Former Badgers Melvin Gordon, JJ Watt Make NFL Pro Bowl

Former Badgers Melvin Gordon, JJ Watt Make NFL Pro Bowl

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Former Badgers Melvin Gordon, JJ Watt Make NFL Pro Bowl

After missing being teammates at the University of Wisconsin by one season, tailback Melvin Gordon and defensive end J.J. Watt will finally get a chance to wear the same uniform.

Both former Badgers were rewarded for their spectacular 2018 seasons by being named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Tuesday, as Gordon was one of seven Los Angeles Chargers selected and Watt was one of four Houston Texans.

The game will be on January 27, 2019, in Orlando.

Despite missing four games this season, Gordon has amassed 1,255 yards from scrimmage (802 rushing yards, 453 receiving yards on 44 catches) and career bests in total touchdowns (13) and yards per carry (5.2). Being selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time, Gordon currently is tied for second in the NFL with 82 points.

After being limited to only eight games the last two seasons, Watt has been himself in the conversation for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of The Year has recorded 14.5 sacks (joint second in the NFL), four defended passes, 24 quarterback hits, and a career-high six forced fumbles. Watt made annual appearances in the Pro Bowl from 2012 to 2015.

Gordon’s Chargers (11-3) have clinched at least a wild card spot while Watt’s Texans (10-4) currently sit as the No.2 seed in the AFC, even though they haven’t officially clinched a playoff spot.

One surprising snub is Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt. Per the Steelers, Watt is the only NFL linebacker to have at least 55 Total Tackles (58) 10.0 Sacks (11.0) 10 Tackles for Losses (11) in 2018. The second-year player also has 20 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one blocked field goal on the season.

Another snub is New Orleans Saints’ tackle Ryan Ramczyk, according to Saints Wire. Ramczyk was drafted two spots behind T.J. Watt at the end of the first round and has been anchored the tackle spot for the current top seed in the NFC.

“All Ryan Ramczyk has done all year is destroy opponents and keep quarterback Drew Brees clean. That should be enough to get Pro Bowl consideration,” the site said. “But he’s been held to a different standard, dinged for one poor outing against a Defensive Player of the Year runner-up in Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence, and left by the wayside while injured teammate Terron Armstead was let in. That’s not to knock Armstead – but shouldn’t the player who’s stayed on the field and arguably played at a higher level get greater consideration?”

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