The latest Pro Bowl fan-vote numbers were released earlier today and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz are amongst the leaders at their positions.
Bills safety Micah Hyde is leading fan voting among AFC strong safeties for the Pro Bowl. pic.twitter.com/FYhFg7b8My— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 22, 2017
Carson Wentz who has thrown 25 touchdowns to only five interceptions for the 9-1 Eagles currently leads all players with 273,367 votes. Zach Ertz, who has caught 45 passes for 536 yards and six touchdowns in nine games, trails only the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. If these numbers continue to hold up — they should if the Eagles keep winning — this would be the first appearance for both players in the NFL’s annual All Star game.
It’s no surprise to see both players open fan voting as potential starters. Typically whichever team from year-to-year that has an outstanding regular season, or puts up big numbers sees a lot of Pro Bowl selections — the Cowboys had five last year while the Falcons had six.
While Pro Bowl appearances do look nice, often players that are undeserving (see Smith, Alex) find their way in due to others electing not to participate, or as was mentioned earlier, the fan voting heavily favors a lightning in a bottle team. Fortunately, neither Wentz nor Ertz fall under that category, but it is surprising to see players such as Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Brooks absent. While it’s likely that that those three Eagles, amongst others, receive invitations to the Pro Bowl, the hope is that they’ll be declining them in preparation for the Super Bowl.