The voting for the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl is underway, and the NFL on Wednesday released updated standings for the fan votes. The top ten players are, as usual, dominated by quarterbacks, with the New England Patriots' Tom Brady leading the way with 342,471 votes, followed by the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton, and the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers. Atlanta Falcons running back Devanta Freeman is fifth, the first non-quarterback on the list.
The other half of the top ten are New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Bekham, Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, and St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley.
The league also released the top ten players receiving votes at each position thus far. On that list, the Miami Dolphins start to have players make an appearance:
- Mike Pouncey is currently sixth at center (7th in last update on November 11)
- Ndamukong Suh is currently sixth at defensive tackle (7th)
- Reshad Jones is currently sixth at strong safety (9th)
- Matt Darr is currently eighth at punter (7th)
- Jarvis Landry is currently sixth at return specialist (4th)
Previously, the Dolphins also had defensive end Cameron Wake on the list, ranked seventh at the position. He tore his Achilles' tendon earlier this year and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Linebacker Spencer Paysinger was tenth in the special teams player voting on the November 11th update as well.
Pro Bowl players are selected by fans, players, and coaches, with each group getting one-third of the vote. Starting in 2014, the NFL removed the conference alignment from the Pro Bowl, allowing the best players, regardless of playing in the AFC or NFC to be selected to the game, with a "fantasy draft" conducted by former NFL greats establishing the roster for the game.
The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.