The Cleveland Browns are sending two of their own down to Orlando for the Pro Bowl. Multiple Browns haven’t been named to the initial rosters since 2016 and accomplishing that feat is Myles Garrett who has been named a starter while Denzel Ward has been named a backup and both have earned their spot.
Garrett is finishing up his sophomore campaign and has been lights out this season even with the extra attention offensive lines show him. He ranks sixth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks and is 1.5 sacks away from setting a new team record. In addition to getting after the quarterback, Garrett has also forced three fumbles, three pass deflections and a blocked field goal. As a matter of fact, Garrett’s Pro Bowl selection marks the first time Cleveland has sent a defensive end since Rob Burnett in 1995.
Speaking of first times. Denzel Ward is the first Browns rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl since Joe Thomas in 2007. The cornerback won NFL Rookie of the Week honors twice this season. Once back in Week 1 versus Pittsburgh when he picked off Ben Roethlisberger twice and coming up big again in Week 5 versus Baltimore with a pick and a blocked field goal. It’s no big surprise why Ward received the most fan votes for all AFC cornerbacks.
In addition to the official Pro Bowlers, Cleveland has six alternates that could go with Joel Bitonio having the best chance to make it as a first alternate. Nick Chubb and Britton Colquitt have shots to make it too as second alternates with the former having a better shot because James Connor and Melvin Gordon are currently playoff bound. Jarvis Landry is a third alternate while both Baker Mayfield and Kevin Zeitler are fourth alternates.