On Tuesday evening, the NFL announced the initial rosters for the 2016 Pro Bowl. Representing the Green Bay Packers are linebacker Clay Matthews, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and guard Josh Sitton.
Matthews earned his sixth appearance on a Pro Bowl team and his first while spending a full season playing inside linebacker. This will be the fifth appearance for Rodgers and the third for Sitton.
Matthews has made the Pro Bowl in every professional season except 2013. Although Matthews currently has a career-low in sacks for a single season at 5.5, his inside-outside versatility has been crucial to Dom Capers' defense. In 2015, Matthews has 47 solo tackles and 16 assists, 5.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery, and three passes defended. He will join a stacked linebacking corps on the Pro Bowl teams, which includes Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis (Panthers), Von Miller and Demarcus Ware (Broncos), Navorro Bowman (49ers), and Tamba Hali (Chiefs).
Although the narrative is that Rodgers is struggling this season, he is still putting up numbers generally reserved for only the best NFL quarterbacks. Though he is averaging career lows in completion percentage (60.8) and passing yards per game (241.4), he still has 29 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions and has run for another 313 yards and a score.
Sitton continues to anchor the Packers' offensive line from the left guard position. Despite nagging injuries often keeping him out of practice during the middle of the week, he has started every game this season.
The Packers also got one player named as an alternate, fullback John Kuhn. Kuhn was a Pro Bowler in 2010 and 2014, and was named first-team All-Pro in 2014 as well.