The NFL announced three New England Patriots have been awarded a spot in the Pro Bowl, including Matthew Slater, J.C. Jackson, and Matt Judon.
Judon quickly bursted onto the scene in Week 1 of the preseason as an electrifying pass rusher, after signing a four-year deal in the offseason. The linebacker has tallied 12.5 sacks, 3 more than he’s ever had in a season yet there’s still three games left — while slating a PFF pass rush grade of 76.6.
Jackson is nearing his interception total from last season, nine, as he has seven picks on the season and has been New England’s best defensive back of the past two seasons.
Slater, the fan favorite special teamer is still one of the Patriots’ most under appreciated players, as the trusty 36-year-old has . He’s had three solo tackles on the year, and has appeared in 88% of Patriots special teams snaps. The 14-year veteran has been named an all-pro every year since 2011, and it will be his 10th Pro Bowl selection.
Many thought Adrian Phillips, who’s had a breakout year with New England, was robbed of a Pro Bowl selection. The safety has four interceptions this season, and has led New England’s defense with a PFF grade of 83.5.