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Three things to watch in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando

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The second to last NFL “game” of the year gets played Sunday afternoon at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, as the NFC and AFC tangle in the 2018 Pro Bowl.

We put “game” in quotes, because at this point, the lack of blocking, hustling and tackling like a real football game has almost turned the Pro Bowl into a farce. It’s understood that there’s a risk of injury involved in an exhibition game, but we also understand that these players and their agents want the bonus money from their contracts for making the game. And, they want the potential extra money from wining today too:

So, we’ll put our first thing to watch as: how hard will the guys on both sides go at it? Normally, in the second half of this game, the NBA All-Star Game or the NHL All Star Game (being played tonight in Tampa), the players will get more serious in the final quarter or period. We’ll see.

Next, it will be fun to see the Jacksonville Jaguars get to soak up the accolades of their tremendous turnaround season of 2017. Just a week removed from their heart breaker loss in the final minutes of the AFC Championship Game to the Patriots, there are five Jaguars active for the AFC roster tonight (DL Calais Campbell is sitting out with an injury). And, they are all on the defensive side of the ball.

This includes high strung-out spoken DB Jalen Ramsey, who is making his first Pro Bowl appearance in just his second season. If you are looking for a fun-entertaining player, who may actually put a hit on an NFC player and then “woof” after he does it, we’ll see if Ramsey is your man.

Finally, there are other stars from our state teams: the Dolphins and the Buccaneers. Miami with WR Jarvis Landry, who already showed off his immense physical talents in the Skills competition, will get a chance to showcase himself, once more in this game. Miami, also has safety Reshad Jones on the AFC squad.

Meanwhile, the Bucs are represented by DT Gerald McCoy, who is making his sixth consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl and was named a captain by his NFC team. McCoy was very outspoken in Orlando earlier this week, and was willing to put a lot the blame for Tampa Bay’s disappointing 5-11 season on the players.

Also, on the NFC squad and making his first Pro Bowl appearance is LB Kwon Alexander, who just completed his third season.

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