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Which Broncos deserve a Pro Bowl nod?

The annual game isn’t going to be played this season (no big loss) but the team will be named. Which Broncos are worthy?

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The NFL announced that there would be no Pro Bowl played in 2021, but there would be a team named.

Sounds good to me. The Pro Bowl game the last decade has been worthless, but I’m for naming top players in the league for a sort of “dream team.” And even though the entire selection process is silly and players named to the upcoming Pro Bowl are usually put there because of last season’s performance, it’s still a fun exercise...and in a season like this, nothing wrong with some fun.

And so it is time to vote for any Broncos deserving of the honor.

Coach Vic Fangio was asked which Broncos he would nominate, and he admitted a little bias.

“Obviously, being the coach of the team, I’m going to go overboard,” he said. “[Garett] Bolles, [Dalton] Risner—obviously in the o-line are two guys that I think would deserve consideration. [Graham] Glasgow possibly, but he’s missed a few of these games. I think Shelby [Harris] was playing very well, obviously he’s going to miss three games—that always hurts a little bit. Bradley [Chubb] is doing well. I think Bryce [Callahan] is doing well. Both safeties, Kareem [Jackson] and Justin [Simmons] are doing well. Both inside linebackers are playing good for us, ‘AJ’ (Alexander Johnson) and Josey [Jewell]. I believe all of those guys—and [K] Brandon McManus, obviously—I think deserves strong consideration.”

I wouldn’t go quite as “overboard” as Fangio; after all, the team is 3-6 so not all those players are playing Pro Bowl-caliber football right now in my opinion.

But if I were selecting deserving Broncos, I’d easily include Shelby Harris and Bryce Callahan and would add Alexander Johnson and Justin Simmons too.

Somewhat ironically, I think the only potentially deserving player is the guy most maligned in years past - Garett Bolles. I would also give a nod to Graham Glasgow. Dalton Risner has struggled this season, and I know it’s largely due to helping a rookie center, but I don’t think his season quite merits the Pro Bowl designation in spite of the rationale.

But the truly most deserving player is Brandon McManus. With almost 100 percent accuracy (missing just one field goal), McManus’ 18 field goals and 16 extra points in nine games, make him the top scorer on the team (which is both awesome and sad).

Which Broncos would you send to the virtual Pro Bowl this season?

Poll

Which Broncos earn a nod to the 2021 Pro Bowl?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Bryce Callahan
    (59 votes)
  • 4%
    Shelby Harris
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Alexander Johnson
    (4 votes)
  • 7%
    Justin Simmons
    (33 votes)
  • 38%
    Brandon McManus
    (177 votes)
  • 17%
    Garett Bolles
    (82 votes)
  • 0%
    "Shasta" (other)
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    "Whorfin" (all of the above)
    (22 votes)
  • 12%
    "jmac-31" (some but not all of the above)
    (56 votes)
458 votes total Vote Now

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