Pro Bowl 2014: Most Impressive Performances from Hawaii

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 26, 2014

January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders quarterback Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles (9) passes the football during warm ups before the 2014 Pro Bowl against Team Rice at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL Pro Bowl is a time where the league's best players get together to compete for the fans in Hawaii, and while the past few years have generated some mediocre play, this year's game was arguably one of the best in recent memory.

After a 20-yard touchdown score from Alex Smith to DeMarco Murray, Team Rice decided to go for two. They converted the two-point conversion on a Mike Tolbert run, giving them a 22-21 lead and an eventual victory over Team Sanders.

 

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Redskins RB was a Pro Bowl alternate after he replaced Marshawn Lynch, who is heading to the Super Bowl. Morris ended up being one of the most productive players in the game.

Morris only had four yards on two carries, but he also had 69 receiving yards on four receptions. Those 69 yards were the most of any receiver on either side, which is pretty impressive for a running back.

In just his second year in the league, Morris showed explosiveness an big-play ability. This is just his first Pro Bowl selection, but given what we saw, it looks like Morris will be in a few more before his career is over.

 

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 26: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns and Team Rice makes a catch for a touchdown against Team Sanders during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 26, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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With 1,646 yards in just 14 games played, Josh Gordon led the NFL in receiving yards this past season, despite playing on a team with a tumultuous situation at the quarterback position.

Gordon showed everyone just how effective he can be with a Pro Bowl quarterback throwing him the ball.

The 22-year-old out of Baylor had six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown along with a 13-yard run on a reverse. 

Given that Gordon is only in his second season in the NFL, it's safe to say that he has yet to hit his prime, and that should scare the rest of the NFL.

 

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws a pass during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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After replacing Michael Vick halfway through the season, Nick Foles proved to the rest of the league that he has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He threw for 2,891 yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the regular season, posting a 119.2 passer rating.

Foles helped prove himself even more in the Pro Bowl game, completing seven of his 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, giving him a 130.8 passer rating. His performance was good enough to help him win the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP award.

The Eagles congratulated Foles via their Twitter account.

In a year where a lot of young stars emerged, Foles might have been the most surprising of them all. With Chip Kelly as his coach, it looks like Foles might be the perfect quarterback to run Philadelphia's new offensive scheme.