For the second consecutive season, the New York Jets did not have a player voted into the Pro Bowl. However, there still could be a pair of green and white representatives for the annual all-star game in January.
2017 first-round safety Jamal Adams and 38-year-old quarterback Josh McCown were named third and fifth alternates respectively for the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster, the club announced.
The Jets are one of just five NFL teams that did not have any players nominated to participate in the Pro Bowl. The others were the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers.
Adams has had an encouraging rookie season, as the No. 6 overall pick leads all NFL safeties with 20 run stops. He has racked up 66 combined tackles, has two fumble recoveries and two sacks.
Although he earned the fifth-most votes for any AFC safety, the 22-year-old tweeted his malcontent with finishing just outside the Pro Bow roster boundaries.
“I wont miss another Pro bowl,” Adams wrote in a tweet. “Believe that.”
Meanwhile, McCown’s best season of his 15-year NFL career ended sourly when he fractured left hand had to undergo season-ending surgery. Before the injury, he set his own personal single-season records for passing yards (2,926), touchdowns (18) and completion percentage (67.3).
Adams and McCown will get a chance to participate in the game if the selected players (and the earlier alternates) are injured, expecting to play in the Super Bowl, or decline the invitation for any other reason.
The AFC quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. The safeties are Eric Weddle, Micah Hyde and Reshad Jones.