The NFL announced the complete list of available players for the 2014 Pro Bowl. This year will mark the first time in which the teams will not be divided by conference. Instead, the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will take place to decide which team these players will join.
Two Hall of Famers will serve as captains for their respective teams this year. These captains are none other than Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.
This upcoming Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on the NFL Network during a three-hour long event at 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. That doesn't give these players much time to get accustomed with one another, as the Pro Bowl is played just four days later.
When: Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
|Pro Bowl Roster - Offense|
|QB||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|QB||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|QB||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos|
|QB||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers|
|QB||Philip Rivers||San Diego Chargers|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|WR||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys|
|WR||Josh Gordon||Cleveland Browns|
|WR||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals|
|WR||Andre Johnson||Houston Texans|
|WR||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions|
|WR||Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears|
|WR||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos|
|OT||Branden Albert||Kansas City Chiefs|
|OT||Jason Peters||Philadelphia Eagles|
|OT||Tyron Smith||Dallas Cowboys|
|OT||Joe Staley||San Francisco 49ers|
|OT||Joe Thomas||Cleveland Browns|
|OT||Trent Williams||Washington Redskins|
|OG||Jahri Evans||New Orleans Saints|
|OG||Ben Grubbs||New Orleans Saints|
|OG||Mike Iupati||San Francisco 49ers|
|OG||Logan Mankins||New England Patriots|
|OG||Louis Vasquez||Denver Broncos|
|OG||Marshal Yanda||Baltimore Ravens|
|C||Ryan Kalil||Carolina Panthers|
|C||Alex Mack||Cleveland Browns|
|C||Mike Pouncey||Miami Dolphins|
|C||Max Unger||Seattle Seahawks|
|TE||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns|
|TE||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers|
|TE||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints|
|TE||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos|
|RB||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs|
|RB||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears|
|RB||Frank Gore||San Francisco 49ers|
|RB||Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles|
|RB||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings|
|FB||Marcel Reece||Oakland Raiders|
|FB||Mike Tolbert||Carolina Panthers|
|Pro Bowl Roster - Defense|
|DE||Greg Hardy||Carolina Panthers|
|DE||Cameron Jordan||New Orleans Saints|
|DE||Robert Quinn||St. Louis Rams|
|DE||Cameron Wake||Miami Dolphins|
|DE||J.J. Watt||Houston Texans|
|DE||Mario Williams||Buffalo Bills|
|DT||Gerald McCoy||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|DT||Haloti Ngata||Baltimore Ravens|
|DT||Dontari Poe||Kansas City Chiefs|
|DT||Justin Smith||San Francisco 49ers|
|DT||Ndamukong Suh||Detroit Lions|
|DT||Kyle Williams||Buffalo Bills|
|OLB||John Abraham||Arizona Cardinals|
|OLB||Ahmad Brooks||San Francisco 49ers|
|OLB||Tamba Hali||Kansas City Chiefs|
|OLB||Justin Houston||Kansas City Chiefs|
|OLB||Robert Mathis||Indianapolis Colts|
|OLB||Terrell Suggs||Baltimore Ravens|
|MLB||NaVorro Bowman||San Francisco 49ers|
|MLB||Vontaze Burfict||Cincinnati Bengals|
|MLB||Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers|
|MLB||Patrick Willis||San Francisco 49ers|
|CB||Brandon Flowers||Kansas City Chiefs|
|CB||Brent Grimes||Miami Dolphins|
|CB||Joe Haden||Cleveland Browns|
|CB||Patrick Peterson||Arizona Cardinals|
|CB||Darrelle Revis||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|CB||Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks|
|CB||Aqib Talib||New England Patriots|
|CB||Alterraun Verner||Tennessee Titans|
|FS||Jairus Byrd||Buffalo Bills|
|FS||Earl Thomas||Seattle Seahawks|
|FS||Eric Weddle||San Diego Chargers|
|SS||Eric Berry||Kansas City Chiefs|
|SS||Kam Chancellor||Seattle Seahawks|
|SS||Troy Polamalu||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Pro Bowl Roster - Special Teams|
|P||Brandon Fields||Miami Dolphins|
|P||Johnny Hekker||St. Louis Rams|
|K||Matt Prater||Denver Broncos|
|K||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens|
|PR||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|PR||Dexter McCluster||Kansas City Chiefs|
|ST||Justin Bethel||Arizona Cardinals|
|ST||Matthew Slater||New England Patriots|
Along with the change of adding a draft to this year's Pro Bowl, there have been some significant rule changes as well.
A two-minute warning will now be instituted at the end of each quarter. That means that when every quarter ends, there will be a change of possession. This is supposed to maintain uptempo offenses throughout but could lead to a series of Hail Mary's.
Kickoffs have been eliminated as well. After a change of possession following a score or the end of a quarter, the ball will be placed on a team's 25-yard line and the offense will begin from there.
This has affected the rosters quite a bit, as there are no longer spots for kick returners. There are still punt returners and specialist positions, however.
The game clock has also been significantly modified.
When the game clock winds under the two-minute warning in each quarter, the clock will stop following any play that does not gain yardage. This means if a quarterback is sacked or a running back is stuffed for no gain, the clock will halt until the next play.
Also, outside of the last two minutes of each quarter, the game clock will continue to wind on the referee's signal following an incomplete pass.
All of these changes are supposed to maintain a fluid game with limited stops in the action.
The rosters have not been decided yet, so a prediction here is impossible. One thing is for certain, however: Typically, there are plenty of offensive fireworks during the Pro Bowl. With these new changes that seem to favor the offensive side of the ball, expect another high-scoring game this year.