Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones has been selected to his first Pro Bowl.
This is Jones’ first Pro Bowl appearance.
Many thought he was originally snubbed for the initial selection after a breakout 2017 campaign. Jones had 108 total tackles and three interceptions in his rookie year (2016) and he exceeded that with a remarkable sophomore season.
In year two, he totaled 138 tackles and three interceptions.
His quick development has led many to think that by the end of the 2018 season, he has a good chance of dethroning Luke Kuechkly as the best linebacker in the NFL.
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Jones was part of a Falcons defense that ranked ninth in the NFL in 2017.
They gave up 19 points and 318 yards total per game.
Jones has brought a level of intensity to the Falcons’ defense that the city of Atlanta has not seen in over a decade.
The last Falcons’ linebacker to exceed such expectations is Keith Brooking, who was in Atlanta from 1998-2008. Brooking was part of the Falcons’ 1998 Super Bowl team.
Falcons Receiver Julio Jones earned his fifth Pro Bowl honor but will not play due to preserving his health.
Falcons Center Alex Mack will also play in his fifth Pro Bowl with this being his second consecutive in Atlanta. There was speculation about whether he’d be able to play through his calf injury.
He has played through the last three games for Atlanta. His resiliency was in full display in last year’s Super Bowl vs the Patriots as he played with a broken left fibula.
Congratulations to Deion Jones and the other Pro Bowl bound Falcons players!