The Pro Bowl starters were announced yesterday with two Atlanta Falcons on the roster. Julio Jones will go to his sixth Pro Bowl. Grady Jarrett was named to his first-ever Pro Bowl.
This has been a forgettable season for the Atlanta Falcons as a team this season. However, even with the substandard play all year, there have been individuals worth noting on the team. Yesterday, when the Pro Bowl rosters were unveiled, Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett were honored by being selected to the NFC squad. Jones and Jarrett have been bright spots on a team that has had few all season.
Julio Jones was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl, and his seventh overall. For the sixth consecutive season, Julio has surpassed 1000 yards receiving. On the season, Julio has caught 82 receptions for 1150 yards and 6 touchdowns. With two games remaining this season, Julio has a chance to pad his stats even further.
Grady Jarrett was named to his first Pro Bowl since joining the NFL in 2015. This has been a season to remember for Jarrett, who signed a long-term deal earlier this season and now, is being named to his first-ever Pro Bowl. It’s got to be a good feeling to be recognized for his good, consistent work he’s put in since joining the league as a fifth-round pick. For the season, Jarrett has 65 tackles, 5.5 sacks. 2 forced fumbles, and 13 QB hits. With two games remaining, Jarrett has a chance to set a new career-high for sacks and QB hits.
For Austin Hooper and Matt Ryan, both missed some time due to injury, especially Hooper who was having a stellar season. It’s easy to see Hooper being a Pro Bowl selection if he could have stayed healthy all season. Instead, Hooper will be an alternative for the roster in case any other TE’s drop out of the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, for Hooper, a Pro Bowl selection would have been a nice bargaining chip going into free agency this offseason.