The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have two new Pro Bowl players after yesterday's conference championship games. Mankins will replace the Carolina Panthers' Trai Turner, while Lavonte David heads to Hawaii to take the place of Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Thomas Davis, all of whom are headed to the Super Bowl instead. Mankins and David will join Doug Martin and Gerald McCoy, giving the Bucs a total of four Pro Bowl selections.
This is Mankins' seventh Pro Bowl and his first as a Buccaneer. He played well this past year, and wile he's clearly nearing the end of his career, he looks like he could be a solid start for one or two more years.
Ironically, David has been named to his very first Pro Bowl for the worst season in his career. David's been playing at a Pro Bowl level ever since being drafted in 2012, but voters refused to name him to one. That's in part the result of the grouping together of edge rushers with conventional outside linebackers, with the edge rushers being flashier and hence more likely to stand out and make it to the Pro Bowl.
Still, while David's 2015 season was arguably his worst, he still put up three interceptions, two forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and three sacks. Almost all of those plays came in the second half of the season after a poor start.