Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse will represent his team at the 2023 Pro Bowl.
It’s the first time the offensive lineman was given the honor in his career. If anyone was shocked, it was him.
Following the nomination, Morse said he didn’t believe it.
Morse said he thought the NFL got the name wrong.
“Well. I thought they misspelled Matt Milano’s name on the piece of paper,” Morse joked via video conference. “I’m still under the impression they did.”
Morse is not exactly a guy that would land at the top of anyone’s list to represent Buffalo in the Pro Bowl. Ironically enough, the one who probably is? Milano–Who was named an alternate.
There’s no concrete way to see how good an offensive lineman is. It’s not like judging other players by touchdowns or yards.
The best we have is Pro Football Focus. The analytics team there grades Morse as the 22nd best center in the NFL currently which isn’t exactly great.
But depending on how you look at your All-Stars, Morse is deserving.
In terms of the Bills (12-3), Morse is valuable. It’s easy to see–mostly when he’s not playing. Morse recently sustained another concussion, but thankfully is healthy again and will play in Week 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals (11-4).
But when Morse left the win against the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago, it was immediately noticed. His teammates greatly appreciate him and in terms of his importance to his own club, yes, there’s no debating Morse is deserving.
“I’ve got a lot of trust, a lot of faith in (Morse). So comfortable with him,” quarterback Josh Allen said via video conference. “I know it sounds weird but even just taking snaps with him. We’ve been taking snaps the last 3 and a half, four years so it’s extremely comfortable. Obviously, the player that he is and the mind that he is as well, it helps out our offense a lot.”
Allen, like Morse, is one of the four representing the Bills at the Pro Bowl. The others are safety Jordan Poyer and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
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