Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pro Bowl

Who's going to the Pro Bowl?

December, 25, 2013
The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Friday. But let’s have a little fun in the meantime.

Let’s take a look at which Tampa Bay Buccaneers might end up in Hawaii. I’m thinking the Bucs have five candidates, so let’s run through them.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Logic says McCoy should get his second straight Pro Bowl berth. He has a career-high nine sacks.

Linebacker Lavonte David. Another candidate with very strong credentials. David isn’t a household name among fans, but he should get plenty of votes from coaches and players around the league.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis. His reputation is stellar and his play in his first season with Tampa Bay has been solid. Revis has a good shot of ending up in the Pro Bowl.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson. He’s been one of the few bright spots on the offense. Jackson’s numbers are good, but not off the charts and that might keep him out of the Pro Bowl.

Safety Mark Barron. The coaching staff and front office believe Barron has really blossomed in his second season. He’s played very well, but still isn’t well known around the league. He could be a season away from being a strong candidate for the Pro Bowl.

Buccaneers making Pro Bowl push

December, 11, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- When I walked into One Buccaneer Place this morning, there was a gift from the media relations department on my desk -- and every other desk in the media room.

It was a spiffy pamphlet highlighting Tampa Bay’s Pro Bowl candidates. Linebacker Lavonte David, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receiver Vincent Jackson and safety Mark Barron are featured in the document, which lists their statistics.

When the early results of Pro Bowl fan voting were released last week, the Bucs had only two players (Revis and David) among the top 10 at their respective positions. That’s why it’s a smart move by the Bucs to try to get the word out about these guys.

I think there’s no question that David and McCoy are having Pro Bowl seasons. Same for Revis, who has been as good as advertised. Jackson and Barron are having nice seasons, but their numbers aren’t outrageous.

The key for any of the Bucs to make the Pro Bowl will be the voting by coaches and players. Revis is a household name, but David and McCoy have lower profiles. David and McCoy should get more attention from coaches and players because they’re respected throughout the league.