The Green Bay Packers will have seven players represented at the Pro Bowl, but there were a few players that were left out and better than the players selected. However, the Packers should plan on being busy when the Pro Bowl approaches.
The Green Bay Packers will have seven players representing the green and gold at the 2021 Pro Bowl. Six of the seven selected were named starters: Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander.
The lone Packer that wasn’t selected into a starting role was Aaron Jones. The 7 selections marks the most for the Packers since 7 were picked in 2011. The 6 starters is the most since the Packers have had since their 8 in 1967, Vince Lombardi’s final year as head coach.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 22, 2020
However, the Pro Bowl voting is determined by the fans and every year, it misses on those key players. The Green Bay Packers are no stranger to being snubbed in the Pro Bowl voting as Z. Smith and Baktiari have experienced it themselves. This year it looks like it’s Robert Tonyan and Corey Linsley were snubbed out of the 2021 Pro Bowl.
This isn’t the feeling from fans that believe players from their favorite team were snubbed. There are teammates vouching for Linsley and Tonyan, commenting on how they should have been voted into the Pro Bowl. If that doesn’t build a case, you have players from different teams believing that the Packers players were robbed from a Pro Bowl appearance.
— George Kittle (@gkittle46) December 22, 2020
Let’s start with Tonyan. The Packers tight end finished fifth in Pro Bowl voting even though he has 49 receptions for 551 yards and 10 touchdowns. One of the two tight ends selected was New York Giants tight end Evan Engram, who has 54 receptions for 572 yards with one touchdown. Even the Giants tight end was surprised that he was named to the Pro Bowl roster.
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 22, 2020
Another player that was easily snubbed was Packers center Corey Linsley. The downfall to Linsley is that he is dealing with a knee injury and is on IR, but given his play on the field, there’s no reason why he should have been seventh in the Pro Bowl voting. Linsley has been, arguably the best center in the NFL this season.
Honesty, no Corey Linsley( @Linsley71 )??? The selection process is flawed. Best year by him and is the best center in the league. I hope you get the All-Pro instead (been there)… It’s just sad when someone doesn’t get the recognition they deserve.
— David Bakhtiari (@DavidBakhtiari) December 22, 2020
According to Pro Football Focus, Linsley has been the best center in the NFL by a wide margin. Linsley has an overall grade of 89.8, with the next closest coming from Detriot Lions center Frank Ragnow with 80.6. Linsley has earned an 83.8 grade in pass blocking, and an 87.5 in run blocking. The centers selected over Linsley were Ragnow and Philadelphia Eagles Jason Kelce.
There were other Packers that received enough votes to be in consideration for the top-10 at their position: free safety Darnell Savage (9th), special teamer Oren Burks (2nd) and long snapper Hunter Bradley (2nd).
Now, it’s understandable why fans and athletes are disappointed with the Pro Bowl results because we want these players to have their hard work recognized. However, these players still have a lot to look forward to when they release the All-Pro selections, which aren’t decided by the fans. The hope, however, is that the Green Bay Packers will be too busy as we approach the Pro Bowl.