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Which Falcons Could Make the Pro Bowl?

It is that time of the year again where you can vote your favorite Falcons into the Pro Bowl; fans are the only reason the NFL has become the mammoth that dominates all other professional leagues. Since 1995, fans have been able to vote in some capacity on players they deem deserving of Pro Bowl honors, but before that, only coaches and players made those selections. Currently, players are voted in by the coaches, the players themselves, and the fans — each group’s ballot counts for one-third of the votes.

To vote in your favorite Falcons, you can click on the tweet below or go directly to the NFL’s website.

Recently, the NFL decided to push back fan voting until later in the season to provide a larger sample size, which is innovative in theory. For the most part, fans will vote for their favorite players/team over a more objective approach. I believe the voting system is flawed to a certain extent, especially considering how much it can affect a player. Many incentives are tied up in Pro Bowl accolades; even Pro Football Hall of Fame voters consider how many Pro Bowl appearances a candidate has before inducting them into Canton. Still, it is a genius marketing approach by the NFL to give fans a chance to influence something happening in the league directly.

The Falcons have matched their 2020 win total two weeks ago against their divisional rival Saints but fell flat on their face against a motivated Cowboys team the following week. Then were again embarrassed last week by the Patriots; there will be more of these sequences too. Atlanta has the offensive capability to win some games, but the lack of overall talent and consistent coaching will likely keep them out of the playoffs. Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t individual players that deserve praise — Matt Ryan, Grady Jarrett, Chris Lindstrom, A.J. Terrell, Kyle Pitts, Younghoe Koo, and Cordarrelle Patterson will all likely garner Pro Bowl votes.

Among all quarterbacks, Ryan is tied for ninth in completion percentage (67.7%), 15th in passing yards per game (242.7), 13th in passing touchdowns (15), 25th in yards per attempt (6.9), and 24th in quarterback rating (89.8). More than likely, Ryan won’t make the cut unless he sees an unlikely uptick in overall production and efficiency.

Though he’s a game-wrecker and consistently praised by opposing coaches for the effect he has on the field, Jarrett hasn’t had the flashy sack total to gain traction with fans outside of Atlanta. Lindstrom will likely not make a Pro Bowl until the national media starts to recognize him and put his name out there, even if he is deserving. The only Falcons players who I think have a shot at making the Pro Bowl is Terrell, Pitts, and Patterson.

Terrell continued his impressive play against Dallas two Sundays ago, only surrendering 19 yards on two catches from three targets. He snagged his first interception of the season last Thursday, which paired nicely with another impressive performance, giving up only 32 yards on four catches. He’s continued to be mentioned in the media on all levels, which is great for his chances of votes. The New England game was his worst statistically of the season, which is pretty incredible.

Pitts has caught 40 passes on 64 targets for 606 yards (15.2 ypc) and one touchdown through his first nine games. He ranks seventh in receptions, third in yards, second in 100+ yard games, and second in yards per catch; Pitts may get voted into the Pro Bowl in his very first season.

In my opinion, Patterson is the most likely member of the Falcons to make it to the Pro Bowl. He’s enjoying a career year in part to the collective vision of Arthur Smith, Dave Ragone, and Charles London for one of the most explosive return men in history. He’s being used as a traditional running back in the I-formation, on the boundary as a conventional wide receiver, and everywhere in between. Patterson currently ranks fourth in all-purpose yards while playing one less game than Cooper Kupp and Jonathan Taylor. He leads all running backs in receiving yards and touchdowns, so I feel certain he’ll make a push for the Pro Bowl if he can stay healthy. He suffered an ankle sprain against the Cowboys, and his status for the Patriots game on Thursday is unknown.

Remember to vote in your favorite Falcons; you can click on the tweet below or go directly to the NFL’s website.

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