Pro Bowl

Kyle Fuller's been named to his second straight Pro Bowl

Kyle Fuller's been named to his second straight Pro Bowl

For the second straight season, Kyle Fuller's going to the Pro Bowl. 

It was announced on Thursday afternoon that Fuller would be replacing injured Rams' cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the roster. Fuller led the Bears' defense with three interceptions, and also had 12 passes defended to go along with 72 tackles. 

Over Fuller's two Pro Bowl-caliber seasons, the corner has 10 interceptions, which is tied for the most in the NFL over that span. He has 18 since being drafted in 2014. 

Pro Football Focus was less rosy about Fuller's season, grading him as the 87th-best overall corner in 2019. He was also graded as the 17th best corner in run defense, 18th-best tackler and the 110th best in coverage. 

Everyone on the Bears is mad about Allen Robinson's Pro Bowl snub except him

Everyone on the Bears is mad about Allen Robinson's Pro Bowl snub except him

You could tell that Matt Nagy badly wanted to give his full, unadulterated thoughts on Allen Robinson’s Pro Bowl exclusion. Nagy’s tone immediately shifted when he was asked about it, and the anger on his face grew with each stunted attempt to find diplomatic words. 

“You really want to know?,” Nagy finally asked, after more than a few moments of tense silence. “Yeah. I'll just say this: A-Rob. He – A-Rob is a pro. I'll just leave it at that. A-Rob, he's special. A-Rob, he's unbelievable. Unbelievable. That word snub. A-Rob is unbelievable and needs to be in the Pro Bowl.” 

That’s been the company line since Sunday night, when the NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters. Robinson’s been the best player on the Bears’ offense all season, and his inclusion had become something of a foregone conclusion.

Instead, the NFC is sending New Orleans’ Michael Thomas, Atlanta’s Julio Jones, and Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. All four – from the same division, no less – are worthy inclusions. That doesn’t make those around Halas Hall any less angry for Robinson, who put up stats worthy of playing in the sparsely-attended Orlando showcase.

“He's a Pro Bowler in my mind,” Mitch Trubisky said. “He's done a lot for this team and he's played his tail off all season long. I mean, I don't know what goes on with the voting and all of that but he's had a heck of a year and I'm very proud that he's one of our leaders and a great teammate.” 

By all accounts, 2019’s been the second-best season of Allen Robinson’s six-year career. Going into Week 16, his total yards (1,023), touchdowns (7), and yards per game (73.1) are all pacing only behind his stellar 2015 season – the only other time he’s made a Pro Bowl. Assuming he stays involved over the next two games, he’ll set career highs in Catch% (63.8) and first downs as well. All this for an offense that ranks 23rd overall in DVOA and, if you can believe it, won’t be sending anyone to the game. 

“It’s unfortunate, certainly, for him individually,” offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. “I know he would be the first guy to say it’s team first over individual first. That’s the type of guy he is, the type of leader he is, and if we had put together a few more wins, it’s probably a no-brainer. It’s a tough deal for him, but at the same time, I know he’s all about the team.” 

Helfrich is right in a sense – the only person who *wasn’t* visibly upset about the ‘snub’ was Robinson himself. He had mentioned throughout the season that being named to the Pro Bowl was a bigger deal for his family than him personally, and, quite frankly, with the amount of players who decide against playing in the game, it’s not unlikely that Robinson ends up there anyways. He thinks he played well enough to merit consideration, but you won’t catch him sweating it, either. 

“Oh yeah, definitely. I believe I did – I thought I made plays when my name was called,” Robinson said. “But again, that’s not something I’m going to lose sleep over or anything like that.” 

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Is Bears WR Allen Robinson a 2020 Pro Bowl snub?

Is Bears WR Allen Robinson a 2020 Pro Bowl snub?

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson has been the heartbeat of Chicago's offense since Week 1 when he kicked off the team's 100th season with seven catches for 102 yards against the Packers.

His opening-night performance was a preview of what's become Robinson's breakout season in Chicago after signing a lucrative three-year, $42 million contract with the club in free agency in 2018. It was a risky transaction by general manager Ryan Pace considering Robinson was coming off a torn ACL in Jacksonville a season earlier.

Now two years removed from his injury and fully acclimated in coach Matt Nagy's offense, Robinson enters Week 16's game against the Chiefs with 83 catches, 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. He's the first Bears receiver to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season since Alshon Jeffery did it in 2014.

For as valuable as Robinson's been to the Bears in 2019, has his season been Pro Bowl-worthy?

Robinson wasn't one of the four NFC pass-catchers who were named to the 2020 Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, nor was he picked as an alternate for the game. And while it may feel like a snub-job to Bears fans, the reality is A-Rob's season just hasn't been productive enough to leapfrog the other NFC receivers who made the cut.

For example, Michael Thomas (Saints) is 11 receptions away from breaking Marvin Harrison's single-season reception record after recording 133 catches for 1,552 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. He's having a historic year.

And Thomas isn't the only NFC player who's outplayed Robinson.

Chris Godwin (Buccanneers) has only three more catches than Robinson but has turned them into 1,333 yards and nine scores. Then there's his teammate, Mike Evans, who has 16 fewer catches than A-Rob but, remarkably, has 134 more yards. Lastly, Julio Jones (Falcons) is having a pretty similar year statistically -- 82/1,150/7 -- but has earned the right to get the nod for his resume and popularity.

Robinson's catch total ranks tied for seventh in the NFC. His yardage ranks 10th and his touchdowns are tied for ninth.

Simply put, he just hasn't done enough, even though he's been great.

Bears fans haven't had much to brag about in 2019, but Robinson is an exception. He's having one of the best years by a receiver in the NFL, but with the NFC being so loaded at the position, his omission from this year's Pro Bowl is understandable.

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