It’s expected to be a year that a fair number of Tampa Bay Buccaneers find their way to the Pro Bowl, but two players that many might not be expecting to see honored for the event are sitting atop fan voting heading into Week 12.
One of the two leading vote-getters at offensive guard is not Ali Marpet, who has missed the last three games with a concussion after an All-Pro level first eight games, but third-year guard Alex Cappa! Cappa has been markedly improved in 2020, even if the past two games have been a little rockier. Per Pro Football Focus, Cappa is the 33rd-ranked guard in the NFL and has given up 21 pressures in 11 games, but zero sacks.
At linebacker, Devin White being a top vote-getter is probably less surprising because of his pedigree and highlight plays, but he is light-years beyond every other linebacker in the NFL in fan voting right now. I’ve been critical of White’s play this season, especially in coverage, leaving the door open for him to improve while recognizing that he is not one of the best players in the league at his position, currently.
Per Pro Football Focus, White is ranked 80th out of 86 linebackers, an assessment I do not agree with, although having him in the back half of the league at his position is probably accurate in my opinion. It won’t shock me if White makes the Pro Bowl because of tackle and sack statistics, but the fact that he is collecting votes over Lavonte David tells you everything you need to know about the Pro Bowl voting process.
Will players like Tom Brady, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, David, Carlton Davis and even Jason Pierre-Paul be able to collect Pro Bowl honors this season? With six weeks left to go on the season, their prognosis is still very much up in the air.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft