The Pro Bowl is on the minds of many fans who want to see their favorite players make it to the NFL's annual All-Star game. Fan voting ended this past Monday, and with it, one third of the Pro Bowl vote is in. Next Monday, the Bengals host the Broncos on Monday Night Football in a game that could feature anywhere between 6-to-10 Pro Bowlers.
The Bengals have several players playing at a Pro Bowl level, including safety George Iloka, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and wide receiver A.J. Green.
The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches, with each group’s vote counting one-third toward determining the players. In total, 86 players (plus two long snappers) will be selected to the Pro Bowl.
Pro Football focus went ahead and released their rosters of players they think should be in this All-Star game, and two Bengals made their list.
Whitworth was a no-brainer, and he made their roster as a reserve tackle. However, the other Bengal to make it was a bit of a surprise, as Ryan Hewitt made it as a starting fullback. Hewitt actually is the second-best FB via PFF's grades, and of all FBs who've played in at least 25% of their team's snaps, Hewitt's 404 is second behind only Baltimore's Kyle Juszczyk.
Starters: Aaron Rodgers (GB) and Drew Brees (NO)
Reserves: Tom Brady (NE), Matt Ryan (ATL), Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) and Andrew Luck (IND)
Starters: DeMarco Murray (DAL) and Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
Reserves: Marshawn Lynch (SEA), Justin Forsett (BAL), Eddie Lacy (GB) and Jamaal Charles (KC)
Starters: Antonio Brown (PIT), Dez Bryant (DAL), Jordy Nelson (GB) and DeMaryius Thomas (DEN)
Reserves: Emmanuel Sanders (DEN), Odell Beckham Jr (NYG), Julio Jones (ATL) and T.Y. Hilton (IND)
Starters: Anthony Sherman (KC) and Ryan Hewitt (CIN)
Starters: Rob Gronkowski (NE) and Greg Olsen (CAR)
Reserves: Martellus Bennett (CHI) and Jason Witten (DAL)
Starters: Joe Thomas (CLE) and Ricky Wagner (BAL), Jason Peters (PHI) and Sebastian Vollmer (NE)
Reserves: Andrew Whitworth (CIN) and Jared Veldheer (ARZ)
Starters: Marshal Yanda (BAL), Kelechi Osemele (BAL) Joel Bitonio (CLV) and Zack Martin (DAL)
Reserves: Josh Sitton (GB) and Brandon Linder (JAX)
Starters: Nick Mangold (NYJ) and Corey Linsley (GB)
Reserves: Travis Frederick (DAL) and Rodney Hudson (KC)
Starters: Cameron Wake (MIA), J.J. Watt (HOU), Von Miller (DEN) and Justin Houston (KC)
Reserves: Khalil Mack (OAK), Terrell Suggs (BAL), Michael Bennett (SEA) and Everson Griffen (MIN)
Starters: Aaron Donald (SL), Gerald McCoy (TB), Sheldon Richardson (NYJ) and Fletcher Cox (PHI)
Reserves: Ndamukong Suh (DET), Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ), Calais Campbell (ARZ) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)
Starters: Luke Kuechly (CAR) and Dont’a Hightower (NE)
Reserves: Jamie Collins (NE) and Daryl Smith (BAL)
Starters: DeAndre Levy (DET) and Brandon Marshall (DEN)
Reserves: Thomas Davis (CAR) and Nigel Bradham (BUF)
Starters: Chris Harris Jr. (DEN), Vontae Davis (IND), Darrelle Revis (NE) and Richard Sherman (SEA)
Reserves: Orlando Scandrick (DAL), Sean Smith (KC), Desmond Trufant (ATL) and Corey Graham (BUF)
Starters: Eric Weddle (SD), Harrison Smith (MIN), Tashaun Gipson (CLE) and Glover Quin (DET)
Reserves: Devin McCourty (NE) and Antoine Bethea (SF)
Starters: Dan Bailey (DAL) and Matt Bryant (ATL)
Starters: Darren Sproles (PHI) and Devin Hester (ATL)
Starters: Pat McAfee (IND) and Johnny Hekker (SL)
Starters: Josh Martin (KC) and Kelcie McCray (KC)