On Tuesday evening, the NFL announced its 2019 Pro Bowl selections, and the Chicago Bears were well-represented with three selections and three alternates named to the annual pro football all-star game.
Khalil Mack earned his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection despite having what some have considered a down year.
Battling double and triple-team pass blocking assignments in the absence of defensive-lineman Akiem Hicks for the majority of the season, Mack has seen his sack production shrink from 12.5 in 2018 to 7.5 through 14 games in 2019.
Mack has 42 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, four pass defenses and five forced fumbles in 2019.
Fellow defensive player Eddie Jackson was also named to the Pro Bowl, marking his second consecutive selection. Jackson has 57 tackles, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one interception.
Special-teamer Cordarrelle Patterson rounds out the Bears’ traditional selections and arguably had as good of a season as any of the trio. Despite being limited to just 16 targets as a wide receiver in 2019, he caught ten of those 16 targets for 78 yards (7.8 YPC).
Patterson also carried the ball 14 times as a running back, picking up 73 yards at 5.2 yards per carry. At 6.3 yards per touch on offense, one can only wonder why Matt Nagy failed to incorporate the speedster into his largely inept offensive attack more this season.
But the special teams game was where Patterson really earned his keep, racking up a league-high 799 return yards on just 27 returns (29.6 Y/RT) through 14 games.
In week seven against the New Orleans Saints, Patterson hit the ol’ Millenium Falcon Lightspeed switch when he hit sprint speeds of over 20 miles per hour on his way to a thrilling 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which was the lone bright spot in that Saints game.
Pro Bowl players are selected by the consensus votes of fans, players, and coaches, with each group accounting for one-third of the vote.
With Michael Thomas (133 REC, 1,552 YDS), Julio Jones (82 REC, 1,150 YDS), Chris Godwin (86 REC, 1,333 YDS) and Mike Evans (67 REC, 1,157 YDS) — Robinson definitely has a legitimate snub case this year.
Robinson was as good, if not better than Julio Jones and Mike Evans.
Through 14 games, Robinson has logged a career-high 83 catches, good for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns, marking his best season since his 2015 Pro Bowl campaign.
Not only has Robinson been the most dangerous offensive weapon for the Bears, but he’s also done much of his damage when it mattered most, torching the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 14 catches and 227 yards in two games this season.
Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel (cumulatively) have completed 327 passes for 3,209 yards and 20 touchdowns. Robinson has accounted for 25 percent of those completions, 32 percent of the team’s passing yards, and 35 percent of the team’s passing touchdowns.
It was a deep year for NFC receivers, but Robinson’s numbers and value should have minimally netted him an alternate selection to the league’s all-star event. Unfortunately for Robinson — much like the Bears season as a whole — it’s better luck next year.
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