Demaryius Thomas was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate this year, and will replace Antonio Brown who declined due to injury.
This is Thomas’ 5th straight Pro Bowl appearance, following his 5th straight 1,000 yard season. Just another feather in the cap of what is shaping up to be an incredible career for the Georgia Tech product.
It’s great to know going into next season that whoever starts at QB will have two of the leagues best receivers catching their passes.
Speaking of quarterbacks....
Our very own Trevor Siemian was invited to the Pro Bowl as an alternate as well. Although Siemian declined due to shoulder surgery, he would have joined Phillip Rivers, Andy Dalton, and Alex Smith (who are replacing original selections, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger) as the AFC representatives.
Finding quarterbacks to play in the Pro Bowl always proves difficult as Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, and Tyrod Taylor all declined their invites.
When asked about being selected, Siemian mentioned how honored he was to be considered:
"When I first heard about it, I thought they must know I'm originally from Orlando and it would be easy to plug me in for the game,'' Siemian said, via 9News. "But obviously, it was really cool and a huge honor. It would have been cool to play with everyone I respect, especially our own guys who are going to be there. It was still an awesome honor.''
Broncos may want to give Lynch every chance to start in 2017, but it won't be easy overtaking Pro Bowl alternate-caliber Siemian. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 24, 2017
All together, Denver now has six players (Aqib Talib, Von Miller, Chris Harris, Darian Stewart, Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas) attending the Pro Bowl, which is a league best.