The NFL announced its rosters for the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Denver Broncos edge-rusher Von Miller highlighting the AFC roster and New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leading the NFC:
According to NFL.com, the five events in this year's Skills Showdown will be as follows:
- 40 Yard Splash: "Players race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football, dropping an opposing team member into the tank."
- Gridiron Gauntlet: A head-to-head relay race featuring various obstacles.
- Best Hands: A timed relay race in which participants are tasked with making a variety of catches, including "diving, one-handed, over the shoulder."
- Precision Passing: The two quarterbacks from each conference and one non-quarterback per team will attempt to hit as many targets as possible in a one-minute time frame.
- Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Two teams will compete in a best-of-three dodgeball showdown.
The event may be particularly bittersweet for Cameron Jordan, whose New Orleans Saints lost against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game. The refs missed a pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter that cost the Saints a chance to run down the clock and kick a game-winning field goal.
Instead, the game ultimately went to overtime, where Drew Brees threw an interception on the Saints' opening drive and Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal to end the game on the next possession. For Jordan, competing in a fun game of dodgeball might be little consolation for not playing in this year's Super Bowl.
That will be the case for many of the players in the event who reached the postseason but won't be heading to the Super Bowl. That said, the event promises to be an entertaining watch, given the variety of skilled and interesting competitions for the participants this year.