The Patriots are well-represented in the fan balloting for the 2021 Pro Bowl. According to the latest data released by the league, three Patriots lead their respective positions in fan voting for the AFC Pro Bowl team: cornerback J.C. Jackson, center David Andrews, and long snapper Joe Cardona.
Jackson leads all AFC cornerbacks to this point with 58,166 fan votes. Andrews leads at center with 39,504 votes, over 9,000 more than the NFC leader, Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz. Cardona leads all long snappers with 34,033 votes.
New England has the second-most fan votes among teams, with the Cowboys leading the way. The Rams, Chiefs, and Ravens round out the top-5.
The Pro Bowl lacks the prestige of the All-Pro awards, but they can be helpful for players who are in line for a new contract – like Jackson. He leads the AFC in interceptions and leads the league in total pass breakups, and there’s no obvious favorite for the First Team All-Pro award at cornerback, so Jackson is realistically in the conversation for that honor.
The Patriots have other players who have a good chance to make the Pro Bowl, despite being absent from the voting leaderboards. Here’s a rundown of their other All-Pro/Pro Bowl candidates…
Ultimately, All-Pro awards and Pro-Bowl nods don’t mean much to anyone other than the players themselves. And ideally, their real goal is to win the Super Bowl. The Patriots might not be ready to compete for a championship as soon as 2021, but their stable of Pro Bowl candidates is a great sign that the team has rebounded strongly from a down year in 2020.
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