The Buffalo Bills will have a pair of representatives at the 2017 Pro Bowl.
The National Football League announced their initial Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday night, and among them were two Bills plays. First -- a no brainer -- running back LeSean McCoy was selected to the roster for helping lead the Bills running game all season long. The runner has averaged 5.5 yards per carry while rushing for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. This is McCoy's fifth selection to the Pro Bowl
From the defensive side of the ball, outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has gotten an invite due to his career year in 2016. Alexander has more than doubled his career sack total, accruing 11.5 through the first 14 games of this season. He's also played a valuable role on special teams as well. Heading into the season, Alexander had only nine sacks in 10 years.
Alternates for the Pro Bowl have yet to be announced. The game will be played in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, January 29.
Joe B's Take
McCoy should have been invited to the Pro Bowl, so there is no problem there, and you can't ignore the revelation that Lorenzo Alexander has been, especially filling in for rookie and first-round pick Shaq Lawson while he was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
The biggest snub on the Bills roster has to be defensive lineman Kyle Williams. Throughout the entire season, Williams has been a dominant player on the interior of the Bills' defense and, at least in my opinion, was more worthy of a spot in the Pro Bowl than Alexander was.
That's not to take anything away from Alexander, that's just how good Williams has been all season long.
The other two biggest snubs from the Bills roster, at least in my opinion, are two main contributors to the team's massive success when running the ball: left guard Richie Incognito, and fullback Jerome Felton. Incognito has been one of the best guards in the conference this season, while Felton's dramatic improvement from 2015 to 2016 has been evident by how well he's secured his block for McCoy during the fullback's limited time on the field.
If there are any alternates for the game, those three should be getting the first crack at it from a Bills perspective, although Williams should be in the game to begin with.