5 Cleveland Browns who were snubbed from the 2021 Pro Bowl
All three are deserving, but there are even more Cleveland players who should have been selected but were not. The Pro Bowl may be a meaningless popularity contest, but that doesn’t mean us fans can’t get our pitchforks and torches out.
Here are the top five Browns Pro Bowl snubs for this year.
Honorable mention: Andy Janovich, FB
Andy Janovich is in his fifth NFL season and his first with the Browns after he was traded for a 2021 seventh-round pick. He’s a reliable run blocker and great in pass protection. Head coach Kevin Stefanski wanted a fullback for his offense, and Janovich just so happened to be one of the league’s best. It’s been a long time since Cleveland has had a real fullback, with the last frequently-used one being the legendary Lawrence Vickers, who, if we’re being honest, probably deserved to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Janovich lead AFC FBs in the fan vote, but Patrick Ricard of the Baltimore Ravens was selected instead. There is an argument to be made for either player, as Ricard has been used almost as a tight end in the absence of Nick Boyle, and has scored a touchdown in each of the past two seasons. His 6-3, 311-pound frame is also unique among his position group.
Both are good players, and certainly the AFC’s best at their positions. It’s hard to go wrong with either of them, but since there is only one spot on the roster, one of them will be left out, and this year, that was Janovich. The Browns can return the favor by making the playoffs instead of the Ravens.