Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills entered the season as the leading MVP and AFC champion candidates, respectively.
But once again, Sean McDermott’s team fell short of the goal, with the Cincinnati Bengals manhandling them in the AFC Divisional Round.
So, one would expect to see Allen partake in the Pro Bowl festivities, but with the Wyoming product dealing with an elbow injury, that won’t be the case anymore.
Instead, the NFL has taken a somewhat odd approach to choosing his substitute, giving the nod to Baltimore Ravens’ backup QB, Tyler Huntley.
QB @_SNOOP1 has been named to the Pro Bowl Games and is replacing Josh Allen, who is unable to participate due to injury. pic.twitter.com/RjqErzGS0q
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 31, 2023
Huntley went 2-2 as a starter for the Ravens, subbing in for the injured Lamar Jackson.
The backup quarterback completed 67% of his throws for 658 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions, adding 43 rushes for 137 yards and another score.
Needless to say, those numbers are far from Pro Bowl-worthy, but he did show glimpses of great athleticism and scrambling skills, like a poor man’s Lamar Jackson.
Even so, it’s safe to say that no fan will tune in to watch Huntley, as he’s not even likely to be a starter going forward, either.
The Pro Bowl format will change for this season, with Peyton and Eli Manning coaching the AFC and NFC during flag football games.
There will also be skills challenges to try and make the competition all the more attractive for the fans after years of plummeting rankings and boring matchups.
So, maybe, adding Taylor Huntley won’t do all that much to bring the ratings up, with all due respect.NEXT: Mel Kiper Jr. Names 1 WR The Ravens Need To Draft In 2023