They are one of the strongest defenses in the league, so it should be no surprise that three Ravens defenders earned roster spots in the 2018 Pro Bowl.
It was announced Tuesday that outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, safety Eric Weddle and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley were voted to make the trip to Orlando, Florida in January.
Weddle and Mosley were also named starters.
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This will be Terrell Suggs' seventh Pro Bowl in 15 seasons. So far in 2017 he has 43 combined tackles, four forced fumbles and 11 sacks. This will be his first Pro Bowl appearance since 2013 and at 35-years old, Suggs told reporters he's shocked to have made the roster.
I’m speechless. Every time you make it, it’s like making it for the first time all over again. It’s a really great feeling, Suggs stated. I want to thank all the fans who voted, and I thank my coaches and teammates, as they all have a high expectation for me. I also thank the organization for believing in a 15-year vet.
Eric Weddle is making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, his second as a Baltimore Raven.
In 2017, Weddle has 60 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and leads the team in interceptions with a whopping six. He's even listed under the scoring column with one 45-yard touchdown.
He's one interception away from tying his personal record made back in 2011 with the San Diego Chargers.
At 32-years old, he feels stronger than ever.
I’ve never worked as hard as I did this past year to try and get better from last season and help this team and lead even more so, Weddle said. I’m ecstatic because I’ve done so much over the last year to get back to this point, to help my team win, and to hopefully get back to the playoffs.
Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will be attending his third Pro Bowl in four seasons.
In 2017, he has 121 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and one 63-yard touchdown. His 121 tackles on the season is currently ranked sixth-most in the league.
How has the 25-year old made it to his third Pro Bowl? Mosley credits his teammates for keeping offensive lineman off him.
I give a lot of credit to the D-line for keeping [offensive] linemen off me, Mosley said. I also have to thank ‘Wink’ [Linebackers Coach Don Martindale] for putting me in great positions, and I thank coach [John] Harbaugh and [Defensive Coordinator] Dean Pees. Really, it’s great to be able to share this with my teammates.
To much surprise, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch did not make the final list. Tucker was named an alternate.
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell beat out Tucker even though his stats are not nearly as good. Tucker hasn't missed a field goal or extra point since October.
Justin Tucker's three misses this year: 58 yards, 62 yards, 46 yards (blocked).— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) December 20, 2017
Chris Boswell's three misses: 35 yards (blocked), 44 yards, 37 yards (in a dome). He has also missed two PATs.
Sam Koch was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 15 after placing three punts within the five-yard line Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He is the first punter to receive this honor several times in a single season since 2006.
Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern will be completing the job come January.
The Pro Bowl will take place January 28th in Orlando, Florida.