Alshon Jeffery gets Pro Bowl nod thanks to Megatron injury

1/9/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In 2013, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson certainly did not match his record numbers from a season ago, but when looked at in a vacuum, the stats stand out. None of Johnson's 84 catches, 1,492 yards, or 12 touchdowns lead the league, but that is a highly impressive line, especially considering that Johnson missed two games due to injury. Thanks to those lofty numbers, Megatron was voted first-team All-Pro for the third consecutive season, and was also named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl.

While the All-Pro team never physically comes together, the Pro Bowl team has to play in an actual game. Due to a knee injury that bothered Johnson all season and will eventually require surgery, the superstar pass catcher will not be able to play in the Pro Bowl, so the NFL had to find a replacement.

Blog Photo - Alshon Jeffery gets Pro Bowl nod thanks to Megatron injuryWhen you look at the numbers, there are two names that really stand out among non-Pro Bowl receivers - Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins and Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears. Garcon and Jeffery are the only players who finished in the top-10 in both receptions and yards while not being named to the Pro Bowl.

On the heels of Johnson removing himself from the Pro Bowl roster, Garcon is now the only non-Pro Bowl player to be in the top-10 in both of those categories, as it was announced Thursday that Jeffery will be taking Johnson's spot on the NFL's all-star squad.

It is a well deserved accolade for Jeffery, who truly broke out in 2013. As I said, he finished in the top-10 in both receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,421). He also finished in the top-10 in yards per reception (16.0), yards from scrimmage (1,526), and yards per touch (14.5), which was the league's second-best mark to Cordarrelle Patterson's ridiculous 20.2.

It's great to see Jeffery receive an honor like this just two years after packing it in during his final season at South Carolina, when he gained weight and displayed highly questionable on-field effort. Working alongside Brandon Marshall has surely done wonders for Jeffery's maturity.

Speaking of Marshall, he was also named to the Pro Bowl, giving the Bears their first Pro Bowl receiver tandem in franchise history.
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