Every year there are those players you thought should have made the Pro Bowl but didn’t. This year the Raiders saw four players named to the Pro Bowl team — Khalil Mack, Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, and Rodney Hudson.
Along with those Pro Bowlers, there were several alternates. They were LB NaVorro Bowman, QB Derek Carr, G Gabe Jackson, P Marquette King, RB Marshawn Lynch and KR Cordarrelle Patterson.
Arguments can be made for many of them. For instance, Marquette King was the one Raiders player who received the most votes at his position, and yet he didn’t make it. How’s that? Well, because fan votes are only a third of the deciding factor. If the votes of the players and coaches are going to someone else, that player makes it.
In the case of AFC punter, the votes went to Titans’ Brett Kern.
While King has had a great season and got the most fan votes, I don’t see his exclusion as a snub. Kern was easily the best punter in the NFL this season in most every category over King. I actually think King was more of a snub last season when he was the only punter in the top five in ever major category. But it’s tough to make a case he deserved to be in the Pro Bowl over Kern this season.
NaVorro Bowman has been outstanding since arriving in Oakland, leading the team in tackles in 7 of his 8 games, including his first game after just three practices. His 106 tackles are 7th in the AFC and that’s while missing a game after he was released by the 49ers. His problem is it’s difficult to make a Pro Bowl when you’re cut midseason like that.
Then there’s Cordarrelle Patterson who leads the NFL in yards per kick return (28.3) among those with at least 12 returns. Chiefs return man Tyreek Hill was selected over him. Hill is a punt returner and hasn’t been nearly the best at it this season. Going just by punt returners with at least 18 returns, Hill is 8th in the AFC in punt return average (8.5). What he has going for him is he returned one 82 yards for a touchdown. Then again, three others with better yards per return numbers also returned punts for touchdowns, including former Raiders undrafted free agent, Jaydon Mickens who averages 11.9 yards per return (Raiders sure could use that eh?).
Not among even the alternates is tight end Jared Cook who leads the team in receiving and is 5th in the AFC in receptions (50), and receiving yards (638). Of those tight ends with at least 50 catches, only Rob Gronkowski (15.9) has a higher yards per catch average than Cook (12.8).
So, let’s hear from you.
Who do you see as the Raiders biggest Pro Bowl snub?
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