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2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Atlanta Falcons Who Deserved to be Selected

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2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 5 Atlanta Falcons Who Deserved to be Selected

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The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced and there were plenty of surprises up and down the selections. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises was that the Atlanta Falcons had zero players selected to the Pro Bowl this season. While Atlanta suffered plenty of disappointment in the win column this year, there were plenty of individual performances that were worthy of Pro Bowl selection.

There will be plenty of spots that the Falcons will need to improve on this offseason to get back into the mix for the NFC South division next year and they have some solid contributors to build around from the 2013 season. They will definitely need to build up the foundation of the team around these leaders who separated themselves this year, despite not getting the recognition of a Pro Bowl selection.

While it isn't all that important in the long run whether or not a player makes the Pro Bowl, it's still a sign of respect for a job well done throughout the season. Atlanta put together a dud of a year as a unit as they bungled their way into the bottom of the NFC. But that shouldn't take away from some of the individual standouts on the roster in 2013. The overall product on the field wasn't what they were hoping for but there were plenty of positive performances to celebrate that went overlooked in the Pro Bowl selection.

With that being said, let's count down five Atlanta Falcons who deserved to be selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster.

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5. Osi Umenyiora, DE

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As the major free-agent acquisition for Atlanta this offseason, Osi Umenyiora was brought in to lead the Falcons' pass-rush in 2013 and he did just that. He led the team with 7.5 sacks this season to go along with three passes defended with one interception that he returned for a touchdown. He also forced three fumbles coming off the edge for the Atlanta D.

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4. Paul Worrilow, LB

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Paul Worrilow led the Atlanta defense this season, recording 114 total tackles with a sack and pass defended. He was the only Falcon to record more than 100 tackles on the season, making plays sideline to sideline in the middle of the defense. He ranked No. 12 in the NFC in tackles this season and distinguished himself as the best defensive player on the Atlanta defense.

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3. Harry Douglas, WR

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The Atlanta offense suffered a number of major injuries this season, particularly in their receiving corps. With Roddy White and Julio Jones missing time this year, Atlanta needed someone to step up and Harry Douglas answered the call. Despite not being a featured part of the offense this season, Douglas ended up leading the team in receiving, catching 78 passes for 1,009 yards and two touchdowns.

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2. Matt Bosher, P

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One of the by-products of having a team struggling to score points is that they have plenty of opportunities to punt. Matt Bosher took full advantage of the opportunity and had a strong season on special teams. He ranked No. 9 in punt average (46.4), No. 6 in net average (41.0), and pinned 24 kicks inside the 20-yard line with just two touchbacks all year long.

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1. Tony Gonzalez, TE

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The elder statesman of the tight end position, Tony Gonzalez has put together another strong season in 2013 in his final year before retirement. He finished fifth among tight ends in receiving yards this season, catching 79 passes for 803 yards and eight touchdowns. His 54 receptions for a first down were second most among tight ends this season and No. 16 among all pass catchers in 2013.