Wednesday morning brought us an NFL.com article by Marc Sessler that picks a first-time Pro Bowl player for every AFC roster this season. For the Kansas City Chiefs, Sessler chose newly-signed offensive guard Joe Thuney.
Kansas City Chiefs • Joe Thuney • G • Year 6
One begins this exercise by scanning a team’s roster and looking for dudes who A) have unfairly been passed over by Pro Bowl voters or B) vibe as breakout candidates. I was caught off guard to see that Thuney — a 2019 second-team All-Pro who’s played in three Super Bowls and never missed a game — has yet to make the Pro Bowl. That says more about the Pro Bowl than it does about Thuney, who now finds himself protecting Patrick Mahomes. You can already hear Tony Romo going bonkers over Thuney-themed highlights come September. That should be enough to grease the skids into Pro Bowl Land.
Chiefs fans would likely tend to do the same thing as fans of any other team: pick a young, up-and-coming player from whom they hope to see a breakout season. For Kansas City fans, Juan Thornhill or Mecole Hardman would be examples of such players.
But looking from the outside, Sessler’s logic makes sense. He didn’t even mention what might be the most critical point: that the publicity of Thuney’s signing — in which he became the NFL’s second-highest-paid guard — could make him visible enough to get the votes he needs to make his first Pro Bowl. After all... if you’re a guard, visibility doesn’t exactly come with the territory.
As Sessler notes, this probably says more about the Pro Bowl itself than it does about Thuney, who is almost universally expected to continue playing at the level that made the Chiefs want to sign him to a significant long-term contract.
Will Joe Thuney make the Pro Bowl in 2021?
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