Among offseason projections, we have one to look at today -- who can we predict will go to the Pro Bowl. Of course, there are the regulars like Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel, all of whom have been to multiple Pro Bowls.
But an NFL.com article predicts nine players who will make their Pro Bowl debut this season, and two of those nine are Arizona Cardinals.
Who are they?
Running back David Johnson and receiver John Brown.
On Johnson, it gives this explanation:
The Northern Iowa product was one of the best offensive players at any position down the stretch last year. After a draft dry spell in true three-down running backs, the NFC West found two of them last year. Johnson can handle short-yardage work, break big plays and catch passes in the slot. Look for Johnson to join his classmate Todd Gurley among the league's best in 2016.
Talk about high expectations -- Johnson could be one of the best in the league this year?
As for Brown, who seems to be yet another of a long line of Bruce Arians receiver success stories, there is this:
A 179-pound, third-round pick out of Pittsburg State, Brown gained over 1,000 yards in his second NFL season. Yet it almost felt like a let down because he's that talented. Brown plays like a receiver who has been in the league much longer, knowing how to set up defenders and find holes in coverage. He sees the field like his quarterback Carson Palmer. After Larry Fitzgerald's resurgence in 2015, look for Brown to take center stage in the Cardinals' passing game this season.
Brown is now in Year 3. He is one of Arians' favorite players. He does seem on the verge of becoming a dominant player. Of course, with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on the field at the same time, it does pose a challenge to put up the numbers necessary to get Pro Bowl recognition, especially when he hasn't been there yet.
As for Johnson, the potential is there.
For both, it will come down to their production and the Cardinals' success. If the Cardinals are a dominant a team as we all hope they can be, the name recognition will come.
Can you see one or both of these players in the Pro Bowl? Hopefully they get the honor but cannot go...because the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl.