In their ongoing effort to make the Pro Bowl more attractive to players who might otherwise find an excuse to drop out of the game, the NFL decided to eliminate kickoffs.
Trust me, offensive and defensive regulars had no desire to go to Hawaii and run down on kick coverage. Especially in a game with no defense and therefore tons of kickoffs. So losing kickoffs likely made most players happy.
A sad side effect of the elimination of kickoffs is that kickoff return specialists will now have no role in the game. Evidently no one told Cordarrelle Patterson this before today. Because he just tweeted about it and seemed a little bit surprised.
— cordarrelle (@ceeflashpee84) January 26, 2014
Patterson will still see some action on punt returns…if there are any punts. Otherwise he’ll just be a sad guy sitting on the bench watching everyone else go through their half-hearted paces on the field.
The good news: If he does’t get in, there’s no chance of him getting injured. Keep that in mind if you find yourself getting frustrated over Patterson’s lack of Pro Bowl action.
Or just remember that it’s the Pro Bowl.