Six Philadelphia Eagles were named to the Pro Bowl yesterday afternoon. A monumental honor for the team and one that shows just how far the Birds have come in Pederson’s second-year as Head Coach. However, there were several names who absolutely deserved to bask in that glory and play in the event hosted on January 28th.
There may be no bigger Pro Bowl snub than Jason Kelce. The Eagles center hasn’t been selected for the big game since 2014, but his form this year may be the best of his career. Kelce has been an integral part in establishing the Eagles run-game and has dominated as the most athletic and powerful run-blocking center in the league. For a more detailed look at Jason Kelce’s incredible season, check out this article below.
What does BG have to do to make the Pro Bowl?! After being named a second-team All-Pro last year, Graham has stepped up his game to the next level. A ridiculous 9.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles headline a season that has been lethal from start to finish. Graham has benefitted greatly from the arrival of Tim Jernigan, but as the ominous big payday continues to evade him and the Pro Bowls follow suit, it’s only going to further wake the dragon. There may be no defensive end more underrated than the former first round pick who has enjoyed a monstrous season.
The former Buffalo Bill flew under the radar as one of the team’s most undervalued signings of the offseason, but when Jordan Hicks went down with a season ending injury, he was needed more than ever. Bradham delivered. A team-leading 80 tackles don’t do the linebacker justice. 8 passes defensed, a scoop-and-score touchdown and 5 tackles for a loss have seen Bradham run rampant as one of the most reliable coverage linebackers in the NFL. The proof is in the pudding. Bradham has held together a linebacker corps that is severely low on depth and been a source of big production in the team’s ruthless run defense.
While running-mate Fletcher Cox was elected to the Pro Bowl, Jernigan wasn’t. The former Ravens DT has been arguably the most important offseason addition to the Jim Schwartz Defense. Jernigan has opened the flood-gates that have allowed Cox and company to feast all season long. One of the league’s leading run-defenders, Jernigan has been a brick-wall, forcing teams to adapt a zonal rushing attack and depriving the ability to punch the ball up the gut. A force on third down, there is no questioning that Jernigan’s ability to revoke double-teams from Fletcher Cox, partnered with impressive numbers of his own, are deserving of a Pro Bowl nod.
This one is a little more lenient as Robinson’s form has dipped slightly in recent weeks, but in the opening 3/4 of the season, there was no better slot cornerback than Patrick Robinson, especially in the NFC. While some clambered for the Eagles to leave him off the final roster, all it took was a move inside for Robinson to shine as he did for the Chargers back in 2015. 3 interceptions and a team-leading 15 passes defensed have seen Robinson force traffic outside. Removing slot receivers and tight ends from the equation with a crisp back pedal and instinctive technique, Robinson has been an unsung hero of the Eagles defense all season long.
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