WRs Evans, Godwin to Pro Bowl
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are arguably the NFL’s top receiving tandem.
On Tuesday night, a measure of the respect they have earned was confirmed when they were picked for the NFC’s roster for the Pro Bowl next month at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Godwin (86 catches, 1,333 yards, nine touchdowns) and Evans (67 catches, 1,157 yards, eight TDs) were chosen as reserves for the game at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Only Michael Thomas (1,552) of the New Orleans Saints has more receiving yards in the NFL than Godwin.
Godwin was chosen for his first Pro Bowl after the Bucs selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft. This is the third Pro Bowl selection for Evans, who has been battling a hamstring injury.
Godwin injured his hamstring during the Bucs’ 38-17 road victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who leads the NFL with 16 1⁄2 sacks, gave the Bucs three Pro Bowlers. Barrett, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos before signing with Tampa Bay in the offseason, entered 2019 with 14 career sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive lineman Calais Campbell on the AFC squad. Campbell, 33, earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection — and third in as many seasons with the Jags — after producing 6
1⁄2 sacks and forcing two fumbles this season.
The former Miami Hurricanes standout played his first nine NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Miami Dolphins did not have any Pro Bowlers, although two players who began the season with the team — Houston Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick — were chosen to start for the AFC. The Dolphins traded those players for first-round draft picks in 2020.
Fitzpatrick is tied for third in the league with five interceptions. The Dolphins drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2018.
Former Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey, acquired by the Los Angeles Rams in midseason, made the NFC squad as an alternate despite not having an interception in 11 games.
QB Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, the presumptive front-runner for NFL MVP, is scheduled to start for the AFC. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans were selected as backups.
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was chosen to start at QB for the NFC, with Drew Brees of the Saints and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers also making the squad.
The Ravens led all teams with 12 selections, followed by the Saints with seven and the Chiefs with six.
As with most seasons, the rosters are expected to change significantly because of injuries and other reasons, including how far a selected player’s team advances in the playoffs.
This will be the fourth year that Orlando has hosted the Pro Bowl. Tickets, which are available at nfl.com/probowlonsale, start at $45.