Five Dallas Cowboys were selected to the 2022 Pro Bowl on Wednesday. It’s always an interesting experience as every fan base is ready to point out who was snubbed from their favorite teams. This year, the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl was quite surprising as it only included two offensive players after starting the year as one of the league’s top offenses.
The Cowboys players to be selected were Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Bryan Anger.
While many Cowboys’ players are candidates to join the following “snubs” list, I believe two have strong cases. Especially the first one. Let’s dive in!
SS Jayron Kearse
Strong safeties selected: Budda Baker (Cardinals), Harrison Smith (Vikings)
Kearse represents the biggest Pro Bowl snub for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021. He’s been one of the biggest surprises of the year. He’s turned into a full-time strong safety for the Cowboys that consistently makes plays when defending the run and in pass coverage.
Kearse has the numbers to back up a Pro Bowl title, too. In fact, he has the edge over the Vikings’ S Harrison Smith in a few key stats. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Smith: 91 tackles, 69 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 QB hits, 1 INT.
Kearse: 94 tackles, 61 solo tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 QB hits, 2 INTs.
In terms of missed tackles percentage, Kearse is at 4.1% and Smith at 5.2%. When targeted, the Cowboys’ safety allows an 81.8 passer rating compared to the Vikings’ safety who allows a 98.9 rating.
Although I believe Kearse has the better numbers and has had the better season, it’s not a surprise he wasn’t voted to the Pro Bowl. After all, most fans will know who Harrison Smith. Kearse lacks name recognition, which has always been the biggest flaw of the Pro Bowl.
TE Dalton Schultz
Tight ends selected: George Kittle (49ers), Kyle Pitts (Falcons)
The Dallas Cowboys tight end has put together a very impressive season with 61 catches and 651 yards, which rank 7th best among tight ends in the NFL. His five touchdowns also are tied for 7th among tight ends. His 74.4% catch rate is also quite impressive.
But is he a clear snub in this year’s Pro Bowl? To be fair, I believe both Kittle and Pitts had more impressive resumes. The Falcons’ rookie has 847 receiving yards, which are #1 in his team. Beyond stats, what he’s done on the field has been so impressive that opposing defenses are forced to match him up with their top cornerbacks.
What can we say about Kittle? He’s one of the best tight ends in the league and with 850 yards and six touchdowns, it’s difficult to argue Schultz has had a better season. I was rooting for Schultz to make it, but it was a “fair” snub.
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