Indianapolis Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard just got snubbed from the 2019 Pro Bowl list. Leonard leads the entire league in tackles with 146, which is 22 tackles more than the Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly. To go along with his 146 tackles, the star rookie linebacker has seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception.
The New York Giants come to town this Sunday and they should have their eyes open for Darius Leonard, aka the Maniac.
Colts TE Eric Ebron (who made the Pro Bowl) says that Leonard told him that he wanted to record 40 tackles this Sunday. He also added that he [Leonard] is one of the greatest all-time rookie linebackers statistically.
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As of right now, the NFL record for most tackles in a game is a tie between Kuechly and David Harris, both of which have recorded 24 tackles in a single outing. The most combined tackles Leonard has in a game this season is 19, which happened in week two when the Colts traveled to Landover, Maryland to take on the Washington Redskins.
Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., and the rest of the New York Giants should keep their head on a swivel Sunday. I would not be surprised if Leonard absolutely lights somebody up. It’s something I want to see.
How does the NFL leader in tackles miss the Pro Bowl? It’s because the Pro Bowl is essentially a popularity contest. The same argument can be made on why Andrew Luck missed the Pro Bowl and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady made it. Statistically, Luck is having a better season than Brady by boasting a higher completion percentage, more touchdowns, and a higher passer rating. Luck has thrown 4 more interceptions than Brady but Luck also 44 more pass attempts.
The Pro Bowl is no longer a game consisting of the best players in the game for a particular year. It is a popularity contest, and that is a real shame for the deserving players who get snubbed.