The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have at least two players in the 2017 Pro Bowl, unless they make it to the Super Bowl. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and wide receiver Mike Evans were named to the initial Pro Bowl roster.
Evans is having easily the best year of his career, catching 84 passes for 1,159 yards and a whopping 10 touchdowns in his third year in the league. This will be his third 1,000+-yard season, but only his first Pro Bowl berth.
As for Gerald McCoy, this is his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, which ranks fifth in Bucs history. McCoy’s seven sacks are tied for the second-most by a defensive tackle this year. After a bit of a disappointing season last year, he’s bounced back fully this season.
The NFL also announced four Bucs as alternates: outside linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, cornerback Brent Grimes and punter Bryan Anger. This would be David’s second Pro Bowl and Grimes’ fifth, if they make it in, but Anger and Alexander have never made it to a Pro Bowl before.