The NFL announced its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday night and the NFC crew did not include any Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Buccaneers will be completely absent from the all-star game for the first time since the 2009 season, as Pro Bowl rosters tend to evolve over the course of weeks due to injuries and playoff implications.
As such, the Buccaneers will keep an eye on the all-star status of wide receiver Mike Evans and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, both of whom were identified as Pro Bowl alternates by the NFL on Tuesday. Evans is a first alternate, which means he would be added to the roster if any of the four NFC Pro Bowl receivers revealed on Tuesday night were to pull out of the game. Pierre-Paul is a third alternate behind the three defensive ends selected in the NFC.
Evans is second in both the NFC and the NFL in receiving yards behind Atlanta's Julio Jones, with a career-best 1,328 on 74 catches. His average of 17.9 yards per catch is the best among all NFL players with at least 50 receptions this season. Evans, who is just the third player in league history to begin his career with five straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, made his first Pro Bowl after the 2016 season.
Pierre-Paul, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants in March, is seventh in the NFC in sacks with 11.5, which ranks fifth among conference defensive ends. He has also recorded 50 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 19 quarterback hits, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Pierre-Paul made two Pro Bowls during his eight years with the Giants, following the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The 2019 Pro Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, January 27.