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QB Lamar Jackson among 5 Ravens named to Pro Bowl

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews, fullback Patrick Ricard, kicker Justin Tucker and return specialist Devin Duvernay were named to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster Wednesday night. All but Jackson were voted a starter in the all-star game, which will be held Feb. 6 at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.

This is the second Pro Bowl honor for Jackson and Andrews, who also were recognized after their breakthrough 2019 seasons. Ricard has been named a Pro Bowl selection in three straight years, and Tucker five times overall. This is Duvernay’s first such honor.

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Jackson was voted as a backup to the Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert along with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. Despite an inconsistent season in which he’s battled illness and now an ankle injury, Jackson leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards (767) and has passed for 2,882 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 games. His 3,649 combined yards are the 10th most in the NFL.

“Like I always say, any individual award is actually a team award,” Jackson said in a release. “Without my brothers in this locker room and our great coaches, something like this wouldn’t be possible. I’m grateful to everyone who voted for me — fans, players around the AFC and opposing coaches. There have been ups and downs along the way this season, but ultimately, I am honored and excited to be one of the players who represents Baltimore in the Pro Bowl.”

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Andrews, who broke the Ravens’ single-season receiving record for a tight end, has the most catches (85) and the second-most receiving yards (1,062) and touchdown catches (eight) among tight ends this season. He also leads all tight ends in 20-plus-yard receptions (16) and receiving first downs (62).

Ricard has expanded his game this season, taking on more tight end-like responsibilities while Nick Boyle worked his way back to strength. A punishing and versatile blocker, Ricard was an essential cog in the Ravens’ potent offense over the first half of the season.

Tucker, already the most accurate kicker in NFL history, is 29-for-31 (93.5%) on field-goal attempts this season, including a perfect 6-for-6 on kicks from 50-plus yards. He set an NFL record with a 66-yard game-winning kick in a Week 3 victory over the Detroit Lions and added another game-winner in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. Tucker also hasn’t missed an extra-point attempt this season, going 27-for-27.

Duvernay, who didn’t return punts until reaching the NFL, leads the league in punt return yardage (360) and punt return average (14.4 yards). The second-year wide receiver also ranks fourth in total return yardage (901).

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The Ravens didn’t have a defensive player on the Pro Bowl roster for the first time since 2005. Their five selections are also their fewest since 2018. The Indianapolis Colts are sending a league-high seven players to Las Vegas, followed by the Chiefs (six) and Chargers (six).

Four former Ravens were also named to the Pro Bowl. Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who the Ravens traded this offseason, will start for the AFC, while San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk will start for the NFC. New England Patriots defensive end Matthew Judon and Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen were named reserves.

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