The Detroit Lions will have three representatives in the 2021 Pro Bowl. The NFL announced on Monday evening the roster for both the AFC and NFC teams, and three Lions players made the cut for the NFC: tight end T.J. Hockenson, center Frank Ragnow and punter Jack Fox.
Three Pro Bowlers is the most on a Lions roster since 2014, when the 11-5 Lions sent five to the Pro Bow: Calvin Johnson, Glover Quin, Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh and Golden Tate.
Hockenson currently leads all NFC tight ends with 675 receiving yards and he’s sixth in the NFL in touchdowns (six). He is denoted as the starting tight end on the NFC roster with Giants tight end Evan Engram listed as the backup.
Ragnow earned his spot on the Pro Bowl as a backup behind Eagles center Jason Kelce. The Lions’ 2018 first-round pick is currently PFF’s second-highest graded center with a 80.6 overall grade.
Finally, punter Jack Fox is the only punter on the NFC roster despite finishing behind Rams Johnny Hekker in fan voting. Fox is currently third in overall punting average, and second in net punting average.
For all three players, this is the first time they’ve been voted into the Pro Bowl. And considering all three players are 24 years old or younger, this bodes well for their futures.
However, these players will not be traveling to Hawaii or Las Vegas or Orlando this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 Pro Bowl will be held virtually and include players facing off in Madden 21.