Late Friday night the NFL released the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters. This is the first time that the NFL Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.” That means the old format of a certain number of players from each conference getting a trip to the Pro Bowl is gone. For example, if the six highest voted quarterbacks were from the AFC, that means no NFC quarterback would be in the Pro Bowl.
The players will be divided into two teams in a draft in late January. Voting was open to coaches, players and NFL fans who cast 80,272,816 votes. Each group of voters represent a third of the equation in making the Pro Bowl selections.
So, who got snubbed?
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
There were a lot of deserving wide receivers who made the cut, Jeffery wasn’t won of them. Jeffery caught 86 passes for 1,341 yards and seven touchdowns through 16 weeks this season. The unconferenced Pro Bowl might have hurt him here, three of the eight receivers were from the NFC.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
Garcon is in the same boat Jeffery is in with the AFC-NFC split gone, that would’ve opened another spot for a NFC receiver. Garcon only set the Redskins single season receptions record with 107. He also has 1,290 yards, but what hurt him was his five touchdowns. He did all this with a struggling Redskins team.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Another victim of the non-conference division. He has 1,153 yards receiving and eight touchdowns despite Aaron Rodgers being out and catching passes from Scott Tolzien, Seneca Wallace and Matt Flynn.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
Morris was fifth in the league with 1,213 yards averaging 4.7 a carry and had seven touchdowns. He also led the league in carries over 20 yards.
Antrel Rolle, S, New York Giants
Rolle felt snubbed and vented on Twitter and he might have a case. Rolle has more tackles then three chosen over him and more interceptions. He has 93 tackles, two sacks, and six interceptions.
Jason Hatcher, DT, Dallas Cowboys
Hatcher wasn’t the dominate player down the stretch he was earlier in the season, but he held a Cowboys defensive line ravaged by injuries together. He also had nine sacks and a forced fumble.
Jurrell Casey, DT, Tennessee Titans
Casey is another solid interior pass rusher who didn’t make the list. He had 10.5 sacks, more than some outside pass rushers who made the Pro Bowl.
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
David had 137 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions as well as two forced fumbles. He didn’t make it into a crowded and worthy linebacker field.
There are many more worthy players who got snubbed, who do you think should’ve been in the Pro Bowl but didn’t make it? Sound off in the comments below.