Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will replace Julio Jones at the Pro Bowl.
Adams was initially named an alternate, but Jones’ injury has opened the door for the Packers’ receiver to step in.
Adams played at a Pro Bowl level throughout the season, most notably when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone.
While his teammates struggled to consistently produce, Adams was excellent. He finished with 885 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing two games due to injury.
Adams is due a 1,000-yard season. He fell just three yards short last term.
If he stays healthy for all of 2018, I expect him to get there no matter who his quarterback is. Assuming Rodgers, too, is fully healthy, Adams could have his best year yet.
Adams is the second Packer to reach the Pro Bowl this year.
The most notable Pro Bowl snub is left tackle David Bakhtiari.
Bakhtiari was a Pro Bowler in 2016, but failed to make the team this year. He was named a second-team All-Pro for the second year straight, however.
Bakhtiari was also given the highest grade among offensive tackles in the NFL by Pro Football Focus for the second year in a row.
Bakhtiari was also named to the PFF All-Pro team.
Adams’ success landed him a four-year, $58 million extension with the Packers. He was set to hit free agency this spring, but former general manager Ted Thompson made sure he was re-signed in advance.
After a disappointing 2015 campaign, many wondered if Adams would even make it to his fourth season with the Packers. He’s far exceeded expectations, and is now without doubt the team’s premier wide receiver.
It was only a matter of time before he became a Pro Bowler.