Jason Verrett Replaces Darrelle Revis at 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) celebrates the interception of against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of their NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett was named a Pro Bowl first alternate in December and will fulfill that designation by replacing Darrelle Revis, the Chargers announced Thursday.

Verrett led San Diego with three interceptions and 11 pass deflections in 2015.

Verrett, the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2014, was humbled after learning he will participate in his first Pro Bowl, per Ricky Henne of Chargers.com.

"This is a huge honor," he said. "This is something I’ve been watching since I was a kid. … It hasn’t sunk in too much that I am Pro Bowler just yet, but that is why I play this game: to be one of the best. Right now it’s happening that way, and I want to keep things going that route. I’m definitely soaking it all in."

One could make a valid argument that Verrett should’ve been included on the initial roster—Pro Football Focus ranked him as the third-best cornerback in the league this season:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

Every Cornerback ranked from best to worst this season. Best: Tyrann Mathieu Worst: Brandon Browner https://t.co/x3Hy6ac2ZW

The Pro Bowl will take place Jan. 31, and Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will draft the two teams Jan. 27.

San Diego ranked 18th against the pass but allowed the 10th-fewest passing touchdowns in 2015, and found its groove after the bye in Week 10:

San Diego Chargers — 2015 Defensive Stats
Pass DefenseWeeks 1-9Weeks 11-17
Yards Allowed (per game)249.2128.4
Pass TDs Allowed166
Total Turnovers Forced911

With the team expecting to lose star safety Eric Weddle in free agency and Verrett blossoming in only his second season, the former TCU Horned Frogs star could become the anchor of the Chargers pass defense in 2016.


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