Who has a case to make the Pro Bowl and who doesn’t? Let’s go down the list.
Call me a hater, but I did not think Fournette was going to be this good or this productive. Coming off an injury last year that kept him out most of the season, my expectations were pretty low. And then Fournette decided to tap dance on my grave. He’s sixth in the NFL with 831 rushing yards and fifth in the NFL among running backs with at least 150 rushes with 4.8 yards per carry. He’s also third in the NFL with 1,126 all-purpose yards.
WR DJ Chark
He’s just on the fringe of Pro Bowl distinction ranking 12th in the NFL with 692 receiving yards. But he’s tied for fourth with six touchdowns and seventh with 16.1 yards per catch. And he’s done it largely with a rookie quarterback under center.
DE Josh Allen
He’s the team leader in sacks with 7.0 and putting together one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in the league right now. Throw in 31 pressures, two forced fumbles, and 8.0 tackles for a loss and you’ve got a solid first half of the season right now for a first-year pass rusher playing just 67% of defensive snaps.
DL Calais Campbell
The old man is aging like a fine wine. We thought he was showing signs of slowing down but he’s been an absolute menace playing several different positions along the defensive line. He’s second on the team with 5.5 sacks but he leads them with 9.0 tackles for a loss and has averaged 1.5 hits on the quarterback per game this year.
SS Ronnie Harrison
The second-year defensive back can do it all at safety. He can play back in the secondary, blitz, hurry the quarterback, and force turnovers. He’s tied for seventh in the NFL among safeties with two interceptions and he’s shored up a position on this team that many thought was a huge weakness going into the year.
K Josh Lambo
Is there any kicker in the league who has 20+ attempts and made all his kicks? Only one — Lambo. He’s third in the NFL with 22 field goals and no one has been more accurate. The lack of a 50+ yard field goal is going to hurt him, as will a missed extra point, but how can you argue with perfection on field goals?
P Logan Cooke
He’s a weapon! He’s second in the NFL with a net average of 43.6 yards per punt and is tied for second with 18 fair catches.