Houston Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney, WR DeAndre Hopkins, ILB Benardrick McKinney and DE J.J. Watt were named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. on January 27, 2019. This marks the 15th-consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player elected to the Pro Bowl and the four selections are the most for Houston since 2012.
CB Kareem Jackson, S Tyrann Mathieu, RB Lamar Miller and QB Deshaun Watson were each selected as alternates.
Clowney was named to his third career and third consecutive Pro Bowl (2016-18). He has registered 37 total tackles (31 solo), 8.0 sacks, 17 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries in 13 games played this season. He ranks tied for ninth in the NFL in tackles for loss and tied for 10th in the AFC in sacks. Clowney has five games this season with multiple quarterback hits and four games with multiple tackles for loss. His 51 tackles for loss since 2016 are tied for the third-most in the NFL in that span. Additionally, he leads the NFL in run stuffs with 31.5 since 2016.
Hopkins was selected to his third career and second consecutive Pro Bowl (2015, 2017-18). He has compiled 94 receptions for 1,321 yards (14.1 avg.) and 11 touchdowns on 135 targets. He is third in the NFL in receiving yards, tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns and seventh in receptions. Hopkins leads all offensive skill players in the NFL in playtime percentage this season, playing in 99.16% of Houston's offensive plays (944-of-952). He became the second-youngest player in NFL history to record 500 career receptions and second-youngest to 7,000 receiving yards, trailing only Larry Fitzgerald in both categories. Hopkins also has posted the most receptions (507), receiving yards (7,186) and receiving touchdowns (47) through the first six seasons of a player's career in Texans history.
McKinney, who was selected to his first career Pro Bowl, leads the Texans with 96 total tackles (58 solo) this season to go along with 1.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, one forced fumble and a single-season career-high four passes defensed. He ranks 11th in the AFC in total tackles this season and ranks fifth in the AFC since 2016 with 320 total tackles. McKinney also ranks ninth in team history in total tackles (378) and seventh in tackles for loss (30) to go along with 10.5 career sacks, 26 career quarterback hits, seven career passes defensed and three career forced fumbles in 60 games (57 starts).
This marks the fifth career Pro Bowl selection for Watt (2012-15, 2018), who has compiled 54 total tackles (41 solo), 14.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 24 quarterback hits, four passes defensed and a single-season franchise-record six forced fumbles this season. He is tied for the NFL lead in forced fumbles, tied for second in sacks, tied for fourth in tackles for loss and tied for eighth in quarterback hits. He's also the NFL's all-time leader in sacks per game at 0.89 and his 90.5 sacks are the second-most through a player's first 102 career games. Watt leads the league in tackles for loss (153), quarterback hits (243), multi-sack games (24) and passes defensed by a defensive lineman (51) since entering the league in 2011. He's also tied for the most fumble recoveries (13) and ranks fourth in forced fumbles (21) since 2011.
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