Opinion: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Seahawks RB Chris Carson among 2020 Pro Bowl snubs
The announcement of Pro Bowl selections annually yields plenty of second-guessing about the players who missed the cut.
While a good number of worthy players made the AFC and NFC rosters on Tuesday night, there were also plenty of noteworthy exclusions.
Here are some of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs:
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys — It's always a bit weird to have a player from "America's Team" listed as a Pro Bowl snub, but here we are. With two weeks to play, Prescott is second in the NFL in passing yards to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston (4,334 to 4,573), but with far fewer interceptions (11 to Winston's 24).
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Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks — With back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in tow, Carson has been a workhorse for the Seahawks. Since fellow running back Rashaad Penny suffered a season-ending injury, Carson has shown he's fully capable of shouldering the backfield workload.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos — In his second NFL season, Sutton is having a breakout year for the Broncos. Making that even more impressive is that he's done so as the Broncos have filtered through three different starting quarterbacks this season.
Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders — Waller's long winding road to NFL stardom has led to a breakthrough season for the former Baltimore Ravens player. Waller has registered a team-leading 80 receptions for 1,001 yards for a Raiders team that went into the season thinking Antonio Brown would be the focal point of the passing game.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, New Orleans Saints — This would have been a good opportunity to get one of the league's best left tackles his first Pro Bowl. Ramczyk grades out as the league's second-rated tackle, per Pro Football Focus, and is vital to helping record-setting quarterback Drew Brees continue to set new NFL passing standards.
Preston Smith, OLB, Green Bay Packers — Seven of the NFL's top eight sack leaders made the Pro Bowl. The lone exclusion: Smith, who's been a vital offseason free-agent pick-up for the Packers. For an 11-win team (so far), the Packers' two Pro Bowl picks seems a bit low.
Blake Martinez, ILB, Green Bay Packers — When your main competition for a Pro Bowl roster spot are future Hall of Famers Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers and Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks, it's going to be tough to crack that lineup. Martinez is a tackling machine for coordinator Mike Pettine's defense, and the current NFL leader in tackles.
Joe Schobert, ILB, Cleveland Browns — While the Indianapolis Colts' Darius Leonard and New England Patriots' Dont'a Hightower don't have the career accolades of the aforementioned Kuechly and Wagner, these two aren't far behind. Thus, making it tough for Schobert — a bright spot on what has been a disappointing Browns team —- from reaching the Pro Bowl. Schobert is having a career year, adding a team-leading four interceptions to yet another 100-plus tackle season.
Tyrann Mathieu, SS, Kansas City Chiefs — Mathieu has been a key contributor in his first season with the Chiefs. His three interceptions are second-best in his career, behind the five he recorded in his lone Pro Bowl season of 2015.
Justin Simmons, FS, Denver Broncos — Another player having a breakout season, Simmons has posted a career-high four interceptions and his 14 passes defensed total eclipses his previous best of five. Still, getting into the Pro Bowl over the Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Baltimore Ravens' Earl Thomas would have been a big ask for what would have been a worthy first-time Pro Bowl nod.
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