Did you get your votes in for this year’s Pro Bowl?
On Tuesday night, the NFL released its annual Pro Bowl roster and the Los Angeles Chargers had four players make the All-Star game. Philip Rivers, Joey Bosa, Keenan Allen and Casey Hayward made the team after having great seasons.
But where the heck is Melvin Ingram?
Ingram has had arguably his best season in the league and there’s still two games to play. He is tied for No. 10 in the league with 10 sacks on the season and he’s also recovered two fumbles. Think back to the Chargers’ first win of the season against the New York Giants. They don’t get that win without he efforts of Ingram.
He has applied consistent pressure on the quarterback this season and has been perhaps the best player on a strong defensive unit in Los Angeles. Sure, Bosa has more sacks with 11.5, but isn’t that at least in part due to the attention that opponents have to go Ingram? It’s hard not to see both guys get to Orlando.
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Rivers will be going to his seventh Pro Bowl while Hayward was selected for the second year in a row. Bosa and Allen will each be making their debut in the annual event. For Allen, that is even more impressive considering that he had played in a total of eight games over the course of the last two seasons.
So for the most part, these rosters shake out pretty accurately. But Ingram is a glaring omission.
Nick Shook of NFL.com listed his biggest snubs here, and Ingram isn’t even one of those, even though he was selected as a first alternate.
If you would have asked Chargers fans to name the four players who were selected to the Pro Bowl before they were announced, a good portion of them would have likely included Ingram on that list.
There is a list of players who are snubbed a selection in the Pro Bowl every year and almost always, those players have a great argument as to why they should be in. This time around, Ingram’s argument is as strong as any.