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TE Austin Hooper, LB Deion Jones and 3 others 2019 Pro Bowl alternates for Falcons

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Five Falcons are alternates and could join Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett in the Pro Bowl.

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The Falcons are sending Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett to the Pro Bowl, and they are easily the two most deserving players from the team this year. They may be alone in representing the Falcons at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, however.

A total of five Atlanta players have been named alternates this year, and it’s a mix of names you’d expect and ones you probably wouldn’t guess if I gave you 15 tries.

Austin Hooper is a logical choice. Had he not missed time, he might have a credible case as the best tight end in the NFC this year, and he’s still among the best. Hoop’s got 61 grabs for 660 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season and has blocked well most of the year, and those are very impressive stats for just 11 games.

Deion Jones is also a logical choice. The stud linebacker isn’t putting up the gaudy counting stats this year, but he’s piled up 104 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits and 3 pass deflections while serving as one of the team’s premier pursuit players and looking pretty great in coverage. Considering he’s coming off a major injury he may have rushed back from in 2018, that’s a quality year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he cranks it up to another level next year.

Alex Mack has been his usual steady, available self at center, and even if he’s coasting a bit on name recognition at this point, it’s not like he’s not still one of the better centers in football. He and Jake Matthews have been the only reliable options all year for this team, though Kaleb McGary is improving and Chris Lindstrom’s return is welcome.

Kenjon Barner is a logical choice on special teams, too, because he’s been excellent as a returner. He’s averaging a sterling 26.6 yards per return on 13 kickoff returns, and he has 30 punt returns for 244 yards (an 8.1 yard average) and one of the most impressive special teams touchdowns the Falcons have ever managed. He’s done all that while endearing himself to the fanbase, and should be back here next year.

Finally, Josh Harris is a cool name to add to the group, considering long snappers often don’t get the love they deserve. Harris has been one of the most reliable at his position in the NFL for a long, long time now, and that’s continued this year even with all the special teams turmoil the Falcons have endured.

Congratulations to all of these guys, and we’ll see if any of them end up playing in the Pro Bowl.