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Three Packers added to Pro Bowl roster

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 11:25:34-05

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, defensive lineman Kenny Clark and linebacker Za'Darius Smith have been named to the Pro Bowl roster, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Adams (Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones), Clark (Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald) and Smith (Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack) are replacing players who are unable to participate due to injury.

This marks Adams’ third straight trip to the Pro Bowl (2017-19), making him the first Packer wide receiver to make three consecutive Pro Bowls since Sterling Sharpe (1992-94). Despite missing four games due to injury, Adams registered his second career 80-plus-reception season (83 in 2019, 111 in 2018), which is tied for the fourth most in franchise history behind Jordy Nelson (three), Donald Driver (four) and Sharpe (four) according to pro-football-reference.com. He finished 2019 in the top five in the NFL in receptions per game (6.92, No. 4) and receiving yards per game (83.1, No. 5). It was the second straight year Adams finished No. 5 in the NFL in receiving yards per game (92.4 in 2018). The last Packer to finish in the top five in the NFL in that category in back-to-back seasons was Sharpe in 1992-93. He also joined Jones and Mike Evans as the only WRs in the league to finish in the top five both of the last two seasons.

This is Clark’s first trip to the Pro Bowl after being named an alternate in 2018. He tied his career high from last season with six sacks in 2019, with 4.5 sacks coming in the final four regular-season games. Clark finished second on the team with a career-best 89 tackles (52 solo). According to NFL Next Gen Stats, he ranked No. 2 in the NFL during the 2019 regular season with 49 QB pressures and 43 disruptions (combined total of hurries, pressures or sacks - one per play) among players that play at least 75 percent of their snaps on the interior defensive line. He joins Mike Daniels (2017), B.J. Raji (2011), Bob Brown (1972), Henry Jordan (1960-61, 1963, 1966) and Dave Hanner (1953-54) as the only Packers defensive tackles to make the Pro Bowl.

Smith is making his first career Pro Bowl in his first season with Green Bay. He registered 13.5 sacks, ranking No. 6 in the NFL and tying for the fifth most in a single season in franchise history (since 1982). He posted the most sacks by any player in his first season with the Packers (since 1982). According to Sportradar, Smith was tied for No. 1 among NFL linebackers in QB hits (37) and No. 2 in total pressures (50.0) during the regular season. He also led the league with 84 disruptions (combined total of hurries, pressures or sacks - one per play) in 2019. Smith is the first Green Bay linebacker to make the Pro Bowl since Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers in 2015.