Watson replaces Tom Brady, who will be preparing for the Super Bowl rather than making the trip to Orlando.
Watson shined in his second NFL season this year, passing for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ran for 551 yards and five touchdowns.
J.J. Watt will opt to not participate in the Pro Bowl. He has been replaced by Jaguars DE Calais Campbell. Jadeveon Clowney also pulled out of the Pro Bowl. He will be replaced by Steelers linebacker (and J.J.’s brother) T.J. Watt. Finally, DeAndre Hopkins also declined his invitation; he was replaced by Browns WR Jarvis Landry.
With Watt, Hopkins and Clowney out and Watson in, there will be three Texans at the Pro Bowl. Watson will be joined by Lamar Miller and Benardrick McKinney. It will be the first appearance for any Texans player since the annual All-Star game moved to Orlando in 2017.