Although it will be a virtual event, the Raiders had two players named to the 2021 AFC Pro Bowl roster on Monday. Running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller will be among the players on the AFC squad.
Waller and Jacobs wouldn't have had to travel far, as the event initially was scheduled to be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the Raiders' home facility. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pro Bowl will be virtual in 2021.
Jacobs has built on a promising 2019 rookie campaign, rushing for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games this season for the Raiders, the sixth-most rushing yards of any back in the NFL. Jacobs was an alternate for the event last season after rushing for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.
Waller has emerged into one of the NFL's most difficult tight ends to cover, ranking sixth among all pass-catchers with 93 receptions in 2020. Waller's eight touchdown grabs this season also rank third among all NFL tight ends. Like Jacobs, Waller also was an alternate for the event a season ago.
In lieu of a normal Pro Bowl game, the league will work with EA Sports to develop a "week-long series of matchups featuring celebrities, NFL Legends, current players, and streamers playing as the official Pro Bowl rosters in Madden NFL 21."