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NFL Pro Bowl Snubs 2016: Twitter Reacts to This Year's Biggest Omissions

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2015

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson, right, catches a 4-yard pass in front of Indianapolis Colts strong safety Mike Adams, left, during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Jacksonville defeated the Colts 51-16. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Stephen B. Morton/Associated Press

The moment NFL fans have been waiting for all season has officially arrived—the announcement of the 2016 Pro Bowl rosters.

All right, so that may be an exaggeration, but the Pro Bowl represents an important honor for players as they build their individual resumes and receive recognition for impressive seasons. Perhaps most importantly for those selected, it means their peers recognized them as All-Star-caliber players.

According to CBSLA.com, "the NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams."

While the game does not take place until Jan. 31, 2016, in Honolulu, where Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will serve as captains of their respective teams (instead of the old AFC vs. NFC format), there were a handful of players who were overlooked during Tuesday's roster announcements.

Naturally, Twitter reacted to the snubs. NFL.com shared a list of the full roster pool of those not snubbed that was headlined by playmakers such as Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rob Gronkowski.

Nobody has more touchdown catches than the 13 Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson has through Week 15, but he was only named a first alternate. Adam Stites of SB Nation juxtaposed Robinson's stats with that of household name Calvin Johnson and reacted to the omission:

Adam Stites @AdamStites_

Allen Robinson’s 1,141 yards and 13 TDs weren’t enough to beat Calvin Johnson’s 1,000 yards and 7 TDs. But I guess that’s not surprising.

Perhaps voters should have seen more plays like this, per the NFL:

There may not have been a more glaring snub that Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, and Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post did not seem pleased with the voting:

Andrew Abramson @AbramsonFL

Seriously don't understand how Reshad Jones didn't make Pro Bowl. His numbers have been great this season.

To his credit, Jones congratulated some who did get the nod:

Reshad Jones @reshadjones9

Shout out to the Dawgs in the #ProBowl! @ajgreen_18 @TG3II @ThomasDavisSDTM @JHouston50 #UGAMade

Jones wasn't the only safety who was snubbed. Philadelphia Eagles playmaker Malcolm Jenkins failed to make the squad despite these formidable metrics, per Pro Football Focus:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

Reshad Jones and Malcolm Jenkins were 2 of PFF's top 5 rated safeties, neither got the call. #ProBowlSnubs

Matt Lombardo of NJ.com said the former Ohio State safety at least has another honor to potentially look forward to after an impressive season:

Matt Lombardo @MattLombardoNFL

I think Malcolm Jenkins is an obvious Pro Bowl snub, but would be even more shocked if he isn't at least a second-team All-Pro. #Eagles #NFL

Another defender left off the Pro Bowl roster was Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. While Dallas has not had the season it wanted, Lee has been a rock in the middle of the defense. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said the list of snubs should certainly include the linebacker: 

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The guy pictured, Sean Lee, is a good place to start #snubs https://t.co/3zpEs6cdWZ

Elsewhere, Cincinnati Bengals fans would have a case if they complained about the exclusion of cornerback Adam Jones and quarterback Andy Dalton. Even though Dalton is injured heading into Week 16, he has his team atop the AFC North and looking like a real threat to win the Lombardi Trophy if and when he returns. John Boruk of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia commented on Dalton:

John Boruk @johnborukNBCS

So the QB (Andy Dalton) with the 3rd best QB rating (106.3) in the league isn't selected for the Pro Bowl? That's a snub

Another AFC North player who didn't make it was Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, who has 799 rushing yards and nine scores in place of the injured Le'Veon Bell. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com did not agree with the decision to keep Williams off the Pro Bowl roster:

Williams' patience, burst and receiving ability looks the same as it did nearly a decade ago. He has kept the Pittsburgh running game afloat with very little drop-off from the league's best running back Le'Veon Bell. We'd put Williams on the team over LeSean McCoy, who made very little impact in the first five weeks of the season.

Sticking with the division, Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge did not make the cut despite posting 930 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches in a middling offense. Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com pointed to the tight end's ability to continue posting numbers in Cleveland as a reason he should be on the team:

Tony Grossi @TonyGrossi

#Browns TE Gary Barnidge deserved Pro Bowl regular spot. Bet he wins higher honor as All-Pro. Try putting up his numbers on #Browns.

While Barnidge is not in the playoff race, New York Jets running back Chris Ivory is, but he was only named an alternate. His teammate Damon Harrison was not pleased with the snub:

Damon Harrison Sr. @snacks

No @ivory33 👀 "come on mannnn"

Much of the focus was on the omissions and arguable mistakes made by voters, but Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star pointed to the most inspiring part of Tuesday's roster announcement:

Terez A. Paylor @TerezPaylor

Eric Berry has made his fourth Pro Bowl a year after being diagnosed with lymphoma. A remarkable story.

The Pro Bowl really does matter in instances like that.       

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