Pro Bowl Rosters Announced; Bills Lead NY Teams with 3
The Pro Bowl roster was announced tonight. Yes, it’s still a thing. And apparently, from our NYSK Facebook chat group, it actually means something to us, deep, deep down. Even though not one of us will actually watch it. So let’s take a gander at which Bills players made the cut and which Jets players made the alternate list and which Giants players will sit at home and not watch the game (SPOILER: All of them).
Buffalo will send a trio of defensive players to the Pro Bowl for the 1st time since 2004 (Sam Adams, Nate Clements, Takeo Spikes), according to buffalobills.com.
FS, Jairus Byrd
Byrd only played 9 games so far. And yet he still made the Pro Bowl. This should help his case when his contract comes up in the offseason, and he wants the Bills to pay him what he’s worth. This will be Byrd’s 2nd consecutive appearance and 3rd overall (2009, 2012). According to buffalobills.com:
The fifth year safety has tallied a team-high four interceptions this year, ranking him tied for third in AFC, including two interceptions in Week 11 vs. the Jets to become just the third player in franchise history with five multi-interception performances. The 5-10, 203-pound Oregon product entered the NFL as the first of the Bills’ two second-round draft picks (42nd overall) in 2009 and has been a ball hawk in the Buffalo secondary, ranking second in the NFL with 22 interceptions since joining the Bills.
DT, Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams is a mainstay in Buffalo, as well as one of Buffalo’s 3 captains, and rightfully so. He’s always optimistic and looking to better improve on his personal performance as well as the entire defense’s performance. The tandem he and fellow DT Macell Dareus have produced this year is one that could lead the NFL in the near future. Williams has had a career year recording a career-high 10.5 sacks, 65 tackles (42 solo) and a career-high 21 QB hits. From buffalobills.com:
A 6-1, 303-pound Louisiana State product, Williams entered the NFL as the first of Buffalo’s two fifth-round (134thoverall) draft picks in 2006. In his eight-year career, Williams has registered 500 tackles (304 solo) and 29.0 sacks in 114 games played with 109 starts. Williams will be representing the Bills in his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and third overall (2010, 2012).
DE, Mario Williams
SUPER MARIO!!! Last year was an off-year for him, as he did not live up to his near $100 million contract he signed as a free agent. In 2013, Mario was out to prove all the nay-sayers in Buffalo and Houston wrong. And he did. Williams set a franchise record in week 2 against the Carolina Panthers when he sacked QB Cam Newton 4.5 times. Williams’ efforts this year have earned him 13 sacks in 15 games, shattering 2012’s 10.5 sacks. This actually makes Mario the 1st Bill to have back-to-back double digit sack seasons since Aaron Schobel in ’05 and ’06. Buffalobills.com says:
A 6-6, 292-pound North Carolina State product, Williams is in his second season with the Bills and entered the NFL as the number one overall pick of the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft. Over his eight year career, Williams has started each of his 113 career games played tallying 76.5 sacks, 321 tackles (256 solo), 14 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 19 passes defensed and a touchdown. The selection marks Williams’ third Pro Bowl appearance (2008, 2009).
According to the Jets’ official Twitter, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, and Antonio Cromartie, were selected as alternates for the all-star game.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 28, 2013
And the Giants’ tough 2013 gets even tougher when not one of their players made the Pro Bowl for the 1st time since 1996. Tough break. Hopefully they figure out their slump and come back in 2014 in true Big Blue form.
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