The NFL announced it's 2017 Pro Bowl attendees and the Raiders have seven players on the list, the most the team has had in one year since 1991 when they had eight.
Quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, center Rodney Hudson, defensive end Khalil Mack, safety Reggie Nelson, guard Kelechi Osemele and tackle Donald Penn will represent the Silver & Black in Orlando on Jan. 29, 2017.
The Raiders also have seven alternates for the exhibition game: wide receiver Michael Crabtree, guard Gabe Jackson, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, punter Marquette King, running back Latavius Murray, fullback Jamize Olawale and undrafted free agent rookie Jalen Richard, who was named as a return specialist.
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr, WR Amari Cooper, C Rodney Hudson, DE Khalil Mack, S Reggie Nelson, G/T Kelechi Osemele and T Donald Penn have been named to the 2017 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.
WR Michael Crabtree, G Gabe Jackson, K Sebastian Janikowski, P Marquette King, RB Latavius Murray, FB/RB Jamize Olawale and RB Jalen Richard (return specialist) were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 29, 2017.
It will be the second-straight Pro Bowl for the Raiders young quarterback Carr. Carr has had a stellar year, starting all 14 games and throwing for 3,705 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. On top of that, Carr has led the Raiders to seven fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives this year, and his five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime are a single-season NFL record.
Second-year receiver Cooper is also going to his second-straight Pro Bowl after hauling in 74 receptions for 1,038 yards and four touchdowns thus far. His 1,038 yards is seventh in the league this year.
Third-year defensive end Mack was also selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time last year. Having started all 14 games at defensive end, Mack has recorded 67 tackles (48 solo), 11 sacks (75 yards), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, three passes defensed and one touchdown. Mack tied an NFL single-season record by collecting a sack in 8 consecutive games which came to an end last week against the Chargers.
Veteran safety Nelson was named to the Pro Bowl last year for the first time in his nine year career and will make his second appearance this year. Nelson has 77 tackles and six overall takeaways, which is tied for first in the NFL among safeties.
The Raiders offensive line has done a stellar job keeping Carr off of his back, and much of that is due to the stellar play of center Hudson, guard Osemele and tackle Penn. This is the first Pro Bowl appearance for both Hudson and Osemele, though Penn appeared in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oakland's offensive line has helped the offense rank sixth in the NFL in total yards per game (377.8), rushing yards per game (118.2) and net passing yards per game (259.6). The unit has also allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL this season, yielding just 15.