The NFL announced on Wednesday night that three Tennessee Titans players have been selected to be on the 2018 Pro Bowl team.
Over the last several years, the Pro Bowl has gone away from its purpose. What is supposed to be a game in which the NFL’s very best players face off has essentially become a glorified walk-through. Often times, the players participating in the game aren’t even deserving of the honor, whether they’re simply there as a replacement or as a result of poor fan voting.
Nonetheless, being named to the initial Pro Bowl team remains an honor. Considering that fans only make up one third of the vote, with coaches and players making up the other two thirds, being a Pro Bowler isn’t entirely a popularity contest.
Three Tennessee Titans players have been given the opportunity to play in the 2018 installment of the NFL’s all star game. Those players are DT Jurrell Casey, P Brett Kern, and LT Taylor Lewan.
Additionally, seven more players were named alternates. The Titans alternates are S Kevin Byard, RT Jack Conklin, TE Delanie Walker, LB Brian Orakpo, ST Brynden Trawick, PR Adoree’ Jackson, and QB Marcus Mariota.
Last season, the Titans had five players participate in the game.
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Though his numbers haven’t been off the charts, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is well deserving of a third consecutive Pro Bowl nod. In the first year of a lucrative longterm contract extension, Casey has remained a game-wrecker, and a nightmare for opponents’ offensive lines to deal with. His ability to make an impact in the passing game as well as the run game despite his size is what makes him one of the NFL’s truly elite defensive linemen. Casey currently has five sacks, six tackles for loss, and 50 combined tackles.
At age 31, Kern is having his best season as a pro. He leads the league in both gross punting average (51.6) and net punting average (45.6). His gross average, if it stands, would be the best in NFL history. The current mark to beat, set in 1940 by Sammy Baugh, is 51.4. Kern has also pinned teams inside the 20 yard line 22 times, and he only has five touchbacks.
Finally, left tackle Taylor Lewan remains the heart and soul of the entire Titans team. The outspoken stalwart uses his freakish size and athleticism to shut down elite pass rushers game after game. Star players like Jadeveon Clowney of the Texans and Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns were no match for Lewan, who has earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod.
The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando, Florida on January 28. It will be broadcast on both ESPN and ABC.