WRs Evans, God­win to Pro Bowl

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Stephen Ruiz

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.

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