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.

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Captain Sly
5 months ago

That’s a bit surprising but thinking back Cappa has quietly been solid. He along with Wirths have been a huge “breath of fresh air”…On the other side D White may lack a few coverage skills but he’s a heck of a Blitzer (5 sacks 97 tkls). Give me a LB who knows how to get the QB to the ground, I’ll worry about a coverage LB in the 4th rd… Meanwhile there might be a certain QB playing himself right out of the pro bowl. Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

5 months ago


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Reply to  EricNV
5 months ago

completely agree

5 months ago

This was supposed to be David’s year getting in the pro bowl

5 months ago

Cappa is a surprise, I wonder if the general population mixed him up with Marpet haha. White is no surprise at all, the kid is a beast. Once he works on his coverage he will be David 2.0. Speaking of which, David’s absence from the list is very surprising, as well as Wirfs.

5 months ago

All of this is BS until we give the voting back to the players and coaches. None of voters be allowed to vote for any player who is from their same employer.

5 months ago

Sure are a lot of names I don’t recognize.

Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

This is just a popularity contest for the benefit of large marketing areas. Once again money overrides betters players from making NFL Pro status