It’s that time of year again. The NFL announced that Pro Bowl voting is now live for fans. The one-month voting window runs from Novemeber 12 to December 12 and fans can use NFL.com/ProBowlVote to cast theirs – preferably for your favorite Buccaneers.
Fan voting can help get standout performers into the game held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 26, 2020. Wide receiver Mike Evans was the most recent Buccaneer to be selected to the game after recording 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2018 season. He’s making a case to be selected again this year, amassing 924 yards through nine games with a league-leading seven touchdowns. He’s on the verge of his sixth 1,000-yard season to start his career, putting him in the sole company of Randy Moss for the only to players to ever accomplish the feat in NFL history.
His fellow wideout Chris Godwin is having his own stellar year – the tandem is the best duo in the league, currently, with Godwin adding 840 yards to Evans’ total. It’s just two yards shy of his 2018 total of 842 and Godwin still has seven more games. He’s on pace for 1,493 yards and 107 catches this season.
The defensive side of the ball isn’t without its fair share of Pro Bowl-worthy candidates. Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett comes to mind immediately. He has 11.5 sacks on the season, the most of any player in the league. He had nine sacks through the first four games, tying a league record. He’s shattered franchise records left and right as a result as he continues his tear.
That brings me to my next and perhaps most pressing plea: GET LAVONTE DAVID TO THE PRO BOWL. Seriously, just do it. He forced his 19th fumble in Week 10’s win over the Arizona Cardinals and recovered it, too. It gave him his 14th fumble recovery, surpassing J.J. Watt for the most since they both entered the league in 2012 of any player in the league. That’s one example. He’s got countless more and there’s no one more deserving of the nod than David, in my opinion. He’s only been to the Pro Bowl once in 2015, despite earning All-Pro honors in 2013.
There are countless other Buccaneers who deserve the honor, too. Center Ryan Jensen, left guard Ali Marpet and left tackle Donovan Smith all come to mind. So does defensive tackle Vita Vea. Either way, make sure you vote – here’s the link again.