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Lamar Jackson leads NFL-record 12 Ravens named to Pro Bowl

Led by star second-year quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player front-runner Lamar Jackson, an NFL-record 12 Ravens were named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night.

Jackson, who has powered the Ravens to a franchise-record 10-game regular-season winning streak, was one of six Ravens chosen to start in the annual all-star game. The Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 26, the Sunday before Super Bowl LIV. (Players who reach the Super Bowl do not play in the Pro Bowl.)

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The Ravens, who led the NFL in total fan votes, are well represented in all three phases. On offense, fullback Patrick Ricard, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard Marshal Yanda were also named starters, while running back Mark Ingram II and tight end Mark Andrews got in.

Defensively, outside linebacker Matthew Judon, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey and safety Earl Thomas III were named to the roster. Kicker Justin Tucker and long snapper Morgan Cox will represent the Ravens’ special teams as starters. Right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and punter Sam Koch, meanwhile, are first alternates.

The 12 selections tie the 1973 Miami Dolphins’ record for the most on an initial Pro Bowl roster and break the franchise record of eight, reached in 2003, 2006 and 2011. (The 2007 Dallas Cowboys had 13 players in the Pro Bowl, the most in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.) The Ravens had seven players finish atop fan balloting at their respective positions in the AFC. Voting for the Pro Bowl, which also equally weighs the input of players and coaches, concluded last week.

“This honor is all about my teammates and our coaches, because without them, the success we’ve had as a team wouldn’t be possible,” Jackson said in a release. “I’m also grateful for all the fans who continue to support us and who have helped make this season so special. Ultimately, it’s about winning, and we still have a lot of work to do before we accomplish our biggest goals.”

A year after his passing struggles cost the Ravens in a season-ending playoff loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Jackson earned his first Pro Bowl nod with week after week of breathtaking play. As a passer, the 22-year-old has thrown for a franchise-record-tying 33 touchdowns and six interceptions and became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to post two perfect passer ratings in a single season. As a runner, Jackson broke Michael Vick’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback and is averaging an NFL-best 6.9 yards per carry. He’s the first Ravens quarterback selected since Vinny Testaverde in 1996, the team’s inaugural season.

He had help. Ingram, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has 963 rushing yards, 211 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns, one shy of Ray Rice’s single-season franchise record. Andrews has 58 catches for 759 yards, fifth most among tight ends, and eight touchdowns, the most at the position and by a Ravens tight end in a single season. Ricard, a two-way player and first-time honoree like Andrews, has emerged as one of the Ravens’ most versatile and punishing blockers.

Up front, Yanda has again led the Ravens’ rock-solid offensive line. With his eighth Pro Bowl selection, the 35-year-old is behind only linebacker Ray Lewis (13), offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (11) and safety Ed Reed in career honors. Stanley, a second alternate in the Pro Bowl last year, has allowed no sacks and just six pressures in 13 games this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Brown, taken two rounds after Jackson and three picks before Andrews in last year’s draft, has continued his development into an upper-tier right tackle.

Peters, acquired in a mid-October trade with the Los Angeles Rams, has five interceptions overall — only two players have more this season — and an NFL-high three defensive touchdowns, along with 13 passes defended. It’s his first Pro Bowl selection since 2016 and third overall. Humphrey, who was snubbed in Pro Bowl voting last season, earned his first career nod after returning two fumbles for touchdowns and posting two interceptions and 13 pass defenses.

Judon, a first-time honoree, is one of three NFL defenders this season with at least eight sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 25 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles. Thomas, a seven-time honoree, has 1½ sacks and two interceptions this season and has helped the Ravens force opposing quarterbacks into a 78.5 passer rating, the third best in the NFL.

Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, is third in the league in scoring (120 points). He’s 51-for-53 on extra-point attempts and 23-for-24 on field-goal tries this season, including a perfect 15-for-15 inside 40 yards. Koch, who has punted just 35 times in 14 games, has posted a net average of 39.6 yards in his 14th NFL season. Cox, in his 10th year in Baltimore, remains one of the NFL’s most reliable operator in both units.

Of the Ravens’ 12 Pro Bowl players, nine are homegrown players; only Ingram, Peters and Thomas did not start their career in Baltimore. With the Ravens’ aggressive approach in securing long-term extension and their draft success in recent years — Stanley, Humphrey and Jackson were first-round picks from 2016 to 2018 — all but Judon and Peters are under contract through the 2020 season.

Here are the Pro Bowl rosters, with asterisks denoting starters.

AFC OFFENSE

Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Keenan Allen*, Los Angeles Chargers; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

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Tackle: Ronnie Stanley*, Ravens; Laremy Tunsil*, Houston Texans; Trent Brown, Oakland Raiders

Guard: Marshal Yanda*, Ravens; Quenton Nelson*, Indianapolis Colts; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Mark Andrews, Ravens

Quarterback: Lamar Jackson*, Ravens; Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs; Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Running back: Nick Chubb*, Cleveland Browns; Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans; Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

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Fullback: Patrick Ricard*, Ravens

AFC DEFENSE

Defensive end: Joey Bosa*, Los Angeles Chargers; Frank Clark*, Kansas City Chiefs; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars

Interior lineman: Cameron Heyward*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Chris Jones*, Kansas City Chiefs; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; T.J. Watt*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Matthew Judon, Baltimore Ravens

Inside linebacker: Darius Leonard*, Indianapolis Colts; Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots

Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore*, New England Patriots; Tre’Davious White*, Buffallo Bills; Marcus Peters, Ravens; Marlon Humphrey, Ravens

Free safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets

AFC SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Ravens

Long snapper: Morgan Cox*, Ravens

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Mecole Hardman*, Kansas City Chiefs

Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, New England Patriots

NFC OFFENSE

Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tackle: David Bakhtiari*, Green Bay Packers; Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints;

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins

Center: Jason Kelce*, Philadelphia Eagles; Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys

Tight end: George Kittle*, San Francisco 49ers; Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback: Russell Wilson*, Seattle Seahawks; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Dalvin Cook*, Minnesota Vikings; Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers

NFC DEFENSE

Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; Nick Bosa*, San Francisco 49ers; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons

Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones*, Arizona Cardinals; Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Inside linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seattle Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

Cornerback: Marshon Lattimore*, New Orleans Saints; Richard Sherman*, San Francisco 49ers; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions; Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams

Free safety: Budda Baker*, Arizona Cardinals; Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears

Strong safety: Harrison Smith*, Minnesota Vikings

NFC SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker: Wil Lutz*, New Orleans Saints

Long snapper: Rick Lovato*, Philadelphia Eagles

Punter: Tress Way*, Washington Redskins

Return specialist: Deonte Harris*, New Orleans Saints

Special teamer: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Chicago Bears

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