To nobody’s surprise, the leading receiver in the AFC, DeAndre Hopkins, was chosen as a starter.
J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney were also chosen as starters on the defensive side.
Watt is in the running for NFL Comeback Player of the Year as he is tied for the AFC lead in sacks at 14.5 with Von Miller. Watt is also tied for the league lead in fumbles forced. Clowney was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl after notching eight sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Benardrick McKinney is the sole Pro Bowl newbie from the Texans this year. McKinney has been the heartbeat of the Texans’ defense this season, leading the team with 96 tackles, which ranks eleventh among AFC defenders. McKinney is the backup for C.J. Mosley of Baltimore.
Houston’s four Pro Bowlers ranks third among all AFC teams, with Kansas City’s five in second and Los Angeles’ seven leading the way.
Kareem Jackson, Tyrann Mathieu, Deshaun Watson and Lamar Miller were all named alternates for the Pro Bowl. With all the injuries and possible Super Bowl participants filling the current roster, chances are some more Texans make it to Orlando.
Hopefully these guys are preparing for the Super Bowl during the final week of January to make this all moot, but it is nice to see several Texans recognized for their contributions.