1 - This Pro Bowler admires LeSean McCoy's career
You know you're doing something right when Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell expresses admiration for your career. That was the case on Friday at the Pro Bowl, when Bell raved about LeSean McCoy's tenure in the NFL.
"Oh man, Shady's changed the game. He's a guy, outside of Barry Sanders, a guy who never really gets hit," said Bell. "He'll lose yards to gain yards. I mean, he'll literally lose about four or five yards, run around guys, to try to gain six yards. He's a special player. To interact with him out here, obviously I knew him off the field before this, but to spend a whole week with him is fun."
Bell and McCoy are two of the three RBs representing the AFC in the Pro Bowl. For Bell, it's his third trip to the league's version of the all-star game. For McCoy, it's his sixth selection, and fifth in a row to the Pro Bowl.
This season, the two RBs were neck-and-neck in rushing yards. Bell finished the year with 1,291 yards, which ranked third in the league. McCoy marched for 1,138 yards on the ground, ranking fourth in the league.
A striking similarity between Bell and McCoy is their ability to utilize their hands out of the backfield. They're two of the best dual-threat RBs in the game. Bell reeled in an absurd 85 receptions this season, which was first among RBs and 10th in the league. McCoy managed to record 59 receptions on the year, which ranked sixth among RBs and 43rd in the league.
Bell was asked if he's surprised by McCoy's production after nine seasons in the league.
"Yeah. It's crazy. I was talking to him earlier and he said he finished year nine. I said, 'Dang you've been that quick?'" said Bell. "You know, because he doesn't even really look like it. It's not like he's lost a step or is slowing down or anything. That's impressive for a guy his age."
2 - Another Bills player named to an All-Rookie Team**
Considering he's deemed a potential candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, it's no shocker that Tre'Davious White was named to the 2017 All-Rookie Team.
NFL Media senior analyst, Gil Brandt, looked back at the most prolific first-year players and assembled an all-star team of the NFL's top rookies. At cornerback, he had White of the Bills and Marshon Lattimore of the Saints.
Here's what Brandt had on White's stellar rookie season in Buffalo.
White was burned on just 39 of 77 balls thrown his way. He finished with 18 passes defended, four picks and 69 tackles in a really phenomenal rookie season. He matched the impact of former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- who left via free agency for New England -- at a significantly less cost to the team.
White's 18 passes defended led all rookies, followed by Lattimore (17), Adoree Jackson (15), and Shaquill Griffin (13). He was also one of two players in the league with 18 PDs, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.
All-Rookie Team is just the latest of a long list of awards White earned in his first season in the league. The sky's the limit for Buffalo's CB, who plans on playing for the next 10 years.
"Yeah I can do it for much longer than that as long as my body holds up and do all the things I'm supposed to do to stay in that long and play at a high level. I'm blessed to play the game that I'm playing now," said White. "A great group of guys around. It's a fun group. So that's definitely the reason you see me having fun on the field. That's why you see me happy to be out there, and happy to be playing with a group of guys like these."
3 - Where, when, how to watch today's Pro Bowl**
The AFC all-stars, which features Bills running back LeSean McCoy and guard Richie Incognito, will take on the NFL all-stars in the 2018 Pro Bowl. Here's everything you need to know to catch today's contest.
Where:Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Date:Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Time:3 p.m. ET
Announcers:Sean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck
Halftime show:Jordan Fisher
This is the second-straight season the Pro Bowl has been held in Orlando. However, last year the game was played at 8 p.m. This year, for the first time in nearly 10 years, the all-star game has been removed from primetime. It's an adjustment, but make sure to tune into kickoff at 3 p.m.
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