Knocking on the Pro Bowl door
Robinson, Jennings, Ryan among those who appear poised to earn first trip
Last year, a staggering 46 first-time players were either voted into or received invitations to the Pro Bowl.
Part of the transition can be attributed to the format change. To boost ratings, the Pro Bowl was played the Sunday between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. Pro Bowlers from the Super Bowl teams were excused. With the Pro Bowl being so close to the playoffs, more Pro Bowlers from other teams, still aching from the pains of the regular season, pulled out.
Knowing the door is open for more players to draw consideration, here's a look at who could make a maiden voyage to the Pro Bowl, which returns to Hawaii this season.
John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.