Desmond Trufant, Patrick DiMarco headed to Pro Bowl
While nothing is official yet, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reported that Atlanta Falcons’ cornerback Desmond Truant and fullback Patrick DiMarco are headed to the Pro Bowl this weekend.
Many expected these two men to replace players that are ineligible due to their team making it to this years’ Super Bowl and they were right.
Both players have never made it to the pro bowl and are both more than deserving of this selection.
DiMarco was viewed league-wide as the best fullback in the NFL but was snubbed. That spot was awarded to Carolina Panthers’ fullback Mike Tolbert. DiMarco was voted as the best fullback by PFF.com for his outstanding ability as a lead blocker and caught 13 of the 15 passes thrown his way.
DiMarco found the pay dirt twice, both of which came against the Indianapolis Colts on receptions. DiMarco had just one rush attempt in 2015 that went for zero yards, but his ability to create holes for Devonta Freeman was uncanny. This is a nod to all of the hard work the 26-year-old has put forth in his 4-year career.
While the numbers for Truant haven’t quite compared to recent years, his ability to lock down receivers was as good as ever in 2015. Part of the reason his stats don’t match up has a lot to do with the fact that quarterbacks didn’t throw his way all that often.
In week 2 against the New York Giants, Eli Manning did not throw a single pass attempt to a receiver in which Truant was covering.
PFF ranked Truant just outside the top 10 as far as cornerbacks go and at the age of 25 is only going to get better. We all knew Truant would make it to a pro bowl sooner rather than later.
These two add-ins for the Falcons gives them four men in Hawaii for this years’ pro bowl and all four should have a big impact on the game.
While it sucks that we won’t be watching these four players in the super bowl this year, it will be fun to see how Julio Jones, Freeman, DiMarco and Truant compete in a game that represents the best in the business.