Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McCoy, Revis (but not David) named to Pro Bowl

TAMPA — For the second year in a row, the Bucs have multiple players in the Pro Bowl as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Darrelle Revis found out Friday night they're headed to Hawaii.

McCoy is Tampa Bay's first back-to-back Pro Bowl pick in seven years while Revis is going for the fifth time, though his first with the Bucs. As excited as McCoy is for his return trip, he said he is disappointed that Bucs linebacker Lavonte David — among the league leaders at his position in tackles, sacks and interceptions — wasn't among the names called.

"I don't like that at all," said McCoy, who added he is confident David will join him as soon as a spot opens up. "I told him and I want to say it publicly: If I could get back my opportunity to go and give it to him, I would. That's my little brother, and he's more than deserving. I don't think it's fair. He got snubbed."

Because the Jan. 26 game is played a week after the conference title games, players from the Super Bowl teams do not participate, which creates openings.

Injuries also will create them.

Even if David gets to Hawaii, there is no guarantee he, McCoy and Revis will be teammates. Under a new format, Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will lead teams they draft.

McCoy has nine sacks, second among defensive tackles. He said last year when he went to Hawaii, ex-Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp challenged him.

"He said, 'Now that you got in once, what are you going to do with it?' Now you have an opportunity to be perennial,' " McCoy said. "I've been blessed enough to do it back-to-back years. Can I keep this going? He was telling me getting one is good, getting two in a row is great. When you put a streak together, that's elite. That's what he's trying to motivate me to be."

For Revis, 28, it's his fifth Pro Bowl following four straight from 2008-11. After missing most of 2012 with a torn left ACL, it's a sign the Revis of old has returned, even if he has admitted he has been at less than 100 percent much of this season.

"It's always an honor to get selected to the Pro Bowl," Revis said in a statement. "While I still believe I'm capable of more, this selection shows that people around the league respect the way I prepare and play. I'm excited to be able to share the experience with Gerald, and I'm still holding out hope that Lavonte will be able to join us because he's very deserving as well."

David, a second-year pro from Nebraska, is one of just 12 players with 120-plus tackles, but he's the only player among those with six or more sacks and five or more interceptions. All six of the outside linebackers chosen to go to Hawaii were from 3-4 defenses, where the position is used more for pass rushing than in a 4-3 such as Tampa Bay's.

McCoy is the Bucs' first player to make the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons since 2006, when cornerback Ronde Barber went for the third time in a row and linebacker Derrick Brooks went for the 10th straight season.

The Bucs had been relatively quiet in the fan voting, which comprises one-third of the selection process. (The coaches and players also vote.)

David finished fifth among outside linebackers with 197,428 votes, though the four finishing ahead of him were from 3-4 defenses. McCoy finished ninth among defensive tackles with 152,671 votes, and Revis finished 10th among cornerbacks with 187,634. Strong safety Mark Barron had ranked among the top 10 as recently as last week but missed the final top 10.

A year ago, the Bucs had three players go to Hawaii: McCoy, receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Doug Martin. From 2009-11, they had a total of two, missing entirely in 2009 and sending single players in 2010 (left tackle Donald Penn) and 2011 (right guard Davin Joseph).

 
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