Eagles paved the way with 8 gamers in inaugural Pro Bowl Games

The NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles had a league-best eight gamers, together with quarterback Jalen Hurts, chosen for the primary Pro Bowl Games.

The league introduced rosters for the NFC and AFC on Wednesday. Gamers from each conferences will compete in weeklong abilities competitions culminated with a flag soccer recreation on Sunday, February 5, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The NFL eradicated its full-contact all-star recreation in September.

Kansas Metropolis and Dallas every had seven gamers chosen for the Games. San Francisco and Baltimore are subsequent with six. Solely two groups — Jacksonville and Chicago — aren’t represented on the preliminary rosters.

Becoming a member of Hurts from the Eagles (13-1) are large receiver A.J. Brown, operating again Miles Sanders, proper sort out Lane Johnson, heart Jason Kelce, left guard Landon Dickerson, linebacker Haason Reddick and cornerback Darius Slay. Hurts, Sanders, Dickerson and Reddick are first-timers. It is Kelce’s sixth, Slay’s fifth and Johnson’s fourth. Sanders and Reddick had been chosen as backups.

Patrick Mahomes is the AFC’s beginning quarterback. Josh Allen and Joe Burrow are his backups. Kirk Cousins and Geno Smith are backing up Hurts.

Smith is a first-time decide in his tenth season within the NFL. He is the primary quarterback since Wealthy Gannon (1999) to earn his first Pro Bowl choice in Yr 10 or later of his profession.

Trent Williams, the 49ers’ left sort out, was chosen for the tenth time. Aaron Donald turned the primary defensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl in every of his first 9 seasons. He is the one consultant from the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Los Angels Rams (4-10).

Miami’s Tyreek Hill was chosen to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl, becoming a member of A.J. Inexperienced as the one large receivers to earn Pro Bowl honors in every of their first seven seasons.

Twenty-five of the 88 gamers chosen are first-timers, together with rookie cornerbacks Sauce Gardner of the New York Jets and Tariq Woolen of the Seattle Seahawks. It is the second time two rookie cornerbacks made the preliminary Pro Bowl roster. The primary occurred in 1982 when Pro Soccer Corridor of Famer Ronnie Lott and Everson Partitions made it.

Saquon Barkley is the NFC’s beginning operating again. Sanders and Dallas Cowboys operating again Tony Pollard are the backups. Nick Chubb is the AFC’s beginning operating again. Derrick Henry and Josh Jacobs again him up.

The NFC’s beginning wideouts are Brown and Justin Jefferson. CeeDee Lamb and Terry McLaurin additionally made the squad. The AFC’s beginning receivers are Hill and Stefon Diggs.

Davante Adams and Ja’Marr Chase additionally made the roster.

George Kittle begins at tight finish for the NFC and T.J. Hockenson made the workforce after a midseason commerce from Detroit to Minnesota.

AFC beginning tight finish Travis Kelce made the workforce for the eighth time. Mark Andrews backs him up.

The roster choices had been decided by the consensus votes of followers, gamers and coaches.

Every group’s vote counted one-third towards figuring out the groups. The NFL is the one sports activities league that mixes voting by followers, coaches and gamers to find out its all-stars. It was additionally the primary skilled sports activities league to supply on-line all-star voting in 1995.

Peyton Manning will coach the AFC workforce whereas Eli Manning guides the NFC. Ray Lewis serves because the defensive coordinator for the AFC. DeMarcus Ware handles the function for the NFC.

Worldwide Flag soccer stars Vanita Krouch and Diana Flores had been named as offensive coordinators.

The AFC and NFC will begin off with 5 abilities competitions on Feb. 2. On Sunday, there will likely be three flag soccer video games and three extra abilities competitions between the 2 conferences.

The winner of every abilities competitors earns three factors for his convention. There are eight complete abilities competitions value a complete of 24 accessible factors.

The winner of every of the primary two flag video games earns six factors for his convention. The primary two flag video games are value a complete of 12 accessible factors.

Factors from the eight abilities competitions and first two flag video games are added collectively and that would be the rating at the start of the third and closing flag recreation. The third flag recreation will decide the general winner of the Pro Bowl Games.

The flag video games will function a standard AFC vs. NFC matchup with 27 ability place gamers accessible from the total roster for every convention.

Every workforce may also have one heart accessible on their roster. The sport will likely be performed 7 on 7.

Every recreation will likely be 20 minutes in size, with two, 10-minute halves on a 50-yard subject with two 10-yard finish zones.

Touchdowns are value six factors. There are two totally different choices for post-touchdown conversions: 1-point conversion from the 3-yard line and 2-point conversion from the 10-yard line. Safeties and returned 1- or 2-point conversion makes an attempt are value 2 factors.

Reporting by The Related Press.

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