This year’s Pro Bowl selections have been announced, and these three players are the biggest snubs.
The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for this year were announced Tuesday night, and as with any other game that showcases the best in a pro sport talk of Pro Bowl snubs has followed immediately. But it’s a zero-sum game, so if we’re going to put someone in, someone else has to be removed.
Tom Brady is having a down year, but he still became the fifth player in league history to be selected for 14 Pro Bowls. He hasn’t played in the game since 2005, partially as a nod to how deep the Patriots go in the playoffs and being ineligible when the reach the Super Bowl, so it’s safe to say he’ll require a replacement this year barring something unforeseen.
There will be plenty of Pro Bowl alternates who will ultimately make the trip to Orlando, as the original players selected bow out due to a lingering injury or can’t play due to their team going to the Super Bowl.
The list of Pro Bowl snubs can be long if you want to dive deep, but with a focused eye on who they’d replace these three guys have the strongest case as snubs.
3. Chris Jones, DE, Kansas City Chiefs
Jones is listed as a defensive end, but he often moves inside and he’s fifth in the league in sacks with 14. He also holds the record for consecutive games with a sack during a single season, at 10 and counting.
Jone was not realistically going to usurp J.J. Watt or Myles Garrett among AFC defensive ends, but Melvin Ingram (seven sacks) feels like a reach over Jones. An allowance for versatility would easily put Jones ahead of Jurrell Casey, but that’s a conversation for another day.
Jones is almost surely a first alternate for the Pro Bowl, so unless the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl he’s in line for a trip to Orlando. But he’s a clear snub, who should already have a selection on his resume.
Jones should replace: Melvin Ingram or Jurrell Casey