Five Miami Dolphins make it to the Pro Bowl - Mike Pouncey, Branden Albert, Jarvis Landry, Brent Grimes, and Reshad Jones
Funny thing about the Pro Bowl. As time has passed, the accolade that is being a "Pro Bowl player" has lost its weight. In today's day and age, being a Pro Bowl player doesn't necessarily mean you're the best player, it simply means you're the most popular player.
Dolphins safety Reshad Jones knew this all along, and was punished for not being popular enough as he was snubbed from the Pro Bowl while center Mike Pouncey got the nod.
But now, Pouncey won't be going alone, as players began to drop off of the Pro Bowl roster due to the playoffs or because they simply didn't want to participate. Now, Pouncey will be joined by four other teammates who made it as alternates: left tackle Branden Albert, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, cornerback Brent Grimes, and of course Reshad Jones.
Initially, Jones said he wouldn't play if he was chosen to do so as an alternate, but after some time to cool off, he changed his mind and said he would. Now he'll get that chance to go to Honolulu and play in the game that at one point was a celebration of the best of the best.
In the case of Grimes, Pouncey and Albert, the argument can easily be made that none of those players deserve to be going, and the only other player truly worthy of a nod - Ndamukong Suh - has remained overlooked.
Players are not obligated to attend the Pro Bowl. If you recall last season, before his "emergence" in 2015, Andy Dalton was given the privilege of going to the Pro Bowl even though Ryan Tannehill's numbers were better all across the board except for one stat: wins.
Brent Grimes - while still the best corner in Miami's secondary - was nowhere near the player who made the previous two Pro Bowls, although that can be attributed at least in part to the overall failure of the defense and the need to compensate by removing safety help.
For Grimes, this is the fourth Pro Bowl of his career, and he's been voted to be on the roster each year he's been a member of the Miami Dolphins.
Branden Albert has been selected to be in his second career Pro Bowl, his first one was during his time with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.
Both Jarvis Landry and Reshad Jones are making the first Pro Bowls of their careers, and there's no doubt that as years pass, they both will make many more in their careers.
Whether you believe they're deserving of the honor or not, it does mean a little something that five Dolphins players are heading to Honolulu even though the team went 6-10. Maybe there's more talent on the team than people realize, but it's going to be up to Adam Gase and his coaching staff to get the most out of it, hopefully with schemes fitting the players themselves.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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