Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (starter), tight end Marcedes Lewis and special teamer Montell Owens were named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in voting by coaches, players and fans, the NFL announced this evening. The three players are the most for the Jaguars since 1999. Jones-Drew has been recognized for the second straight year, while Lewis and Owens are first-time Pro Bowl selections making them the 19thand 20thPro Bowl Jaguars. The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 30 and televised live on FOX at 7:00 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jones-Drew is the 10thplayer in franchise history to be voted in as a starter and the first since 2006 (Rashean Mathis). Jones-Drew is the fifth player in franchise history to be voted to the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons, joining Tony Boselli (1996-2000), Mark Brunell (1996-97), Jimmy Smith (1997-2001) and Marcus Stroud (2003-05). Lewis is the first tight end and Owens the first special teamer to be voted to the Pro Bowl in franchise history.
Jones-Drew, who missed one game with an injury, ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,324 rushing yards on 299 carries with five touchdowns. He also produced 34 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns and ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,641 yards from scrimmage. He has registered a career-high seven 100-yard rushing games in 2010 including a streak of six straight (135 at Dallas; 100 vs. Houston; 133 vs. Cleveland; 113 at N.Y. Giants; 186 at Tennessee; 101 vs. Oakland). The six straight 100-yard rushing games was the longest streak of his career and the second-longest in franchise history. He joined Fred Taylor as the only players in franchise history with 1,200 rushing yards and 1,500 yards from scrimmage in back-to-back seasons.
Jones-Drew's seven 100-yard rushing games this season are tied for the second for most in the NFL and the second-most in team history for a season. The 2006 second-round pick produced a career-high 186 yards on 31 carries at Tennessee on Dec. 5, the third-most in franchise history and the most by a Jaguar since 2003. He totaled a career-high 220 yards from scrimmage against Cleveland on Nov. 21 with 133 yards on the ground and 87 receiving yards.
Lewis has produced career-best numbers in 2010 as he leads the team with a career-high nine touchdown receptions along with 54 receptions for 674 yards. The nine touchdowns are the second-most in a season in team history, one shy of Reggie Williams' 10 in 2007, and the second-most by an NFL tight end this seaosn. He has two touchdowns in three different games (vs. Denver, at Buffalo, at Dallas) and is the only player on the team with multiple receptions in all 15 games.
A first-round draft pick in 2006, Lewis owns the top marks by a tight end in team history for touchdowns in a season (9, 2010) and a career (16). With 674 receiving yards, he needs 56 yards in the season finale at Houston for the most receiving yards in a season by a tight end in team history.
Owens has played in 77 games since joining the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent from Maine in 2006. He ranks second in franchise history with 93 career special teams tackles, one shy of Brant Boyer's record 94 tackles.
Owens leads the Jaguars with 18 special teams tackles in 2010, with at least one tackle in 12 of 15 games. He set the franchise's single-season record with 30 tackles in 2009 and was named the first alternate to the Pro Bowl.