Ravens punter Sam Koch will have some more company at the Pro Bowl later this month.
The Ravens announced today that long snapper Morgan Cox has been selected to the Pro Bowl team by Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose staff will coach one of the squads. The 29-year-old will join Koch and right guard Marshal Yanda at the annual postseason All-Star game.
Cox thanked family members, friends and coaches and teammates in a statement released by the team.
"Since I began with the Ravens six years ago, there are five people who have most helped me improve as a player and a professional. My coaches, John Harbaugh, Jerry Rosburg and Randy Brown, have pushed me to sharpen every aspect of my game. My teammates, Sam Koch and Justin Tucker, have set a standard of excellence that I strive to uphold each day. They, along with so many other outstanding coaches and teammates, have helped make this possible," Cox said. "I'm especially proud to be a part of the most elite special teams unit in the NFL."
Both Koch and Cox, the Ravens long snapper since 2010, will be participating in their first Pro Bowl. Koch shared some kind words about Cox on social media after the news broke.
"Morgan is by far, above and beyond, any other snapper in the league based off consistency and knowledge of the game. His preparation week in and week out is what makes Morgan the best. If it wasn't for Morgan, the Ravens special teams would never of had a chance to be in the position as the number-one ranked special teams unit in the league. Also, I would never had a shot as a Pro Bowl punter," Koch said on his Twitter account.
Cox was chosen by Reid as a "need" player for the Pro Bowl roster. The league stipulates that the head coach of each team chooses a "need" player, and those players must be long snappers.
Cox, who is a pending free agent, snapped in every game for the Ravens a season after he tore his ACL. Cox snapped on all 74 punts, 40 field-goal attempts and 29 extra points.
The Ravens' special teams units were a strength all season, and Cox has long been one of the unheralded and reliable members of that group.