Pro Bowl 2016: TV Schedule, Live Stream and NFL Players Pool

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Pro Bowl 2016: TV Schedule, Live Stream and NFL Players Pool
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There's no such thing as an off week in the NFL these days, with this weekend's impending showdown between Team Irvin and Team Rice at the 2016 Pro Bowl as the ultimate proof.

Due to iffy ratings and reception in the past, Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin are back in control of teams this year in the unconferenced format. The draft from the player pool will once again draw inspiration from fantasy football to hook viewers.

It's rather fitting that the Pro Bowl is in the headlines after what was the wildest season in recent memory, as it has been a hotbed for strange oddities in past years—which is a good thing. Here's a look at viewing info and the player pool, which continues to morph as players drop and get added in the wake of conference championship weekend.

 

Game Details

When: Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

NFL Players Pool

Offense
Position Player Team
QB Tom Brady (I) New England Patriots
QB Cam Newton (I) Carolina Panthers
QB Carson Palmer (I) Arizona Cardinals
QB Tyrod Taylor (R) Buffalo Bills
QB Jameis Winston (R) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Teddy Bridgewater (R) Minnesota Vikings
QB Aaron Rodgers (I) Green Bay Packers
QB Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
QB Ben Roethlisberger (I) Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Derek Carr (R) Oakland Raiders
QB Eli Manning (R) New York Giants
RB Jonathan Stewart (I) Carolina Panthers
RB Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
RB LeSean McCoy (I) Buffalo Bills
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams
RB Latavius Murray (R) Oakland Raiders
RB Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons
RB Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB Chris Ivory (R) New York Jets
FB Pat DiMarco (R) Atlanta Falcons
FB Mike Tolbert (I) Carolina Panthers
FB Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders
WR Brandon Marshall (I) New York Jets
WR Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
WR Calvin Johnson (I) Detroit Lions
WR DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
WR Antonio Brown (I) Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
WR Allen Robinson (R) Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Jarvis Landry (R) Miami Dolphins
WR Amari Cooper (R) Oakland Raiders
TE Greg Olsen (I) Carolina Panthers
TE Delanie Walker (R) Tennessee Titans
TE Gary Barnidge (R) Cleveland Browns
TE Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs
TE Rob Gronkowski (I) New England Patriots
TE Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals
OT Trent Williams (I) Washington Redskins
OT Andrew Whitworth Cincinnati Bengals
OT Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
OT Joe Staley San Francisco 49ers
OT Tyron Smith Dallas Cowboys
OT Jason Peters Philadelphia Eagles
OT Branden Albert (R) Miami Dolphins
C Mike Pouncey (I) Miami Dolphins
C Eric Wood (R) Buffalo Bills
C Alex Mack Cleveland Browns
C Ryan Kalil (I) Carolina Panthers
C Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys
C Nick Mangold (R) New York Jets
OG Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens
OG Logan Mankins (R) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OG Richie Incognito (R) Buffalo Bills
OG Trai Turner (I) Carolina Panthers
OG Josh Sitton Green Bay Packers
OG Zack Martin Dallas Cowboys
OG Mike Iupati Arizona Cardinals
OG David DeCastro Pittsburgh Steelers
Defense/Special Teams
Position Player Team
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (I) New York Jets
DE J.J. Watt (I) Houston Texans
DE Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders
DE Chandler Jones New England Patriots
DE Michael Bennett Seattle Seahawks
DE Ezekiel Ansah Detroit Lions
DE Everson Griffen (R) Minnesota Vikings
DE Carlos Dunlap (R) Cincinnati Bengals
DT Kawann Short (I) Carolina Panthers
DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals
DT Jurrell Casey (R) Tennessee Titans
DT Cam Jordan (R) New Orleans Saints
DT Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams
DT Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles
DT Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals
OLB DeMarcus Ware (I) Denver Broncos
OLB Von Miller (I) Denver Broncos
OLB Julius Peppers (R) Green Bay Packers
OLB Justin Houston (I) Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Tamba Hali Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Elvis Dumervil (R) Baltimore Ravens
OLB Thomas Davis (I) Carolina Panthers
OLB Lavonte David (R) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OLB Jamie Collins New England Patriots
OLB Sean Lee (R) Dallas Cowboys
ILB Bobby Wagner Seattle Seahawks
ILB Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers
ILB Luke Kuechly (I) Carolina Panthers
ILB NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers
CB Aqib Talib (I) Denver Broncos
CB Adam Jones (R) Cincinnati Bengals
CB Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
CB Darrelle Revis (I) New York Jets
CB Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
CB Marcus Peters Kansas City Chiefs
CB Josh Norman (I) Carolina Panthers
CB Chris Harris (I) Denver Broncos
CB Malcolm Butler New England Patriots
CB Desmond Trufant (R) Atlanta Falcons
CB Brent Grimes (R) Miami Dolphins
CB Jason Verrett (R) San Diego Chargers
CB Vontae Davis (R) Indianapolis Colts
S Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders
S Earl Thomas (I) Seattle Seahawks
S Harrison Smith (R) Minnesota Vikings
S Reggie Nelson (I) Cincinnati Bengals
S Reshad Jones (R) Miami Dolphins
S Mike Adams (R) Indianapolis Colts
S Tyrann Mathieu Arizona Cardinals
S Kam Chancellor (I) Seattle Seahawks
S Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
K Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots
K Dan Bailey Dallas Cowboys
P Sam Koch Baltimore Ravens
P Johnny Hekker Los Angeles Rams
PR Darren Sproles Philadelphia Eagles
PR Tyler Lockett Seattle Seahawks
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots
ST Justin Bethel Arizona Cardinals
LS Morgan Cox Baltimore Ravens

NFL.com; I=player replaced, R=replacement

Updating list available at NFL.com

 

What a pool, right?

As is the case most years, folks beat drums about snubs out of the gates. Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson was a popular one in the early going, which made sense after he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 scores—but he's now in the pool as a replacement.

These things tend to sort themselves out, especially with star-studded teams such as the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers heading to the Super Bowl.

The draft also sorts things out. This year's spectacle goes down on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, where Irvin and Rice will square off in the selection process to make things official.

Flanking Irvin and Rice as assistants will be Darren Woodson and Eric Davis, respectively, to help with the defensive side of things.

Perhaps most interesting are the player captains. Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will man one side. Atkins earned the honor by being his usual dominant self, ranking as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the league at Pro Football Focus. Freeman was one of the year's breakout stars with 1,061 rushing yards and 11 scores.

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham will man the other side as player captains. Donald was the only player on the list at PFF to rank ahead of Atkins, and Beckham posted another great season with 96 catches for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Other than an interesting way to sort the teams and the obvious offensive-minded outbursts the game provides, it also continues to serve as a testing ground for quality-of-life improvements the league could implement as soon as next year. 

For example, the league will test a new communication system during the game to help alleviate complaints from coaches about headset issues. NFL.com shared the report:

At next week's Pro Bowl, the NFL will test a new and improved coach-to-coach communication system, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the test goes smoothly, the new system could be implemented for the 2016 season. The hope is the new system will end in-game communication issues that have been experienced by some teams.

With any luck, the testing ground will be the final stop before the changes go leaguewide next season.

At the least, the Pro Bowl has impressive leaders, innovations to help the game and unpredictable outbursts going for it. Some might decry the almost flag-football nature of the contest, but the guys are playing in Honolulu after a 17-week season and a grueling summer of training camp just for the right to suit up for the 17 weeks.

The nature of contest leads to, say, Nick Foles winning offensive MVP in 2014 and Matthew Stafford taking the prize last year.

With so many names still hopping in and out of the process and the draft on the way, there's a certain intrigue around the event. The NFL seems to have found a solid process to fill the weeklong gap before the Super Bowl, and at the least players get rewarded for a long season and the state of the league itself may improve in the process. 

At the end of the day, football is football. Fans can get their fix and see some of their favorite players for the last time Sunday evening.

 

Stats courtesy of NFL.com and are accurate as of January 26. All advanced metrics courtesy of Pro Football FocusAll betting information courtesy of Odds Shark.

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