Three Ravens Voted To 2015 Pro Bowl


The Ravens got the short end of the stick in Pro Bowl voting with just three players this season.

It's the fewest number of Pro Bowlers for Baltimore since 2005 when Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan Ogden was the team's lone representative.

Baltimore's three Pro Bowlers, as voted by the fans, coaches and players, are rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and guard Marshal Yanda.

The Ravens have five first alternates, meaning they would go to the Pro Bowl if another player drops out because of injury (or some other reason) or because they're playing in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore's first alternates are running back Justin Forsett, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, punter Sam Koch, special teams returner Jacoby Jones and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 25 in Phoenix.

It's the first time the Ravens have ever had a rookie make the Pro Bowl.

Mosley, the 17th-overall pick, has had a superb season. He's the NFL's only player to post at least 115 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions this season. Mosley's 122 tackles are first among NFL rookies, and are seventh overall in the NFL.

Mosley, who was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month in October, owns two top-three tackle performances by a rookie in Ravens history.

"First of all, I thank God for the position I am in," Mosley said. "I also give many thanks to the Ravens organization, especially Mr. Ozzie Newsome and Mr. [Steve] Bisciotti for trusting me and bringing me here to play for such a great team. I wouldn't be in this position without [Inside Linebackers] coach "Wink" [Don Martindale], Daryl [Smith], Albert [McClellan] and Arthur [Brown], who have all taken me under their wing and helped me get where I am. With Daryl specifically, it's meant so much having a person and player of his caliber next to me throughout my first NFL season.

"Also, a huge 'thank you' goes out to Ravens Nation for welcoming me. I am honored and humbled."

It's Dumervil's fourth career Pro Bowl, and first with the Ravens (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014). Dumervil is third in the league in sacks with 17, tying his career-high from 2009.

Dumervil has had a resurgent season after notching 9.5 sacks in his first year as a Raven. He set the Ravens' franchise records in sacks and sack yardage (-127.5). He's also forced two fumbles.

"This is a humbling experience," Dumervil said. "First of all, I want to thank God, because without Him, this would not be possible. So many people played a part in this, and I just want to thank them all – my teammates, our great coaching staff and our tremendous fans. To be able to represent the Ravens organization and the long tradition of great defensive players here is very humbling.

"I also credit Terrell Suggs for helping me this season. A lot of what I've been able to do is a result of the attention he garners on the opposite side. He's an incredible player who is having another outstanding year, and it's an honor to play with him."

It's Yanda's fourth-straight Pro Bowl nod, establishing him even further as one of the league's top offensive linemen.

Yanda has been a big reason the Ravens have given up the second-fewest sacks in the league and have the NFL's seventh-ranked rushing offense. When the Ravens lost both offensive tackles Sunday in Houston, Yanda even volunteered to swing out to right tackle.

Forsett was seen by many to be a Pro Bowler, but didn't get enough votes despite leading all running backs with 5.3 yards per carry this season. He ranks sixth in rushing yards (1,147), eighth in rushing touchdowns (eight), and is tied for first in runs of 20 yards or more (14).

Suggs got snubbed despite having yet another strong season. The six-time Pro Bowler went three of the past four years (only missing when he was coming off a torn Achilles).

Suggs has 11 sacks this season (10th in the league), which is one more than last year. He's also a big reason why the Ravens rank fourth in rush defense, allowing just 86.9 yards per game.

Koch is also surprising considering he leads the league in net average per punt (43.5 yards) and is second in average overall (47.4). He's third in percentage of punts inside the 20-yard line.

Koch was the Ravens' lone Pro Bowler voted in by fans, so he did not get the votes from fellow players and coaches. It's the second time that's happened to Koch during his career, the other time coming in 2010.

Jones ranks second in the league in average yards per kickoff return (30.9), behind Cincinnati's Adam Jones. He's eighth in average yards per punt return (9.5). The 2012 Pro Bowl returner still is one of the most explosive threats in the game, and scored a 108-yard touchdown in Pittsburgh.

Juszczyk was in the running for top voting among fans as he has paved the way for Forsett and a dangerous Ravens rushing attack. It's especially commendable considering Juszczyk is in his first year starting, and being a blocking fullback is new to the Harvard pass-catcher.

Juszczyk finished second among fullbacks in receptions with 19 for 182 yards and one touchdown.

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