Bills running back LeSean McCoy and outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander were named to the 2017 Pro Bowl Tuesday evening.
It was McCoy’s fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection and the fifth of his career. Alexander made the game in 2012 as a special teamer, but this will be his first trip as a linebacker. He's slated to start alongside Denver's Von Miller while McCoy is the AFC's second running back behind Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell.
McCoy has rushed for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns this season while ranking second in the league in yards per attempt (5.5 average). Alexander's 11.5 sacks are tied for third in the league.
"This year I probably deserve it more than last year, for sure. But it’s a collective type of achievement," McCoy said of his Pro Bowl chances Tuesday afternoon. "I thank the guys up front blocking away for me week-in and week-out, tight ends and wide receivers and [fullback] Jerome Felton, so it’s [an] all-together type of achievement."
"I hope he gets in," guard Richie Incognito said of McCoy. "That looks good for us as offensive linemen when you get your running back into the Pro Bowl.”
Incognito is one of the only players on the team who could claim to be a snub from this year's initial selections. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, fullback Jerome Felton and linebacker Zach Brown would also have cases.
McCoy was the only Bill initially selected to last year’s event, while Incognito, center Eric Wood and quarterback Tyrod Taylor were named as injury replacements.
The last Bills linebacker to be selected for the Pro Bowl was Takeo Spikes in 2004. Oakland led the league with seven Pro Bowl selections, including UB product Khalil Mack.
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— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) December 21, 2016
Zach Brown was upset for not making the game.
Snub I guess ur play don't matter no more smh
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) December 21, 2016