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Raiders TE Jared Cook named to 2019 NFL Pro Bowl replacing Travis Kelce

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For the first time in his 10-year NFL career, Jared Cook is headed to the Pro Bowl. And deservedly so. With career highs this season in receptions (68), receiving (896), and touchdowns (6), he was named a first alternate. And today, a day after the Kansas City Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs, Travis Kelce has opted out of the game, clearing the way for Cook.

Cook will head to Orlando this week to join the AFC squad for the game which will take place next Sunday, January 27. He will join Colts tight end Eric Ebron who led the NFL whose 13 receiving touchdowns led all tight ends and was tied for second at any position.

Cook is the only Raiders player this season who will suit up for team as the team’s leading receiver and the second leading receiver in the AFC among tight ends.

Center Rodney Hudson was also named an alternate, but as of now the Pouncey Brothers Maurkice (Steelers) and Mike (Chargers) are still slated to play, so Hudson will not head to what would be his third-straight Pro Bowl.