Even with some Raiders players actually having a good year, it was looking like they would be shut out of the initial Pro Bowl team. That’s just what happened, but they did get three players named among the alternates.
Tight end Jared Cook, center Rodney Hudson and left guard Kelechi Osemele were all named alternates for the annual NFL all star game.
Cook is currently second in the AFC in receptions (63) and receiving yards (848) among tight ends behind only Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and third in touchdowns (6) behind Kelce (10) and Colts tight end Eric Ebron (12).
Though which level alternate they are was not revealed, Cook and Hudson should be first alternates as both are very deserving of being on the team. Unfortunately, their only hopes for making the team are if someone named to the team is injured or goes to the Super Bowl.
Making the initial Pro Bowl roster at tight end for the AFC is Kelce and Ebron, so it would stand to reason Cook would be next man up should one of them bow out.
At center it’s the Pouncey brothers — Maurkice (Steelers) and Mike (Chargers).
At guard it’s David DeCastro of the Steelers; Osemele’s old teammate Marshal Yanda of the Ravens, and Colts rookie Quenton Nelson.