The roster for the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl will be announced on Tuesday night and the top talent in the NFL will be tabbed to take a trip to Orlando, Fla. to enjoy a week full of activities and relaxation, mixed with a little bit of football.
While the Washington Redskins have had a less-than-impressive season, there are still several players who put up Pro Bowl worthy stats, and they’ve made a case to be recognized among the best talent in the NFL. Here’s who we think should get a nod to be honored among the league’s best.
Tress Way | Punter
It points towards an unfortunate outcome for your team when the punter is arguably the most deserving player of a Pro Bowl vote, but that’s where the Redskins find themselves this season. Thanks to Way, Washington leads the league in net yards per punt and gross yards per punt.
Way has pinned an opponent inside its 20-yard line 50 times the past two years and booted it into the end zone for a touchback just twice in 145 attempts over that time. The Redskins are 3-10, but Way more than anyone is doing his job at an All-Pro level, and the franchise hasn’t had an All-Pro selection in two decades.
If anyone from Washington is to earn a trip to Orlando, it’s got to be Way.
Quinton Dunbar | Cornerback
Dunbar has quietly risen to an elite level among active cornerbacks in the NFL, and he has helped to turn around a young defensive secondary in Washington. Through 14 games, Dunbar has four interceptions, which is good for eighth in the NFL. He is allowing a passer rating of just 68.4 when being targeted, and he’s given up just three touchdowns on the season.
The Redskins run defense has been spotty this season, but Dunbar has been able to make sure that the passing defense hasn’t fallen off completely by keeping his side of the field in check.
Matt Ioannidis | Defensive Lineman
Ioannidis has had a career season, and he continually leads the defensive line game in and game out. He currently has the third-most sacks by a defensive tackle this year with 8.5, and he is sixth on the team with 56 tackles. While Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen have at times struggled to break out like they were expected to do this season, Ioannidis has picked up the slack and acted as a dominant force on the Redskins defensive line.
Adrian Peterson | Running Back
This is probably the least likely to happen among all Redskins’ candidates, but it’s quite possibly the most deserving. His stats don’t quite jump off the page among NFL running backs — 784 yards and 4 touchdowns — but the fact that AP has managed to stay productive at the age of 34 is remarkable.
He’s crossed off a number of career achievements this season as well, including moving up to the No. 4 spot on the NFL’s Career Rushing TD list, and he’s now No. 5 on the NFL Career Rushing Yards list. If only to honor him further, Peterson deserves to be among the league’s best in Florida this winter.