Raiders Player Earns Last-Minute Pro Bowl Selection
The Las Vegas Raiders were unable to maximize their talent during their first season under Josh McDaniels, finishing the year third in the AFC West at 6-11. While that was a disappointing outcome for a team that began the year with playoff aspirations, several players still managed to shine on the gridiron.
One of those players was punter A.J. Cole, who was honored with his second straight Pro Bowl selection on Monday.
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While Cole was not one of the players originally selected to the Pro Bowl last month, he was chosen as a replacement on the AFC roster for Kansas City Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend, who is advancing to the Super Bowl.
As a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2021, Cole is a strong backup choice. The 27-year-old finished fourth in the NFL with a 48.9 gross punting average on 59 punts, while his 43.9 net punting average ranked fifth in the league (min. 50 attempts).
Cole will join teammates Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs and Maxx Crosby at this weekend's festivities, which will be held at the Raiders' home stadium. While he'd probably rather be playing in the Super Bowl, at least now he can partake in some of the fun on Sunday.