Pro Bowl snub list headlined by Tua Tagovailoa despite earning the most fan votes

The 2023 NFL Pro Bowl roster is here, and some very famous names didn’t make the cut.

Before we get into it, it’s important to note that this year’s Pro Bowl will be very different from previous Pro Bowls. For one, traditional games no longer exist. The league has replaced it with a skill competition week that concludes with a flag football match with the players.

OK, now let’s go to the snub. Some of the exclusions were odd, considering how well these players have done in fan voting (which only counts in his third of the decision-making process).

There may be more, but here are 6 snubs to watch out for.

The Dolphins quarterback actually led the league in fan voting ahead of the team’s selection with 306,861 votes on Monday. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Beat Jalen Hurts, the back.

But Tagovailoa missed three games this year with a concussion, affecting his stats compared to two other quarterbacks who made the AFC roster: Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen and Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow. Tagovailoa is actually more competitive than Allen, with a higher quarterback rating and fewer interceptions than both, but with slightly fewer yards per game.

Similar to Tagovailoa. This is clearly a case of too many good players in the same position in the AFC.In spite of the A very satirical video from The Chargers’ social media team, Ekeler, lost the Pro Bowl to Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns, Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders and Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans.

Ekeler finished with about half of all three rushing yards, but with slightly fewer rushing touchdowns. However, Ekeler was dominant as a pass catcher, with receptions more than double his for Jacobs and more than triple his for Chubb and Henry. He also nearly doubled Henry and Jacobs in receiving yards and caught five touchdowns among the other three. I think it’s a matter of opinion whether that makes him a better running back.

Another victim of his position, McCaffrey averaged 110.7 yards of scrimmage per game and was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team despite currently ranking third in yards of scrimmage this season. No. RB Sacquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys and Myles Sanders of the Philadelphia Eagles beat him.

Barkley makes sense — he’s right behind McCaffrey in scrimmage yards and over 200 yards ahead in rushing yards — but McCaffrey has 42 fewer rushing yards and 313 more receiving yards than Pollard. is. Sanders has had a career on the ground, ranking fifth in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards. McCaffrey remains one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, even after switching teams mid-season.

Christian McCaffrey didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl despite having a great season. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Brown has been sidelined for some time with an ankle injury, but he’s still one of the best pure receivers in the NFL.In his second year, St. Brown wouldn’t have beaten Justin Jefferson or A.J. and filed a lawsuit against Sheedy Lam. St. Brown has more reception than both. He has the same number of touchdowns as Ram, twice as many as McLoughlin, and only slightly fewer receiving yards than both.

All three are good receivers in their own right, but St. Brown may not be a household name yet.

It would have been impressive if both of the Dolphins’ receivers had made the Pro Bowl, but sadly Waddle was left out despite ranking sixth in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The four players – Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams and Ja’Marr Chase – are arguably the best four players at that position in the AFC, but statistically Waddle is also on that list. should.

Highsmith tied for seventh in the NFL with 11 sacks this season, but missed out on a Pro Bowl appearance. New England Patriots pass rusher Matt Judon is on the roster as the NFL’s sack leader, while Los Angeles Chargers’ Khalil Mack has seven sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Highsmith probably deserves the spot more than teammate TJ Watt. He has missed seven games this season.

Tua Tagovailoa may be the biggest Pro Bowl snub of the year.  (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Tua Tagovailoa may be the biggest Pro Bowl snub of the year. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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