The AFC North Division Champion Baltimore Ravens placed six players on this year's AFC roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl, including four that are starters. The Ravens six players, ranked as fourth most for any team this season, behind only the 49'ers (9), Texans (8) and Patriots (7).
Baltimore's four starters in the Pro Bowl will be KR Jacoby Jones, FB Vonta Leach, S Ed Reed, and G Marshal Yanda. Jones, who signed a two year contract with the Ravens prior to this season, is the lone first timer among Baltimore's Pro Bowl invitees and has had a great season returning kicks and punts. Jacoby has three total return touchdowns with two kickoff returns and one punt return, which was the lone touchdown in the 13-10 win at Pittsburgh in week 11 for the Ravens. Leach will be going to his third Pro Bowl, and second as a Raven, and not only has shined blocking for 1,000 yard rusher Ray Rice, but has also reeled in 20 catches for 141 yards. Reed, although not having a typical season for the future hall of famer, is a Pro Bowl selection for the seventh straight year and ninth overall, while Yanda is going to his second straight.
The Ravens also placed two players on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster as reserves in Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata. Rice has rushed for over 1,000 yards for the fourth consecutive season and will be making his third trip to Honolulu, and second straight. Ngata is perhaps the most controversial of the Ravens selected as he has not had that good of a season as he has been dealing with knee and shoulder issues most of the season, but his five sacks and 51 tackles was good enough for to garner him his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection.
Odds are, Baltimore will plant a seventh player on the Pro Bowl roster, as S Bernard Pollard was named a first alternate, and if one safety decides not to or can't play, Pollard will be enjoying sunny Hawaii. It is not inexcusable to believe that Reed may in fact not make the trip, which would allow Pollard to go in his place.
Jones selection is a definite feel good story after the Texans basically kicked him to the curb after last season, as he has made a huge difference in the return game for the Ravens as well as the receiving core. It is highly plausible that Jones will also garner some Comeback Player of the Year votes, but that award will obviously go to Peyton Manning.
The Pro Bowl will be played on January 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii and Ravens fans are hoping not to see any Baltimore players there, as the Super Bowl is the following week.
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