Ravens have seven players voted to 2020 Pro Bowl
Last season the Baltimore Ravens had a record-tying 12 players voted to the Pro Bowl and while this year’s total isn’t nearly as much, the seven players voted to the all-star roster in 2020 are the second-most in franchise history.
Here are the seven players listed in alphabetical order:
OT Orlando Brown Jr.
This marks Brown’s second straight Pro Bowl but his first time actually being voted in after making it as a first alternate last year. He is a massive road grader in the run game and plays a key role in a Ravens’ offense that boasts the league’s best rushing attack for a second straight year even if it is not the same record-breaking unit as last season and is averaging nearly 30 points a game.
According to Pro Football Focus, he has only allowed three sacks all year. Brown has been serving and dominating at left tackle following the season-ending injury to Ronnie Stanley in Week Eight. It was his natural position in college, but he was moved to the right side when the Ravens drafted him in the third round out of Oklahoma 2018.
“After everything that this year has been like, it’s a real blessing to be back in this position again. To still be playing football – and at a high level – and to be voted in by my peers and coaches, it really means a lot. This is an honor I really appreciate as a player. This is something that I set out to accomplish when I was a college player preparing to come into this league, so it means everything to be respected by my peers, coaches, and our fans. I’m thankful for all my teammates and how they help put me in the best position to succeed – like when Lamar gets out of those pressures that could turn into sacks. I’m just very thankful.”
DE Calais Campbell
This marks the sixth time Campbell has received this honor and fourth year in a row. The 13-year veteran has aged like fine wine in the twilight of his career and was the Ravens’ prized offseason acquisition.
In his first season with the team despite having a mostly virtual offseason, he has established himself as one the foremost leaders in the locker room and has made his presence felt on the field as well.
Even though he has missed three games due to contracting COVID-19 and sustaining a calf strain, Campbell still ranks third on the team in sacks with four, is tied for the sixth-most pass breakups at the defensive end position in the entire league, and is a huge reason why the Ravens are one of the top run-stuffing and scoring defenses in the NFL.
“There was a lot of excitement hearing this news. It’s always a big deal to make it to the Pro Bowl, especially because the fans, coaches, and players all have a voice in the voting. It means a lot to me to be considered one of the best in the game by my peers, by the coaches, who create these gameplans, and of course by our great fans – because they’re why we play this game.
“This is 100% a team award. I don’t really enjoy the individual awards, because this is a team game, and you can’t do anything by yourself. You need to have good players around you to be successful. But there is an All-Star game – a Pro Bowl – so as players, of course, you want it and appreciate it. You work hard for it, but nobody can do this without their teammates. For me, being a part of this great team, it’s definitely a great accolade to share.”
LS Morgan Cox
This will mark Cox’s fourth time being voted to the Pro Bowl in his career and the second straight. The 11-year pro is the often-overlooked third member of the Ravens’ specialist trio famously known as ‘The Wolf Pack’. He’s been flawless at his craft yet again this year and has even recorded two total tackles, including a solo.
CB Marlon Humphrey
This marks Humphrey’s second straight year making the Pro Bowl and he is following up his breakout season with an even better one. He is not only in the conversation for the best cornerback in the league, but he is also a candidate to win Defensive Player of the Year.
His eight forced fumbles not only lead the entire league, but they also are a new franchise single-season record. He is two away from the single-season record by a defensive back which was set by Charles Tillman in 2012 but instead of using Tillman’s ‘Peanut Punch’, Humphrey has his own signature ‘Fruit Punch’.
Humphrey is more versatile and physical than the average corner and plays an aggressive style of football that would allow him to dominate in any era. He’s the complete package who not only excels in coverage but possesses good ball skills, contributes to the pass rush as an effective blitzer, and is a great tackler in space and behind the line of scrimmage.
He is the only defender in the league in 2020 to record at least two sacks (2.5), four forced fumbles (eight), and six pass breakups (eight).
“Thank you to the fans, players, and coaches who helped vote me into the Pro Bowl. It is an honor to be on the roster.”
OLB Matthew Judon
The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Judon this offseason and he has responded by making his second straight Pro Bowl. He is one of the most complete edge defenders in the league with the way he plays the run, rushes the passer, and can drop in coverage.
Judon is one of three outside linebackers to record at least 40 tackles, five sacks and 20 quarterback hits this season with the other two being T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers and his former teammate Za’Darius Smith of the Green Bay Packers.
He leads the team in quarterback hits and has the second-most of any player on the team with five which is the most among those that have been on the team for the entire season. His fifth sack came this past week against Jacksonville and resulted in his first career safety.
“I was excited to learn of this good news. Honestly, I didn’t have the numbers or production like last year when I went to my first Pro Bowl, so the amount of excitement, surprise, and happiness that rushed in when I got the news – I was just elated and really happy. I could have done jumping jacks all around the house.”
FB Patrick Ricard
The converted defensive lineman is the third Raven to be voted to a second straight Pro Bowl after making their first last season. He has gone from being one of the rare-two players to one of the most punishing run blockers in the business.
Ricard dominates at the point of attack and has shining even brighter now that he is solely focused and utilized on offense. As good as he was generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks, he is even better at blocking for his when he takes off on scrambles and especially on designed runs.
He is a physical tone-setter both as a blocker and a pass-catcher when he gets the ball in his hands in the flat. He is on pace to set new career highs as a receiver with nine catches for 45 yards and a touchdown in 13 games.
The Ravens have rushed for 100 plus yards in 37 straight games which are tied for the second-longest streak in league history and Ricard has played a key role in 31 of them since Lamar Jackson became the starter midway through the 2018 season when the streak began.
“This has been an extremely challenging year for everyone, and I’m so honored and grateful to earn this achievement. Football is the ultimate team sport, and none of this would be possible without the support of my amazing teammates. I also want to thank Coach [John] Harbaugh, ‘G-Ro’ [Greg Roman], Bobby [Engram], and Andy [Bischoff], who constantly provide support and push me to get better every day. And a special thank you to all the fans and the ‘Ravens Flock’ who voted for me and who have supported me throughout my career.”
K Justin Tucker
It’s hard to imagine that the most accurate kicker in NFL history who has been the gold standard and the model of both consistency and excellence since he entered the league in 2012 has made just his fourth career Pro Bowl but at least he’s made it in back to back seasons for the first time in his illustrious career.
Tucker has nailed 23 of 26 field-goal attempts this season (88.5 percent), is 44 of 45 on extra points with the only miss coming via a block. He missed his first kick inside of 40 yards after 70 straight successful attempts after Joe Buck jinxed him and the other two misses came on attempts from beyond 50 (57 and 61 yards).
While he doesn’t lead the AFC with the highest field goal percentage and hasn’t had the most successful field-goal attempts this year, he is still revered and acknowledged as the best in the game at what he does, and deservedly so.
He a perfect 8-8 on field attempts in the fourth quarter this season and his 55-yarder that he nailed in Week 14 propelled the Ravens to win over the Cleveland Browns, kept their playoffs hopes alive and well, and marked the 16th game-winning field goal of his career.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to the Pro Bowl. It is always a great honor to be recognized by the players and coaches across the league, especially in a season where many great players have put together some great performances all year long at my position.
“An immeasurable amount of my own successes can be attributed to the hard work and excellent execution of Morgan Cox and Sam Koch. Morgan is the best long snapper in the NFL, and Sam is the best punter and holder in the NFL, hands down. I also want to recognize Chris Horton and Randy Brown for coaching us and continuing to hold us to our high standards. Last, but not least, thank you to all Ravens fans! I am proud to represent you and the city I call home.”
Ricard, Tucker, and Cox are were listed as starters by default given that they’re the only players at their position but the other four are second-team selections.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the actual Pro Bowl game will not be played, but the NFL will still honor the league’s top players, as voted on by fans, players, and coaches.