The Detroit Lions ended up with four Pro Bowlers this year, and all four will be participating in the Pro Bowl Games.
The Detroit Lions went from one to four Pro Bowlers rather quickly this week, as wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, right tackle Penei Sewell and quarterback Jared Goff joined center Frank Ragnow when they were named as replacements for Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowlers who are headed to the Super Bowl.
Of course the Pro Bowl format has been changed this year, with skills competitions and flag football replacing the facade of trying to play a real football game.
On Wednesday night the NFL announced the participants for the Pro Bowl games. The Lions followed with a tweet about their players and the events they’ll be in.
Outlining the Pro Bowl events Detroit Lions players will be in
Ragnow will be participating in the “Lightning Round”, which will take place on Thursday night. Here’s the description of the event.
"The lightning round will feature players competing in a three-part elimination challenge. The first event is splash catch, with duos from each conference doing a water balloon toss. Thereafter will be the high-stakes portion in which players will attempt to catch punts from a JUGS machine. In the last part of the challenge — thrill of the spill — the remaining players from each conference will take aim at targets attached to a bucket hanging over the head of an opposing coach. The first team to dump a bucket on a coach wins."
Also on Thursday night, Goff will be one of six competitors in “Precision Passing”, which is pretty self-explanatory. Joining Goff on the NFC side is Kirk Cousins and Geno Smith, with Trevor Lawrence, Derek Carr and Tyler Huntley the AFC participants.
On Sunday, Ragnow will take part in “Move The Chains” and Sewell will do the “Gridiron Gauntlet.” Here’s the description for “Move The Chains.”
"Move the chains will have two teams from each conference compete in a best-of-three weighted 10-yard wall pull."
Ragnow is on Team 1 for Move The Chains, with Commanders defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom, 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams and Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.
Here’s the desription for “Gridiron Gaunlet.
"The gridiron gauntlet is a side-by-side relay race that will highlight players’ speed and agility as they climb walls, go under tables, navigate a tire run and push a blocking sled with a coach upon it."
St. Brown is participating in “Best Catch”, which starts Thursday with the final on Sunday. Also fairly self-explanatory, here’s the description for that event. The other participants are Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II.
"Best catch features two players from each conference in a competition showcasing their creativity, inventiveness and talent. Thursday’s first round will see highlight reels from players shot at iconic venues around Las Vegas. A fan vote online will determine their favorite catch by a player in each conference, with the highest vote-getters moving on to compete in Sunday’s finale."
Goff, St. Brown and Ragnow are slated to play in Sunday’s flag football games.
Thursday night’s events will air on ESPN from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s events will air from 3 p.m. ET-6 p.m. ET, on ESPN and ABC.