Pro Bowl Voting Open, Several Cleveland Browns Players Worth Your Vote
2019 Pro Bowl voting is open across the NFL and the Cleveland Browns should be right in the middle of the pack.
Cleveland has a lot of talent across the boards, but that doesn’t mean everything has came together so far. The Browns are 3-6 on the season and just haven’t found their way yet. The defense has been solid, most recently showing it in a 19-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Cleveland had four players selected to last years Pro Bowl, including one rookie. Joel Bitonio, Myles Garrett, Jarvis Landry and Denzel Ward all received pro bowl nods for the Browns last season.
This year, the Browns will see some new faces make that list. One of them being Nick Chubb. The star running back has 919 yards on the season through nine games. Already close to his season total last year of 996, that he will likely surpass on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Add in six touchdowns and there’s no doubt that Chubb will be in the mix for rushing leader as well as a Pro Bowl. Rushing leader could be less likely with Kareem Hunt back from suspension, but Nick Chubb prefers team success over player rewards.
Jarvis Landry could once again see himself in the Pro Bowl as he’s on pace for a 1,000 yard season, standing at 652 yards and two touchdowns currently. Him and his college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. would need a slight up tick in production to matchup with final stats compared to many of the NFL great wideouts. With the improved play from Baker Mayfield as of late, it isn’t out of question that he could help at least one of the former LSU receivers represent the AFC.
The offensive line has been up and down for the Browns, but more so up as of late. A big reason why is the play of Joel Bitonio and J.C. Tretter. The guard and center both have played 100% of Cleveland’s offensive snaps and are the dependable anchors of the line.
Moving to the defense, the guy that seems to be in on every play is Joe Schobert. Schobert is top 10 in total tackles and tied for second in solo tackles. Adding in a sack, pass breakup and two forced fumbles the Wisconsin product is having a solid season despite what the naysayers have to say. Schobert brings a veteran presence to the linebacker positon that has lacked talent at times for Cleveland.
Myles Garrett makes his presence felt every game for Cleveland whether it’s getting a sack, or drawing a double team in which he often does. Garrett has 10 sacks on the season through nine games, tied for second in the league. Garrett has improved in the run stopping game as well, often getting a push that can be felt. The beast in Garrett will challenge for the sack title and could end up with around 18 sacks. Having a healthy season, which is key down the stretch. Oliver Vernon is another player to keep an eye on for the Browns who could heat up. Battling injury at the moment, but a hand full to stop when out there.
The Browns secondary hasn’t been able to force as many turnovers as last year and a lot of that could be due to injury. The entire secondary has seen time missed and Cleveland has relied on its depth often. Denzel Ward is back for the Browns however and healthy. Playing his best ball of the season since returning from injury, the turnovers will eventually come for the former Buckeye. Always matching up with the best wideout on the field, Ward is often tested. With five passes defended and a fumble recovery this season he’s one that could be worth a Pro Bowl nod at the end of the season. Especially if the interceptions start to come aboard.
On special teams, rookie Jamie Gillan is one to watch punting the ball. The NFL’s seventh best average of 46.7 yards a punt, Gillan boots the ball every time he receives a snap. A 71 yard punt this season which is also top three amongst punters. Even if he doesn’t make it this season, he will at some point in his career. Austin Seibert is the other rookie kicker that may not make it this year, but certainly off to good starts. Making 16/16 field goals in the NFL is no slouch.