Only one Redskin in the Pro Bowl
Washington Redskins LT Trent Williams, chosen as a reserve, is the only member of the 2013 burgundy and gold named to the Pro Bowl. Said Williams: “It’s a blessing. I’m definitely excited about it… It means a lot. It lets me know my efforts didn’t go unseen.”
“I know my teammates see it and my teammates feed off of it but I’m definitely proud to see that my peers around the NFL recognized that also.”
The NFL announced Friday the rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which for the first-time will be “Unconferenced” with players selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.
The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised during a live three-hour prime-time broadcast on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains for their respective squads.
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26 and air live on NBC at 7 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Redskins are a miserable 3-12, one of the worst teams in the NFL, so they can hardly be surprised that only one player made the Pro Bowl. However, there were several of other players who deserved serious consideration and the Kansas City Chiefs had six Pro Bowlers last season despite a league-worst 2-14 record.
WR Pierre Garcon, RB Alfred Morris, Brian Orakpo and CB DeAngelo Hall have all had good seasons and deserved consideration for the Pro Bowl, but they have been named alternates. That means it is possible they will play in the Pro Bowl if players selected above them are injured or go to the Super Bowl and are unavailable to play in the Pro Bowl. Garcon leads the NFL with 107 receptions and has 1290 receiving yards and 5 TD. Morris has 1213 rushing yards and 7 TD. Both numbers are down considerably from last season, when Morris finished second in the NFL in rushing, but the decline is mostly the fault of the rest of the team. Morris averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season and is averaging 4.7 yards this season, demonstrating he’s been as good or better as last year, with a vastly inferior team around him.
Orakpo has ten sacks and has become a very well-rounded player this season, showing vast improvement in his run defense. DeAngelo Hall has also played very well, but for a bad defense. Hall faced off against top receivers like Dez Bryant and more than held his own. Hall also has four interceptions this season and three touchdowns, two off picks and one off a fumble recovery.