The rosters for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl were announced on Friday and there’s a bit of excitement about the game this year, at least a bit more than normal. While we’re all accustomed to seeing the NFC vs. AFC going through the motions and not doing a whole lot of relatively unexciting things, things are going to be switched up this year, with two team captains drafting teams from the pool of Pro Bowlers. This system has the potential to be a lot of fun.
However, one player that’s also a lot of fun won’t get to take part in the festivities. That player is Chicago Bears second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
While eight receivers were invited to the Pro Bowl, Jeffery was not among them, though his teammate Brandon Marshall in fact was. What’s really curious about Jeffery not getting selected is that there are only two receivers out of the top eight in receiving yards not headed to the Pro Bowl: DeSean Jackson at eighth and Jeffery at sixth.
Despite it being just his second season, Jeffery has been unreal as a pass-catcher for the Bears. Second in targets and catches to Marshall, Jeffery led Chicago in receiving yards with 1,341 on 86 catches. Jeffery also trailed Marshall in terms of touchdown grabs with seven to Marshall’s 11 on the year. However, seven is certainly nothing to scoff at, especially with the advantage in receiving yards.
While it’s hard to knock any of the eight receivers that were indeed selected to the Pro Bowl, it’s also hard to justify Jeffery not being in there after what he did this season. If he keeps up this level of play, though, this will probably the last time we get to call Jeffery a snub for the Pro Bowl.