No Giants named to Pro Bowl for second time in three years

For the second time in three years, the New York Giants will not be represented at the NFL Pro Bowl.

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For the second time in three seasons, the New York Giants will not be represented at the Pro Bowl.

The NFL officially announced the 2022 Pro Bowl rosters on Wednesday night and to little surprise, the Giants were blanked across the board. The closest player to cracking the NFC roster was kicker Graham Gano, who came in second-place in fan voting.

In 2020, cornerback James Bradberry and tight end Evan Engram were each named to the Pro Bowl but the game was cancelled due to COVID-19. The team had no representatives in 2019.

That’s not to say the Giants didn’t have players deserving of the honor, however.

Despite their 4-10 record, the aforementioned Gano, safety Xavier McKinney, left tackle Andrew Thomas and special teamer Cam Brown have all played at a high level this season. All received some fan votes but not enough to make a difference.

The lack of Pro Bowlers speaks to the limitations of the Giants’ current roster. Their highly-paid superstars didn’t even draw any consideration and the same will stand true when the All-Pro rosters are announced next month.

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Giants’ James Bradberry, Evan Engram named to 2021 Pro Bowl

New York Giants CB James Bradberry and TE Evan Engram have been named to the 2021 Pro Bowl.

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The New York Giants will send two players to the virtual Pro Bowl in 2021, and one of them is a name you may not have expected to see.

Tight end Evan Engram, who has struggled throughout the season and is among the league leaders in drops, has been named to his first Pro Bowl.

“When they announced that, I was like, ‘That would be crazy if I made the Pro Bowl and we don’t even play the Pro Bowl,'” Engram said, via Giants.com. “But I think they’re doing some Madden tournament. I’ve been playing a lot of Madden lately, so hopefully I can go win that.”

In 14 games this season, Engram has hauled in 54 receptions for 572 yards and one touchdown.

“I’m really just truly thankful,” Engram said. “Just blessed and thankful for just the whole process that I’ve been through. This past year has been hard for literally everybody. Me and my mom were talking about it this weekend.”

Meanwhile, veteran cornerback James Bradberry, one of the Giants’ best offseason additions, has also been named to his first Pro Bowl.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Bradberry said. “That’s on everyone’s, I wouldn’t call it a bucket list, but it’s on their goal list, to be Pro Bowl, to be All-Pro, just be the best in the game. I try not to think about it too much. I just try to go out there and play my best and just let the chips fall where they may.”

Bradberry is second in the NFL with 17 passes defensed this season, adding 47 tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. However, his greatest impact came when he wasn’t on the field in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns — it highlighted just how important he is to Patrick Graham’s defense.

“It definitely means a lot that I made it,” Bradberry said. “I try not to put too much emphasis on it beforehand because I just felt like it was something I couldn’t control. The one thing I can control is how I play on the field, and that’s what I try to control. But, of course, I wanted to be a Pro Bowler, so it feels good to be recognized as one.”

Unfortunately, after leading Pro Bowl voting at free safety for several weeks, veteran Logan Ryan did not make the initial cut. Linebacker Blake Martinez, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and kicker Graham Gano were also snubbed.

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Giants’ Logan Ryan still leads NFC free safeties in Pro Bowl voting

New York Giants veteran defensive back Logan Ryan continues to lead all NFC free safeties in Pro Bowl voting.

With two weeks remaining in the voting, New York Giants safety Logan Ryan leads all NFC Free safeties in the latest voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl.

Ryan, signed as free agent for one year at $5.05 million right before the season, was not originally in the Giants’ plans but several events (Xavier McKinney’s injury, Sam Beal’s opt-out and DeAndre Baker’s legal issues) left the team short in the secondary causing them to turn to the 29-year-old veteran.

It is was one of the wisest move they’ve made in years. Ryan has been a huge reason the Giants defense has made a resurgence. He is second on the team in tackles (65 total) and passes defensed (8) and leads the club with three forced fumbles.

Ryan also leads NFL defensive backs with seven forced fumbles since the start of the 2019 season.

The New Jersey native is happy to be a Giant and they are pleased to have him. He has become a leader in his short time here with Big Blue.

“I’m Jersey made, it’s been a blessing for me to be here,” Ryan said after the Giants’ 19-17 victory over Cincinnati last Sunday. “A lot of things had to happen for me personally in free agency for this situation to come up. As we know, it’s been an extremely weird year, but I always trust the process, trust where I’m at, I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time. Free agency, the question is going to come up time and time again, but we don’t even know the salary cap for next year. I have 30-something days left in this regular season and I’ve made the postseason a lot in my career, and it’s one game at a time for me.

“I told these guys before the [Bengals] game that winning is a mentality, you have to wake up like a winner, move like a winner, practice like a winner. We’re starting to move like winners, play like winners, starting to believe that we can win each and every game. I think that takes time; it has to be developed. I think we’re developing it for sure, I’m proud of the group and I’m proud of the win today.”

The 2021 Pro Bowl game will not be played due to COVID-19 concerns. The game was originally scheduled for January 31 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada — home of the Las Vegas Raiders — but are replacing it with an alternative week-long virtual event featuring the Pro Bowl rosters being played on the popular video game, Madden NFL 21.

From the NFL:

Fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17. ​

Through the end of the voting period on December 17, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 18.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. The roster reveal will be aired on NFL Network in late December.

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2021 Pro Bowl ballot snubs Trey Hendrickson, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders

The 2021 Pro Bowl ballot failed to list New Orleans Saints playmakers like Trey Hendrickson and Emmanuel Sanders, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

The NFL revealed its 2021 Pro Bowl ballot (the numbering convention still doesn’t really make sense, does it?), and there are plenty of familiar names for New Orleans Saints to vote for. Pro Bowl veterans like Drew Brees (13 Pro Bowl nods), Cameron Jordan (5 appearances), Alvin Kamara (3 trips in 3 years in the NFL) each made the list of nominees alongside their teammates, including special teams aces Wil Lutz, Deonte Harris, and J.T. Gray, each of whom were selected for last year’s all-star event. 11 different Saints players were voted into the 2020 game, second-most in the league (the Baltimore Ravens had 13).

But there were a couple of glaring snubs: defensive end Trey Hendrickson and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders top the list, as were nickel back C.J. Gardner-Johnson and fullback Michael Burton. It’s ridiculous that Hendrickson didn’t get a mention. He’s tied with Jason Pierre-Paul for the sixth-most sacks in the league (7.5) but technically hasn’t been a starter with Marcus Davenport back in the lineup. The same issue holds true on offense, where Sanders has taken a backseat to Tre’Quan Smith, apparently because Smith plays more frequently, though not as well.

Another problem is the antiquated roster setup that puts players with very different responsibilities in conflict with each other, like outside linebacker Demario Davis, who is competing for votes against pass rushers like Khalil Mack and Bud Dupree. The issue is compounded by the NFL treating it as if every team fields three linebackers on a majority of downs. If the system they’re using makes backup linebacker Kaden Elliss (5 snaps played) eligible for the Pro Bowl and not Gardner-Johnson (503 snaps played), well, it clearly has some bugs to work out.

Now that our gripes are out of the way: here’s which Saints players you can actually vote for to be recognized at this year’s Pro Bowl, listed in order of appearance on the ballot:

5 Giants who deserve Pro Bowl consideration

As the New York Giants head into their Week 11 bye, here’s a look at five of their players who deserve Pro Bowl consideration.

We’re going into Week 11 already which means there are six or seven games remaining for each team. It also means Pro Bowl voting is underway and will conclude on December 12.

The results will be announced on the NFL Network on December 17. For the record, the Pro Bowl game, which was scheduled to be played in Las Vegas on January 26, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

So, that aside, how many (if any) New York Giants could be named this year? Let’s take a quick look.

Nick Saban: Giants’ Joe Judge, Xavier McKinney equipped for success

Alabama’s Nick Saban believes coach Joe Judge and safety Xavier McKinney are equipped for success and will serve the New York Giants well.

Before becoming a three-time Super Bowl champion under Bill Belichick in New England, current New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was winning a pair of national championships at Alabama under Nick Saban.

That pedigree should serve Judge well, but don’t compare him to Belichick or Saban.

Judge has made it very clear he’ll be his own man in the NFL, and Saban believes it’s only fair to allow the first-year coach to carve his own path.

“I don’t think it’s really fair that when you have former assistants on your staff they get compared to their mentors because we all have different situations,” Saban told Giants.com. “We’ve had the chance to establish our program, establish our team, get the kind of players that we wanted. When you come into a new situation, you’ve got to, number one, be yourself, be who you are. Don’t try to be somebody else and do things the way you want to do them and get the kind of players that you want. It takes some time to build that.

“I don’t fully know the Giants situation – when we’re in college, we don’t get to see the NFL games all the time on Sunday because we work – but I know Joe will do a really good job of doing that. But I think that’s the most important thing. Don’t try to be like somebody else. Be who you are.”

Saban also believes that Judge’s time in Tuscaloosa will serve him well in the NFL, and that it’s little surprise his career has taken this sort of trajectory.

“When Joe was here, he was a young guy, very bright, enthusiastic, great teacher, really good relationships with the players, had lots of leadership qualities about him because of the example that he set and the energy and the enthusiasm he had on a daily basis,” Saban said. “And he was really smart. He had a good understanding of football. So no surprise to me that Joe has gotten to this point in his career, and we certainly wish him well. He did a fantastic job here for us.”

One thing that will benefit Judge as a first-year head coach is the addition of safety Xavier McKinney, another Alabama product Saban expects to excel in the NFL.

“I think Xavier has a lot of diversity as a player,” Saban said. “He can play man-to-man, he’s got pretty good ball judgment, he’s a good tackler, he’s got a lot of toughness, he’s a very instinctive and effective blitzer. He’s got some burst and acceleration to come off the edge or blitz up the middle and he’s got enough power to take on a blocker if he needs to. So he can do just about all the critical factors in terms of what we look for in a safety here. As he got experience, he was smart enough to be able to play multiple positions.

“I think the guy’s got some dog in him. He’s a competitive guy. He’s a playmaker. We have a production point system here that we use, and he was always high on that board because he forces fumbles, shows up in the right place, does a good job of executing. He’s instinctive, he’s a quick reactor, he’s got a burst. He can be a knock-back tackler. So he’s always been a real playmaker for us and it comes in a lot of different ways, but that’s probably his greatest strength – his production.”

If Judge and McKinney can bring even a small sliver of Alabama’s success to East Rutherford, Giants Nation is in excellent hands.

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Giants’ Saquon Barkley: I wasn’t deserving of Pro Bowl

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley was not named to the 2019-2020 Pro Bowl and that’s fine because he doesn’t think he deserved it anyway.

For the first time since 1996, the New York Giants will not be sending a single representative to the Pro Bowl unless one of their two deep alternates somehow make the final cut.

One of those alternates, punter Riley Dixon (fourth), is absolutely deserving of making the All-Star roster, but the other, running back Saquon Barkley (sixth), insists he’s not.

“The Pro Bowl is dope. I went there last year, it’s an awesome experience,” Barkley told reporters. “It’s not the end all be all. I don’t think that I was even anywhere close or deserved to being in the Pro Bowl. Not shocked at that. Congrats to all of the running backs that it made, they had a heck of a year.”

Missing out on the Pro Bowl isn’t something that’s going to motivate Barkley going into the offseason, however. Rather, missing the playoffs for the second time in his young career is what’s got him craving better things.

“Does it motivate me? No. What motivates me is that we’re going home in two weeks. That’s the only motivation that I have. We’re not in the playoff run, we’re not having the chance of the playoffs. That’s going to be my motivation this offseason,” Barkley said.

Barkley hasn’t had an awful season despite the perceptions, but it’s still nowhere close to what he’s capable or what we saw from him as a rookie in 2018.

In 11 games this season, Barkley has gained 722 yards and scored four touchdowns while averaging 4.1 yards per carry, adding an additional 45 receptions for 323 yards and one touchdowns through the air. And in typical Barkley fashion, he has not lost a fumble.

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No Giants named to Pro Bowl for first time since 1996

For the first time since 1996, the New York Giants will go unrepresented at the Pro Bowl.

The New York Giants are a bad football team here in 2019, but just how bad are they?

Well, that was put into context on Tuesday night as the 2019-2020 Pro Bowl rosters were announced and the Giants were one of just two teams (Miami Dolphins) who did not have a single representative.

Furthermore, it is the first time since 1996 that the Giants will not be represented in the NFL’s annual All-Star game.

We here at Giants Wire broke down a list of Giants who should be considered on Tuesday morning and of that group, only punter Riley Dixon drew a nod. He has been named a second alternate.

Additionally, running back Saquon Barkley, who did not make our list despite his league-wide popularity, has also been named a fourth alternate.

Both Dixon and Barkley could earn a spot on the team if several players ahead of them drop out of the Pro Bowl due to injury or success (ie. reaching the Super Bowl), but at least in the case of Barkley, that seems unlikely.

It’s also worth noting that not one Giants player finished inside the top 10 in fan voting at any position — a real sign of how far this franchise has fallen.

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