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2024 Pro Bowl snubs: Detroit Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown tops list

Lions’ wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and running back Jahmyr Gibbs headline a long list of players snubbed in this year’s Pro Bowl voting.

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Unfortunately for most, it’s that time of year again. The time when, inevitably, fans from every single fanbase in the NFL get bothered about some of their favorite players being left off this year’s Pro Bowl rosters.

And even in a year in which they were one of the better teams in the league, the Detroit Lionswho had five players making the 2024 Pro Bowl — still had players snubbed. We’re talking players who are extremely essential to the Lions on the field, and who are also some of the best at their respective positions. Players like wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery.

Let’s start with the Sun God. Now in his third year in Detroit, St. Brown has firmly cemented himself among the game’s elite at the receiver position. Since the middle of his rookie season, St. Brown has been a favorite of quarterback Jared Goff’s, and it certainly shows in his production—112 catches, 1,371 yards, and nine touchdowns with another regular season game to go.

With all of that said, the receivers who made the NFC squad are hard to argue with. CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys, A.J. Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Puka Nacua of the Los Angeles Rams were all certainly deserving. Still, leaving St. Brown off the NFC roster is nasty work.

Like St. Brown, Gibbs is a first alternate for the NFC roster, but still—he has been the most explosive running back in football this season, on one of the most efficient offenses! Averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 169 attempts is crazy efficient. What else do we need to see from a rookie running back?

Keeping it in the offensive backfield, Lions’ running back David Montgomery is another who deserves a trip to Las Vegas. 975 yards on 209 attempts and 12 touchdowns should be good enough to have earned him a spot.

Among those who did earn a spot—Christian McCaffery of the San Francisco 49ers, Kyren Williams of the Los Angeles Rams, and D’Andre Swift of the Philadelphia Eagles. Of those three, there are two backs I certainly think you could argue either of Detroit’s backs making the cut over, and neither of them are McCaffery.

At the end of the day, none of this matters all that much. The Pro Bowl is still somewhat of a popularity contest. But make no mistake about it, Pro Bowl honors matter to the players. It’s a fun trip for them, especially younger guys who have not yet been selected for a Pro Bowl. But fortunately for players like Gibbs, there will likely be plenty of opportunities moving forward.

Plus, the Lions will still be playing during the Pro Bowl. Anyways, pass the Honolulu blue Kool-Aid.

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