The NFL released the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters that will take place in Orlando, Florida on January 27, 2019.
The Houston Texans have several players that have displayed not only the talent but the production to be recognized in the 2019 Pro Bowl next month in Orlando, Florida. Four Texans’ were announced to the AFC roster, the Texans announced that wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney, and defensive end J.J. Watt were chosen.
Hopkins will be the only player representing the Texans on offense and subsequently the only starter from the offense on the AFC team. Clowney will be starting at outside linebacker meanwhile Watt will be one of the starting defensive ends on the AFC team. McKinney will serve as one of the backups at inside linebacker.
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McKinney will be going to his first Pro Bowl since entering the league in 2015, Hopkins and Clowney will be going to their third meanwhile Watt will be going to his fifth. The Texans also have several players that will be on the Pro Bowl alternate list in case players listed on the initial roster aren’t able to attend. The Texans list consist of quarterback Deshaun Watson, free safety Tyrann Mathieu, running back Lamar Miller and defensive back Kareem Jackson.
Jackson and Mathieu had valid reasons to be upset as they’re at playing at a high level in their respective positions and have played a huge factor in why the Texans have the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL. The defense is only allowing opposing offenses to score an average of 20.1 points per game.
Another player left entirely out of the conversation for a Pro Bowl selection was Texans kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, he leads all kickers in the NFL with field goals attempted with 39 and with field goals made with 34. Fairbarn’s 136 points scored also lead the league. Ironically, the player that was chosen over Fairbairn for the 2019 Pro Bowl was no other than New York Jets kicker Jason Myers.
Fairbairn outplayed him last week going 5-for-5 on his field goal kicks and 2-for-2 on his extra points meanwhile Myers was 1-for-1 on his field goals and was 1-for-3 on his extra point attempts. For the season, Myers has made 31 of his 33 field goals, but his bad performance against a direct competitor shouldn’t be rewarded with a Pro Bowl selection. The Texans four Pro Bowl selection for the AFC team are only behind the Los Angeles Changers (7), Pittsburgh Steelers, and Kansas City Chiefs (6).