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Bucs’ Mike Evans, Chris Godwin picked for Pro Bowl

Linebacker Shaquil Barrett also selected for the Jan. 26 Pro Bowl in Orlando. Here are the rosters.
Bucs receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) from the Sept. 22 game against the Giants.
Bucs receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) from the Sept. 22 game against the Giants. [ MARK LOMOGLIO | AP ]
Published Dec. 18, 2019
Updated Dec. 18, 2019

TAMPA — Pro Bowl voters felt a lot like defensive coordinators when trying to choose between Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Which Bucs receiver do you have to pay the most attention to?

The answer was both.

Evans and Godwin were each selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team Tuesday night in a vote by fans, coaches and players.

It’s the third Pro Bowl selection for Evans, who also received the honor in 2016 and 2018, but the first for Godwin.

Outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who leads the NFL with 16.5 sacks and tied Warren Sapp’s franchise record Sunday at Detroit, was named to his first Pro Bowl.

Unfortunately, it‘s uncertain whether either Evans or Godwin will be able to play in the NFL all-star game Jan. 26 in Orlando since both are out with hamstring injuries.

“It’s always an honor to be named to the Pro Bowl, but especially this year because I get to experience it with Chris,” Evans said. “To be the first pair of receivers in Buccaneers history to go the Pro Bowl in the same season is awesome."

Evans joined Randy Moss as the only players to record six, 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start his career.

Evans has 67 catches for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns before injuring his hamstring two weeks ago.

Godwin leads the Bucs with 86 catches, is second in the NFL with 1,333 yards and has a team-leading nine touchdowns.

“Getting named to my first career Pro Bowl is such a blessing,” Godwin said. “This is a special moment, and while I’ve worked hard to get to where I am in my career, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my teammates and coaches.

“I’ve had the chance to play alongside some of the best in the NFL, including Mike Evans, and sharing the honor with Mike makes it even better. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

An undrafted player from Colorado State who had 14 sacks in five seasons with the Broncos, Barrett signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Bucs. He got off to a hot start with nine sacks in his first four games.

"To make the Pro Bowl, it’s a dream come true,” Shaq Barrett said. “That’s the best way I can sum it up. I dreamed of this growing up. It’s a huge honor and I can only hope that I’ll have more to follow.”

Pro Bowl Rosters

NFC

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Drew Brees, New Orleans; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay; Russell Wilson, Seattle.

Tight Ends: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia; George Kittle, San Francisco.

Wide Receivers: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay; Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay; Julio Jones, Atlanta; Michael Thomas, New Orleans.

Tackles: Terron Armstead, New Orleans; Tyron Smith, Dallas; David Bakhtiari, Green Bay.

Guards: Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia; Zack Martin, Dallas; Brandon Scherff, Washington.

Centers: Travis Frederick, Dallas; Jason Kelce, Philadelphia.

Running Backs: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas; Christian McCaffrey, Carolina.

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

DEFENSE

Defensive Ends: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota; Nick Bosa, San Francisco.

Interior Lineman: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta.

Outside Linebackers: Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay; Khalil Mack, Chicago; Chandler Jones, Arizona.

Inside/Middle Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle.

Cornerbacks: Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans; Jalen Ramsey, L.A. Rams; Richard Sherman, San Francisco.

Free Safeties: Budda Baker, Arizona; Eddie Jackson, Chicago.

Strong Safety: Harrison Smith, Minnesota.

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Tress Way, Washington.

Placekicker: Wil Lutz, New Orleans.

Long snapper: Rick Lovato, Philadelphia.

Return Specialist: Deonte Harris, New Orleans.

Special Teamer: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago.

AFC

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore; Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City; Deshaun Watson, Houston.

Tight ends: Mark Andrews, Baltimore; Travis Kelce, Kansas City.

Wide Receivers: Keenan Allen, L.A. Chargers; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland.

Tackles: Trent Brown, Oakland; Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore; Laremy Tunsil, Houston.

Guards: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis.

Centers: Rodney Hudson, Oakland; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Running Backs: Nick Chubb, Cleveland; Derrick Henry, Tennessee; Mark Ingram, Baltimore.

Fullback: Patrick Ricard, Baltimore.

DEFENSE

Defensive Ends: Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Frank Clark, Kansas City.

Interior Lineman: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh; Chris Jones, Kansas City.

Outside Linebackers: Matthew Judon, Baltimore; Von Miller, Denver; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh.

Inside/Middle Linebackers: Dont’a Hightower, New England; Darius Leonard, Indianapolis.

Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, New England; Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore; Marcus Peters, Baltimore; Tre’Davious White, Buffalo.

Free Safeties: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh; Earl Thomas, Baltimore.

Strong Safety: Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Brett Kern, Tennessee

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore.

Long snapper: Morgan Cox, Baltimore.

Return Specialist: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City.

Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England.