On Thursday evening, a league-leading seven Chargers players were named to the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. There players were rookie safety Derwin James (voted a starter), quarterback Philip Rivers, running back Melvin Gordon. wide receiver Keenan Allen, center Mike Pouncey, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram, and safety/linebacker Adrian Phillips as the AFC’s designated special teams player.
After the initial players were announced, a number of other players were named as alternates in case of absences due to injuries o ran appearance in this year’s Super Bowl.
Pro Bowl alternates for the Chargers Pro include T Russell Okung (first), CB Casey Hayward (second) and FB Derek Watt (third).— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) December 19, 2018
Three Bolts were named alternates this year with left tackle Russell Okung leading the way as a first alternate for the AFC. Cornerback Casey Hayward was named a second alternate while fullback Derek Watt has been named a third alternate by the fans.
Okung has started all but one game this season and has been a stalwart of consistency since he signed with the Chargers prior to last season. Hayward is experiencing a down year due to an intense regression to the mean. After snagging 11 picks over the last two years, Hayward heads into week 16 of this season with a goose egg still in the interception column. Watt’s selection is a refreshing sight for the fullback and, quite frankly, is well-deserved after what he’s done this season to help Melvin Gordon to a career-year in terms of yards per carry so far this season.