Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt named to 2018 Pro Bowl

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Running back Kareem Hunt
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Running back Kareem Hunt /

The Kansas City Chiefs had 3 players named to the initial Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday evening, all from the team’s high-powered offense.

For the last few years, the Kansas City Chiefs defense was the dominant unit that carried the team through tough stretches, anchored by longtime Pro Bowl players like Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Marcus Peters. Some of those players might even suit up for this year’s Pro Bowl as well, but it shows just how much the pendulum has swung in K.C. that this year’s initial Pro Bowl honors for the Chiefs are all on offense.

Rookie running back Kareem Hunt, tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill were all honored for their tremendous seasons this year with Pro Bowl nominations. For Hill, it was an interesting (and confusing) nomination in particular because he’s listed as a returner. While he’s the NFL’s best big play wideout at this point and is 7th overall in receiving yards, somehow he’s going to be relegated to special teams in the Pro Bowl.

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For Kelce, this is his third nomination and it’s well deserved. He’s only 9 yards from breaking the 1,000 yard barrier and he’s proven himself to be a match-up nightmare for most teams. He’s become a reliable outlet on 3rd-and-long, frustrating defenses with his ability to move the chains at key times.

Finally there’s Kareem Hunt, who has been nothing short of a revelation as a rookie running back. He’s a nightmare to bring down and leads the NFL in broken tackles among running backs. He also generates tremendous yards even after contact. He’s currently second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,201, just 21 yards off of the overall lead of Le’Veon Bell.

More Pro Bowl alternates will be announced as players decide not to play due to injury or various teams make the Super Bowl, forcing openings in those players positions. You can see the full list of Pro Bowlers here.