The Jacksonville Jaguars will be sending a pair of players to the 2024 NFL Pro Bowl: Outside linebacker Josh Allen and long-snapper Ross Matiscik. They both earn a designation in the first round of voting, making them the Jags' first two players to achieve the feat since 2019.
It's true that both Trevor Lawrence and return specialist Jamal Agnew represented Jacksonville in the Pro Bowl last year. However, they did it as alternates, once other players had dropped from the event. This time though, Allen and Matiscik didn't have to wait for anyone to withdraw to get the cut.
This will be the second time in Allen's career that he was selected, and it's deserved. He just broke Calais Campbell's franchise record for sacks in a season and ranks third in the league with 16.5 with one game to go. In the midst of a contract year, he's taken his level to the next level.
Matiscik, for his part, has consistently performed his job well but he's gotten notoriety for his tackling prowess on special teams. Whereas most specialists shy away from contact, Matiscik has posted eight tackles this season.
As great as it is to see Allen and Matiscik earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, other Jaguars were equally deserving of a designation but were ultimately left out. More specifically, these three were snubbed.
Update: Evan Engram, Logan Cooke, Jamal Agnew, Trevor Larwence, Travis Etienne, and Darious Williams, and Foye Oluokun are Pro Bowl alternates.
3. Foyesade Oluokun, linebacker
Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun has led the league in tackles the past two years and has a realistic shot at achieving the feat for the third straight season. Moreover, he's routinely come through when he's needed the most. His pick 6 against the New Orleans Saints was a huge reason the Jags were able to come out on top in Week 7.
Simply put, Oluokun stacks up favorably against Fred Warner and Bobby Wagner. In fact, you could make the case that both Warner and Wagner got the nod due to name recognition. It also helped that their respective teams are locks to make the playoffs.