Patriots not fretting about their few Pro Bowl selections
FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (AP) >> The New England Patriots aren’t heavily represented in the Pro Bowl — again. And that’s just fine by them. Despite being 11-3, having the NFL’s top-ranked defense and clinching their NFL-record 11th consecutive playoff berth, only three Patriots were voted to the Pro Bowl by fans, players and coaches.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore and linebacker Dont’a Hightower were selected on defense and Matt Slater was chosen on special teams. The Patriots had only two players selected last season but went on to win the Super Bowl.
“Huge honor, but definitely was not planning on that this year. Obviously have bigger goals ahead,” said Hightower, who was named to his second-career Pro Bowl. “Hopefully we’ve got bigger