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Five Eagles selected to 2020 Pro Bowl

The NFL announced the initial rosters for the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando on Tuesday night. Five Eagles were chosen in a vote by the fans, coaches, and fellow players. Hopefully, the Eagles are playing in the Super Bowl and won't need to worry about the annual all-star festivities. Learn more about the Eagles who were selected below.

G BRANDON BROOKS

• Third consecutive Pro Bowl selection

• Third overall nomination

• Most selections by a guard in Eagles history

What a season it's been for Brandon Brooks, who returned from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in January and has played every game at a high level, earned a long-term contract extension through 2024, and was named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner in a vote by his teammates. Brooks has extraordinary athletic ability and football smarts and has teamed with right tackle Lane Johnson to become the best guard/tackle tandem in the NFL -- regardless of side. Brooks has played 92 percent of the offensive snaps in 2019, his fourth season with the Eagles and the third season in a row that he's been named to the Pro Bowl team. He is one of the best free agent acquisitions in franchise history.

DT FLETCHER COX

• Fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection

• Fifth overall nomination

• Most selections by a defensive tackle in Eagles history

• Tied for seventh in Eagles history 

• Only two Eagles (Reggie White, Pete Pihos) made more consecutive Pro Bowls

Selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, Fletcher Cox has been able to disrupt games despite having one of his least-productive seasons from a pure numbers standpoint. Cox has 3.5 quarterback sacks, the lowest since he recorded three sacks in the 2013 season. He's also collected 47 total tackles and nine tackles for loss as offenses have double-teamed him every week. As teams have shifted their blocking schemes to Cox, other defensive players have taken advantage of one-on-one blocking to help the Eagles rank third in the NFL in run defense, allowing just 90.4 yards per game.

TE ZACH ERTZ

• Third consecutive Pro Bowl selection

• Third overall nomination

• Tied for most selections by a tight end in Eagles history

A year after setting the NFL all-time single season record for most catches by a tight end with 116, Zach Ertz is once again one of the most productive at his position in the game with 84 receptions for 888 yards and six touchdowns. What makes Ertz's season that much more impressive is that injuries have decimated the offense to the point where two of the top three wide receivers to open the season are on Injured Reserve and the third has missed three of the past four games. That doesn't stop Ertz from making plays as he scored the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns against the Giants and added another touchdown last Sunday in Washington.

C JASON KELCE

• Third Pro Bowl nomination

• First since the 2016 season

• Tied for most Pro Bowl selections by a center in Eagles history

A two-time All-Pro player and now a three-time Pro Bowl selection, Jason Kelce defines what the Eagles are all about along the offensive line of scrimmage. He's got terrific athletic ability and the skills to make blocks at the second level against linebackers and defensive backs, and the toughness and anchor to handle everything in the trenches. Kelce has directed the Eagles' offense despite a constant flurry of personnel changes along the line and the skill positions. One of the game's toughest players, Kelce has been on the field for all – every one – of the offense's 1,037 snaps in 2019, the only player on offense who can claim that this season.

LS RICK LOVATO

• First Pro Bowl selection

On December 18, 2016, Rick Lovato was an unknown long snapper who made his Eagles debut in Baltimore. Today, Lovato is entrenched as the Eagles' long snapper, armed with a four-year contract extension through 2023. He's also one of the league's elite players at his position, earning his first Pro Bowl nomination on Tuesday. Lovato is a critical cog in a special teams operation with kicker Jake Elliott connecting on 90.5 percent of his field goal attempts and punter Cameron Johnston ranking in the top five in the league in both net and gross punting average this season. Lovato is the first Eagles long snapper to earn a Pro Bowl bid since Jon Dorenbos in the 2014 season.

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