With NFL Pro Bowl Voting officially underway, tweet or retweet your favorite Chargers’ name or Twitter handle, using the hashtag #ProBowlVote to vote. Or you can fill out your official 2020 Pro Bowl ballot by clicking here. Voting ends December 13.
Here’s a look at some players who are on the ballot and the feats they’ve accomplished in 2019:
Defensive end Joey Bosa leads the team with 8.5 sacks, 21 QB hits and 12 tackles for loss so far this season, proving just how valuable he is every defensive snap. He also has recorded 51 total tackles, the second-most on the team.
“His effort has been outstanding chasing the ball down from behind,” Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “It’s not just about sacks with Joey. Joey is a complete football player. I’ve been very pleased.”
Having played all 12 games so far this season, Bosa has already tied his career high in tackles for loss, and with four games remaining, he is on pace to put up comparable numbers to his 2017 season, the last time Bosa made the Pro Bowl.
Cornerback Casey Hayward flies under the radar as one of the best lock-down corners in the NFL. Over four games between Week 8 and Week 11, Hayward contained opposing wide receivers to one catch. Additionally, the two-time Pro Bowler did not miss a tackle during that stretch.
“I think Casey is very instinctive,” Bradley said. “I think when quarterbacks look at him, they (see his instinctiveness)... I think, for a quarterback, the instinctive ones are the ones they’re worried about, when they’re not quite sure where they’re going to be and how they’re going to play things. Casey (is) a prime example. He’s a very, very good instinctive player.”
Derek Watt has been a special teams menace all season, leading the league with 13 special teams tackles thus far in 2019.
“I think the best way to describe him is that he’s just a football player,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “He can catch it well, he blocks, he’s smart. He just kind of can do a little bit of everything.”
However, with Watt listed as a fullback on the official 2020 Pro Bowl ballot, he will need all of your support to be voted in.
Whether lining up as a running back or wide receiver, running back Austin Ekeler has proven his versatility, consistency, and effectiveness in 2019.
“It’s evolved a lot since he’s been here, because his production keeps going up and we use him more as a wide receiver now,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “When he’s not the primary back, he has a versatile role where we can do that — put him out there and he can run go-routes, stutter-go [routes], and get those matchups that we are looking for. [WR] Keenan Allen is a No. 1 guy, no doubt about it, but you get Austin Ekeler on a linebacker, that becomes a No. 1 target.”
Among running backs, Ekeler’s 718 yards receiving and seven receiving touchdowns lead the NFL, while his 69 receptions rank second at the position behind Christian McCaffrey. Additionally, Ekeler’s 10 total touchdowns are sixth in the NFL and his seven receiving TDs are tied for fifth.
The Chargers’ team leader in tackles with 96 combined tackles (56 solo), 36-year-old linebacker Thomas Davis continues to limit opposing offenses with his strength and timing.
“(He) really showed up in the Green Bay game, I thought, where he really made great strides,” Bradley said. “I think since that point, he’s really getting into a rhythm now and playing well.”
Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen ranks fourth in receptions and is tied for sixth in targets this season, also having tallied five touchdowns and 864 yards receiving. He is tied for 12th this season among wide receivers in first downs with 43.
“I think what really takes him to the next level from a quarterback to receiver standpoint is his understanding of what defenses are doing to him,” Rivers said. “He sees it as it’s happening. We see it together. That just gives you a great deal of confidence that he’s going to make the decision that you think he’s going to make… His mental ability in addition to what he can do physically, to me, is what really has taken him to the next level in the past few years.”