Eagles' Pro Bowl players: Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Brandon Brooks, Malcolm Jenkins, Lane Johnson
Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Brandon Brooks were named Pro Bowl starters. Malcolm Jenkins and Lane Johnson are reserves. Wentz, of course, will not play.
Carson Wentz was one of six Eagles named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, including four who earned spots in the NFC's starting lineup.
Wentz was joined by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tight end Zach Ertz, and guard Brandon Brooks as starters. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and tackle Lane Johnson made the team as reserves.
The most notable omissions from the Eagles are defensive end Brandon Graham and center Jason Kelce, who both are among the top performers at their positions this season.
Wentz, of course, won't be able to play in the Jan. 28 game in Orlando because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The other players likely hope they're not eligible for the game, because that would mean the Eagles reached the Super Bowl.
The Eagles are tied with the New Orleans Saints for the second-highest number of players named to the Pro Bowl even though the Eagles' 12-2 record is the best in the NFL. The 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers lead the league with eight Pro Bowlers.
Wentz, Ertz, Brooks, and Johnson earned their first Pro Bowl bids. Cox made the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season. Jenkins made it for the second time.
In 13 games, the 24-year-old Wentz finished 265 of 440 for 3,296 yards with a franchise-record 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He earned the NFC's top quarterback spot over New Orleans' Drew Brees and Seattle's Russell Wilson, the other two quarterbacks who made the roster.
Ertz, 27, has 63 catches for 719 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games. His touchdowns rank second among tight ends in the NFL this season, and he is fourth among tight ends in yards. Ertz has produced among the top tight ends in the NFL in recent years, but more touchdowns and more wins were factors in finally earning Pro Bowl status.
"It's rewarding," Ertz said in a team-issued statement. "I think any person wants to see the 'hard work' pay off, but at the end of the day I've had catches and yards and touchdowns before but I've never had a team like this."
Brooks, 28, has started every game on the right side of the Eagles' offensive line, while Johnson has played all but one. They've helped the Eagles to a league-leading 28.6 offensive points per game and the top rushing offense in the NFC.
"Playing alongside Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce helps tremendously, and Carson playing well and making plays," Brooks said in a statement. "So although it's kind of an individual honor, I wouldn't be able to do it without playing in between these two guys and guys making plays in the backfield, too."
Johnson, 27, earned the recognition even though he plays right tackle, which is a credit to how well he's played in his fifth season. The other five offensive tackles from the NFC and AFC play left tackle.
"It's been one of my goals to be called one of the best in the world at what you do, so it's pretty special," Johnson said in a statement.
Cox, 27, has 5 1/2 sacks in 12 games this season and has been a dominating presence in the middle of the defensive line. He joins Charlie Johnson and Floyd Peters as the only Eagles defensive tackles with three Pro Bowl bids.
Jenkins has 69 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack while serving as the defense's leader in the secondary. He played in the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2016 and is now a two-time Pro Bowler. Jenkins is hoping an alternate goes in his place this season, writing on Twitter that he's grateful and congratulating the other Pro Bowlers before adding, "let's make sure we aren't able to participate."
Kelce, Graham, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, cornerback Jalen Mills, kicker Jake Elliott, and special teams standout Kamu Grugier-Hill were named alternates from the Eagles. Dallas' Travis Frederick and Atlanta's Alex Mack made it over Kelce at center. Minnesota's Everson Griffen, New Orleans' Cameron Jordan, and Dallas' Demarcus Lawrence made it over Graham at defensive end.
PRO BOWL ROSTERS
*Starter NFC Offense
Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Adam Thielen*, Vikings; Michael Thomas, Saints; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Lane Johnson, Eagles
Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Eagles; Brandon Scherff, Redskins
Center: Alex Mack*, Falcons; Travis Frederick, Cowboys
Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Eagles; Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
Quarterback: Carson Wentz*, Eagles; Russell Wilson, Seahawks; Drew Brees, Saints
Running back: Todd Gurley*, Rams; Alvin Kamara, Saints; Mark Ingram, Saints
Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, 49ers
Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Demarcus Lawrence*, Cowboys; Cameron Jordan, Saints
Interior linemen: Fletcher Cox*, Eagles; Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers;
Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones*, Cardinals; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Anthony Barr, Vikings
Inside/middle linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
Cornerback: Xavier Rhodes*, Vikings; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Marshon Lattimore, Saints; Darius Slay, Lions
Free safety: Earl Thomas*, Seahawks
Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants; Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles
NFC Special teams
Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein*, Rams
Return specialist: Pharoh Cooper*, Rams
Special teamer: Budda Baker*, Cardinals
Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; DeAndre Hopkins*, Texans; A.J. Green, Bengals; Keenan Allen, Chargers
Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva*, Steelers; Taylor Lewan*, Titans; Donald Penn, Raiders;
Guard: Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro*, Steelers; Richie Incognito, Bills
Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Raiders
Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Philip Rivers, Chargers; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Running back: Le'Veon Bell*, Steelers; Kareem Hunt, Chiefs; LeSean McCoy, Bills
Fullback: James Develin*, Patriots
Defense end: Joey Bosa*, Chargers; Calais Campbell*, Jaguars; Khalil Mack, Raiders
Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Titans; Malik Jackson, Jaguars
Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Texans; Terrell Suggs, Ravens
Inside/middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Ravens; Ryan Shazier, Steelers
Cornerback: A.J. Bouye*, Jaguars; Jalen Ramsey*, Jaguars; Aqib Talib, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers
Free safety: Eric Weddle*, Ravens
Strong safety: Reshad Jones*, Dolphins; Micah Hyde, Bills
AFC Special Teams
Punter: Brett Kern*, Titans
Kicker: Chris Boswell*, Steelers
Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs
Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots
EAGLES RECENT PRO BOWL SELECTIONS
1999 — FS Brian Dawkins, CB Troy Vincent
2000 — DE Hugh Douglas, TE Chad Lewis, QB Donovan McNabb, LB Jeremiah Trotter, CB Troy Vincent
2001 — K David Akers, FS Brian Dawkins, DE Hugh Douglas, TE Chad Lewis, QB Donovan McNabb, T Tra Thomas, LB Jeremiah Trotter, CB Troy Vincent (DNP/INJ)
2002 — K David Akers, FS Brian Dawkins, DE Hugh Douglas, TE Chad Lewis, G Jermane Mayberry, QB Donovan McNabb, T Jon Runyan, CB Bobby Taylor, T Tra Thomas, CB Troy Vincent
2003 — QB Donovan McNabb (DNP/INJ), DT Corey Simon, CB Troy Vincent
2004 — K David Akers, FS Brian Dawkins, SS Michael Lewis, QB Donovan McNabb, WR Terrell Owens (DNP/INJ), ST/LB Ike Reese, CB Lito Sheppard, T Tra Thomas (DNP/INJ), LB Jeremiah Trotter, RB Brian Westbrook
2005 — LS Mike Bartrum, FS Brian Dawkins, LB Jeremiah Trotter
2006 — RG Shawn Andrews (DNP/INJ), FS Brian Dawkins (DNP), CB Lito Sheppard (DNP/INJ)
2007 — RG Shawn Andrews, DE Trent Cole, RB Brian Westbrook
2008 — FS Brian Dawkins, CB Asante Samuel (DNP)
2009 — K David Akers, DE Trent Cole, LS Jon Dorenbos, WR/ KR DeSean Jackson, QB Donovan McNabb, S Quintin Mikell, T Jason Peters, CB Asante Samuel, FB Leonard Weaver (note: Jackson was selected as both a WR and PR)
2010 — K David Akers, WR DeSean Jackson (DNP/INJ), T Jason Peters (DNP/INJ), CB Asante Samuel (DNP/INJ), QB Michael Vick
2011 — DE Jason Babin, RB LeSean McCoy, T Jason Peters
2013 — QB Nick Foles, WR DeSean Jackson, G Evan Mathis, RB LeSean McCoy, T Jason Peters (DNP/INJ)
2014 — LB Connor Barwin, LS Jon Dorenbos, C Jason Kelce, WR Jeremy Maclin (DNP), G Evan Mathis, RB LeSean McCoy (DNP), K Cody Parkey, T Jason Peters (DNP), RS Darren Sproles
2015 — DT Fletcher Cox, S Malcolm Jenkins, T Jason Peters (DNP), RS Darren Sproles
2016 — DT Fletcher Cox, C Jason Kelce, T Jason Peters (DNP), RB Darren Sproles
2017 — G Brandon Brooks, DT Fletcher Cox, TE Zach Ertz, S Malcolm Jenkins, T Lane Johnson, QB Carson Wentz
Note: No Eagles players were selected for the 2012 season … Source: Eagles’ media guide
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