The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a successful season, and that's been reflected in fan voting for this year's edition of the Pro Bowl. Fans have taken to the digital polls to cast their ballots for several Jags players. While none of their players are leading at their respective positions, many of them have cracked the top ten, and even the top 5.
Among the Jaguars players who've popped up in the top 5 of voting are running back Travis Etienne at No. 2 in the AFC while outside linebacker Josh Allen ranks second behind T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers). Andre Cisco is also third in the conference, trailing Justin Simmons (Denver Broncos), and Geno Stone (Baltimore Ravens). Tight end Evan Engram sits at No. 3, trailing Dalton Kincaid (Buffalo Bills) and Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs).
Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, who's on pace to lead the league in tackles for the third straight year, is No. 3 in the AFC, while Brandon McManus ranks fifth among kickers in voting.
In case you were wondering, Trevor Lawrence didn't make the top ten in voting but rookie sensation C.J. Stroud is second behind Tua Tagovailoa. The other signal callers are Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), Brock Purdy (San Francisco 49ers), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), Jared Goff (Detroit Lions), and Sam Howell (Washington Commanders). Here's a picture of how the voting process is going, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media:
Travis Etienne and Josh Allen have a shot at representing the Jaguars in the Pro Bowl
While it's hard to see Brandon McManus and Evan Engram ultimately getting the most votes, Tavis Etienne and Josh Allen seem to be in a good position to make the Pro Bowl. That said, it's important to point out that fan voting is just one part of the process, players and coaches also have to fill ballots to make nominations.
Working in Engram's and Etienne's favor is that there are three slots for their respective positions. Meanwhile, tight end only has two, and if Travis Kelce, and Mark Andrews — Nos. 1 and 2 in voting — get the nod, Engram will only be able to make the cut as an alternate. The same is true for Foye Olukon, who's currently third in voting behind Roquan Smith and Zaire Franklin. If both get the nod, Oluokun's only chance will come as an alternate. That said, Etienne could ultimately be selected because Andrews is out for the season with an ankle injury.
You could argue about the Pro Bowl being a popularity contest and you would be probably right. Teams with a bigger profile and bigger fanbases will often see their player make it even if it's by virtue of name recognition rather than on-field accomplishments.
Either way, the Jaguars are making the most of their recent success, and their players are starting to get the national spotlight, if the Pro Bowl is an indication. If you want to vote for more Jaguars players to ensure they have a better shot, you can do it here.