We recently found out that the 2017 Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando, Fla. Now, the NFL just confirmed that they will return to the AFC-NFC format.
It marks the first time since 2012 that the league is using the traditional format. While the Pro Bowl has been perceived as a bit of a joke compared to other professional sports’ all-star games, we always like to see whether or not our favorite players make the cut.
Around the NFL editor Gregg Rosenthal named Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen one of nine players that he believes will make his Pro Bowl debut this season. Here’s what Rosenthal had to say:
“Before a lacerated kidney ended his season, Allen recorded the third-most receptions in NFL history through eight games. He’s not an easy receiver to categorize or cover because of his great hands, great routes and ability to make catches in difficult positions. Allen and Philip Rivers could be one of the funkiest and most productive tandems in football.”
I 100 percent agree with Rosenthal. Allen was a huge part of Philip Rivers’ “comeback” in 2013, and he bounced back in 2015 after a mediocre sophomore campaign. Allen was on pace for 134 catches last season if not for that aforementioned season-ending injury he suffered in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s always wrong to assume, but I’m confident in saying that there was a very good chance he would have continued his destruction in the secondary and racked up the votes for the 2016 Pro Bowl. Also, it would have likely silenced those who believe he’s only a No. 2 receiver. Even with the plethora of weapons at Rivers’ disposal, look for Allen to still put up big numbers .
But the Pro Bowl is months away. As of right now, Allen has apparently been bringing the heat at organized team activities (OTAs).
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) May 31, 2016
Let’s just hope the new bearded one can stay healthy for the 2016 season.