the SB club. But I do have to complement you on your seahawks facts but, learn more about the NFL. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

  54. tyn27 says:
    Dec 23, 2014 9:44 PM
    Harrison Smith. Top 3 free safety in the league.
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    Aside from intercepting Flynn in garbage time, he’s done nothing this year…

    (see Jets/Dolphins games for example, letting Geno and Ryan look like All Pros…smh).

  55. Somebody give me one reason Everson Griffen didn’t make it. He leads the NFC in sacks by a defensive end. LEADS! And don’t give me; “his team isn’t in the playoffs”. This isn’t a team award. This is about individuals who have played better than their peers THIS YEAR.

    There are always snubs, but when you lead every other player at your position, the snub should be impossible.

  56. It’s crazy how levy is left off your snub list! Is there a better 4-3 OLB? He does nothing but make play after play, but since he’s not a 3-4 Rush OLB and isn’t in position to pick up 15+ sacks a year he will be overlooked every time. The funny thing is, if you actually watch the pro bowl be 3-4 players are lost cause they run a 4-3 usually, it’s honestly funny to watch

  57. It’s crazy to think that Clay Mathew made the Pro Bowl, he’s the most overrated player in the NFL, he’s a complete liability in the run game, and doesn’t get to the QB as much a s 3-4 OLB should.

  58. Rothlisberger had 2 amazing games but was avg the rest of year.

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    Yah…I can see how being ranked in the top 3 in yards (#2), pct (#3), and QB rating (#3) while leading your team to the playoffs might seem ‘average’ to the casual fan/hater – but those are the kind of things I guess we come to expect from a three time Super Bowl participant, two time winner.

    365 yards this week and it’ll make 5k for 2014.

    Ho-hum, just another season on the way to a HOF career…

  59. Billy Gay. 3 picks to the house. Steelers punter, spiderman-Antonio Brown. Bell??? Ben 12 Tds,2 games, nuff said. Also I accidentally reported the post by Steelers are superior, lol sorry brother, NBC please disregard that one.

  60. The only QB snub was Russell Wilson who lead his team to possibly a playoff home field advantage this year. The other two, Rivers and Brees don’t even make the playoff. Roethlisberger only had two good games, the rest were average, but he fits more of the prototype QB size than Wilson. What idiots vote the Pro bowl anyway?
    I hope Russell Wilson will get the SB MVP. That’s the only justice.

  61. Drew Brees absolutely sucked this year. His numbers are meaningless since he wasnt able to win a single big game at home. He was not snubbed.

  62. Jeremy Hill should at least be an alternate. 5 games over 145 yards. Projected to have 1,150 yards without being a full time starter.

  63. Player A: 3,236 Pass Yds, 20 Pass TDs…Team has the #1 D in the NFL

    Player B: 3,406 Pass Yds, 32 Pass TDs…Missed a game…Team has the #16 D in the NFL

    Player C: 4,601 Pass Yds, 38 Pass TDs…Team has the #19 D in the NFL

    One of these players is being considered a Snub, and it’s been argued that he should have replaced one of the other 2 players listed…makes sense!

    BTW, I thought it was pertinent to list the ranking of the teams Defense. That obviously is a large part of a Quarterbacks success and the teams record.

  64. edukator4 says:
    Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    those of you who would take Wilson over almost every qb in the league, you realize you don’t get seattle’s d right? stating that he beat manning, Rodgers and whoever this year is garbage. he wins because of his defense.
    he is a fine qb and runs well, but when the d wasn’t at the top of the league this year theres a reason he couldn’t beat teams like stl. unless of course we all agree Austin davis is better than him because of a head to head win

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    1. The Jets have had a stout defense for most of Rex Ryans tenure. How has that worked out?

    2. Do you watch football or just parrot what you hear people say?

    3. You do realize Wilson has a TD to INT ratio of 20 to 6, which is bettered, percentage wise, by ONLY Aaron Rodgers and is on pace to throw for over 3500 yards while running for over 900 right? The only qb EVER to complete that feat was Randall Cunningham 20 years ago.

    4. There isn’t a qb on the list that throws to a more pedestrian receiving corps.

    5. Seattles defense is stout and that DOES help Russell and the offense. Russells ability to almost never make a mistake (bad sacks, interceptions, bad reads) also keeps the defense defending a longer field, allowing them MORE chance at success.

    6. Go back and look at the last 20 years of Super Bowl winners. Only twice has the #1 defense in the league won the Super Bowl. Seattle last year, and Baltimore in 2001.
    So before you claim that Seattle’s dominance is solely associated with having the baddest defense this side of those Ravens teams, check your facts.
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    Ummmmmmm Steelers 2008 won it with the best defense.

  65. will it matter who got snubbed? come probowl time half these guys will sit out the probowl and everyones happy.

    The game itself will be terrible regardless.

  66. “Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders (95 catches, 1,331 yards), Lions receiver Golden Tate (96 catches, 1,286 yards) had better numbers than Dez Bryant,”

    Dez Bryant had more touchdowns than those two dudes COMBINED. Who care how many catches? Meaningless.

  67. For the Bengals, Whitworth, A. Jones, and Iloka should all be in.

    Whitworth didn’t allow a sack this season, and only let Dalton get hit once. Has any tackle ever had a better season than that?

    Iloka didn’t give up very many big plays this year, and has been a hard-hitting tackler.

    Adam Jones is the top returner in the league, except for maybe Hester.

    Huber was a good selection.

    Although I love A.J. Green, I would not have voted for him this year due to all the time he missed.

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