Live on the NFL Network on Tuesday, the league will announce the players who have been selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl. Players are voted in by fans, coaches, and their fellow players, with each of those groups accounting for 1/3 of the voting.
Last year, the Eagles experienced a unique feeling when it came to the Pro Bowl, as no players represented the team in the all-star game. That was because the team was preparing for pulling off one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. The Eagles did end up have six players selected for last year's Pro Bowl: Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, Carson Wentz and Fletcher Cox. Even though this year's team hasn't performed well, there are still going to be a few representatives from the Eagles selected for this year's Pro Bowl. Here is who you can expect to see down in Orlando the week before Super Bowl LIII.
Ertz has been one of the brightest stars on this year's team. He has already broken the Eagles single-season receptions record, and has a strong chance of ending up with the most catches by a tight end in a season in NFL history. He already had the most fan votes for NFC tight ends, so Ertz will definitely hear his name announced Tuesday Night.
Cox absolutely be named a Pro Bowl starter after continuing his dominance from last year into this season. The only defensive tackle in the NFL better than Cox is Aaron Donald. Cox ranks 2nd in the NFLin QB hits (27), behind Aaron Donald (33). Cox's 36.0 total pressures also trail only Donald (58.0) among defensive tackles.
According to Pro Football Focus, Brandon Brooks is the 2nd-best offensive guard in the NFC. In the last month of games, he's allowed zero pressures (hits, sacks, hurries) in 151 pass blocking snaps, and he still hasn't allowed a sack since the Eagles signed him in 2016. So yeah, Brooks is a lock to be named to the Pro Bowl.
Kelce is constantly regarded as the best center in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. He is fighting through an elbow injury and he is still playing on an elite level. Kelce's name should definitely be announced Tuesday night.
The lone member of the Eagles Week 1 secondary that is still healthy enough to play, Jenkins has built himself a reputation as among the best safeties in the NFL. I wouldn't necessarily call him a lock, but at the same time I do feel there is a pretty strong chance he is named to the Pro Bowl due to his reputation and durability.
Obviously with his back injury, he wouldn't actually play in the game. However, even in an "off year", Wentz has played well enough to be in the conversation. Typically three quarterbacks are named to each team's Pro Bowl roster. Drew Brees is a lock for one of the NFC slots, so Wentz will be in competition with Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan for one of the two remaining spots. So there is a decent possibility of him being named, and then being replaced on the roster by someone else.
The future Hall-of-Famer has been named to the Pro Bowl nine times in his career. He has long been considered one of the best tackles in the NFL when he is on the field. However, this year he is playing through a torn biceps and is fighting against father time. But I do still see there being a way he is named to the Pro Bowl just off of his reputation and his courage to fight through a painful injury.
The Eagles right tackle falls into the same category as Jason Peters. Johnson is playing through two known injuries - a MCL sprain and a high-ankle sprain. Those injuries have led to his play diminishing when compared to last season, but he is still regarded as one of the best tackles in the NFL. There will be a healthy chance that Johnson could be named to the Pro Bowl.
After being named to the last three Pro Bowl rosters, there will be a good chance Bennett hears his name announced on Tuesday. According to Radar360, Bennett leads all NFL defensive ends with 26 QB hits this season. He has been one of the few pleasant sights to see this Eagles season, as he is currently the team leader in sacks with eight so far.
Players Who Might Be Alternates:
Graham hasn't had a "breakout" season, but he is still playing solid football. I don't think he gets in initially, but when other players decline their invitations or back out due to other circumstances, I believe Graham could be an alternate who ends up going to Orlando.
Bradham tends to do his job pretty quietly. He rarely gets recognize from a national standpoint, but he is an effective linebacker for the Eagles, and I could see him possibly being named as an alternate since he has had a pretty good season.
Johnston ranks 2nd in the NFL in gross punting average (48.4) and 2nd in net average (42.9). Although Michael Dickson gets all the media attention, Johnston has been just as good, if not better than Dickson. The Seahawks punter will likely get the nod, but Johnston has a solid chance of being named an alternate.