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Selected Ravens players will end the season at Pro Bowl

The 2021 season hardly ended the way the Baltimore Ravens wanted it to. The 16-13 overtime loss to their rival Pittsburgh Steelers was the final nail in the coffin. The Ravens failed to make the playoffs after three consecutive postseason appearances. 

Now, select Ravens players will turn their attention to the Pro Bowl, which will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 6, 2022. The Ravens have five Pro Bowlers on the 2022 roster, including four starters.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was selected for the Pro Bowl as a reserve but isn’t likely to participate as he recovers from a season-ending ankle injury that kept him out of the final three games of the season.

Tight End Mark Andrews; fullback Patrick Ricard; Kicker Justin Tucker; and return specialist Devin Duvernay also made the 2022 AFC Pro Bowl roster. They’re considered to be starters at their respective positions. 

The Ravens have managed to place an abundance of players on Pro Bowl rosters over the last four seasons. The total of five starters are the fewest since 2018 when they had four starters. 

A good part of that is due to the lack of Ravens defensive players selected. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey and defensive tackle Calais Campbell were selected to the Pro Bowl last season. Humphrey missed five games due to a knee injury. Campbell missed three games due to a thigh injury.

Matt Judon was selected as well. However, Judon has since moved on to the New England Patriots and was named to the Pro Bowl this season. 

Duvernay is a first-time Pro Bowler who has been a work in progress.

“We put a lot of work into Devin [Duvernay]; [Special teams coach] Randy [Brown], [special teams coach] T.J. [Weist], [tight ends coach] Bobby [Engram], it was all-hands-on-deck with him. Once we realized what we had, we knew if we took care of business, and we helped him make great decisions, we could get him to where we wanted to get him to,” special teams coordinator Chris Horton said. “We’re very humbled. We’re very excited about what he’s done, but quite honestly, he’s just getting started. This is his first full season as a returner. I don’t even think he’s reached the maximum amount of games yet for a full season as a punt returner. We’re just getting started. We’re definitely very excited about where he’s going, and where he’s going to continue to go. Devin is hungry. He’s eager to get better, and the guys love having him out there.”

Although the Ravens would definitely rather be playing in the Super Bowl, for some of players the season will conclude with the Pro Bowl instead.

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