The NFL revealed the 2020 Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday evening and a total of five Philadelphia Eagles players made the final cut.
Fletcher Cox — Defensive tackle — Fifth Pro Bowl selection
Zach Ertz — Tight end — Third Pro Bowl selection
Brandon Brooks — Offensive guard — Third Pro Bowl selection
Jason Kelce — Center — Third Pro Bowl selection
Rick Lovato — Long snapper — First Pro Bowl selection
The Eagles were also 7-7 at this time last year but only had three selections (Cox, Ertz, Brooks). The team had six players selected back when they went to the Super Bowl during the 2017 season. So, five this year is a little surprising.
Here are some quick notes/thoughts on all the selections.
- Cox making the Pro Bowl feels based more on reputation than merit this year. This isn’t to suggest Cox has been bad but he does only have 3.5 sacks through 14 games this season. It’s true that Cox’s impact goes beyond the box score; he’s PFF’s third highest graded defensive tackle in 2019. Still, it doesn’t feel like he’s been quite the flat out dominant player he usually he is. And that’s not shocking coming off the foot injury that prevented him from practicing until Week 1. Not to mention the fact he’s received extra attention with the Eagles not getting much out of their non-Cox defensive tackles.
- Ertz ranks second among all tight ends in receptions this year with 84. This is coming off last year when he set the single-season record for tight end receptions.
Thank you to everyone who voted my teammates and I into the Pro Bowl! Thankful for my incredible coaches and teammates, without them none of this would be possible. Hebrews 12:1 #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/xwgrkSicsN— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) December 18, 2019
- Brooks is PFF’s top graded guard and third highest graded offensive player. It’s pretty incredible how he’s bounced back from the Achilles injury he suffered back in January. There was thought he might not be ready for the beginning of the season but he hasn’t missed a start and he’s played at an elite level.
- Kelce is PFF’s top graded center. Good to see him make it this year after he inexplicably got snubbed last season.
- Lovato was an obvious choice considering he’s a Super Bowl winning long snapper. Seriously, though, not sure what went into his selection. But good for him! He went from working at his father’s pizza shop a few years ago to being a Super Bowl champion and a Pro Bowler. Oh, and the Eagles recently signed him to a four-year contract extension worth $4.525 million.
It’s an absolute honor to announce I’ve been selected to my first Pro Bowl! This was the first year in NFL history Long Snappers could be voted amongst their peers/coaches around the league. Thank you for all of your support! God is good! #GOBIRDS pic.twitter.com/nyBdmc8roP— Rick Lovato (@TheSnappingLife) December 18, 2019
- Lane Johnson isn’t happy about getting snubbed from the original roster for the second year in a row.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) December 18, 2019
No right tackle love, @NFL? You'll see...— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) December 18, 2019
Johnson has a fair gripe. He’s PFF’s second highest graded offensive tackle and their 19th highest graded offensive player. Johnson said he couldn’t sleep after getting snubbed last year so he drove to the facility and slept in his locker.
- You can CLICK HERE for the entire 2020 Pro Bowl rosters.
- The 2020 Pro Bowl game will air on ESPN/ABC on Sunday, January 26. The event is hosted in Orlando, Florida and will feature the NFC battling against the AFC. But, really, who cares?