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Friday, December 27, 2013

Pro Bowlers

Carolina announced five of its players will go to the Pro Bowl:

QB Cam Newton
FB Mike Tolbert
C Ryan Kalil
DE Greg Hardy
LB Luke Kuechly

It's Newton's second honor, and Kalil's fourth.  It's the first for Tolbert, a sixth year; Hardy, a fourth year; and Kuechly, in his second.

All of this comes on the assumption Carolina isn't in the Super Bowl, which deactivates all participants from the Pro Bowl.

It appears TE Greg Olsen is a 4th alternate, but nothing else has been mentioned.  Alternates aren't always released.

Additionally, Mike Mitchell had been 4th in fan voting, so it's realistic to imagine he's some form of alternate.  Of course, it's also a massive shame that Thomas Davis isn't in the picture, but the Pro Bowl always shades toward the big-sack 3-4 OLB (which is stupid, since the game always plays a 4-3 and you're not allowed to blitz).

The Pro Bowl has a new format this year, in that it's not AFC versus NFC - so there's a good shot Carolina players will have to face each other if they're in there.  As well, it's in a draft format, where it might be a hard sell to pick a center or fullback all that early.
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