The Titans will be sending three players to the Pro Bowl in Orlando next month, assuming they aren’t prepping for a certain game in Atlanta instead (hey, a guy can dream, right?). All three were selected as starters despite not finishing in the top 10 at their respective positions in the fan vote. That shows the respect these guys have among their peers and coaches around the league.
Jurrell Casey will be making his 4th consecutive appearance in the NFL’s all-star game, the most consecutive appearances of any player in the Titans Era. It’s a well-deserved honor for Tennessee’s star defensive lineman. He leads the team in both sacks (7) and tackles for loss (11). Casey is joined by the Bengals Geno Atkins and the Steelers Cameron Heyward on the AFC’s defensive line.
Taylor Lewan was selected to his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl for his work in 2018. After becoming the highest paid offensive lineman in the league right before the start of the season, Lewan has largely lived up to his new deal despite dealing with some nagging injuries throughout the season. He’s allowed just 2 sacks in 395 pass block snaps and ranks 12th in PFF’s pass block efficiency metric. He’s also consistently the Titans best run blocker up front. He will be joined by the Steelers Alejandro Villanueva and the Chiefs Eric Fisher at tackle for the AFC.
Finally, punter Brett Kern was selected to his 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl. He ranks 4th in the NFL in punting average at 47.5 yards per punt and 6th in the league with 29 punts downed inside the 20. Kern is the only punter on the AFC’s roster.
All these guys are very deserving. The Titans also had four players named as Pro Bowl Alternates: Kevin Byard, Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry, and Wesley Woodyard. I personally believe Byard should have been in, but Eric Weddle and Derwin James have both had excellent years as well.
The biggest Titans snub to me might be Jayon Brown though. The Titans second year linebacker has been outstanding all year and ranks 2nd on the team in virtually every defensive category.