Three Ravens will represent the organization in this year's Pro Bowl.
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and right guard Marshal Yanda were named to the NFL's all-star game on Tuesday night. The players for the game were chosen by a combination of fans, players and coaches.
Dumervil set a franchise record with 17 sacks in 2014 and still has one more game to go to improve on that number. He's third-best on the team with 45 tackles and has been Baltimore's best defender this year.
"This is a humbling experience," Dumervil said in a statement released by the team. "First of all, I want to thank God, because without Him, this would not be possible. So many people played a part in this, and I just want to thank them all – my teammates, our great coaching staff and our tremendous fans. To be able to represent the Ravens organization and the long tradition of great defensive players here is very humbling.
"I also credit Terrell Suggs for helping me this season. A lot of what I've been able to do is a result of the attention he garners on the opposite side. He's an incredible player who is having another outstanding year, and it's an honor to play with him."
This is Dumervil's fourth Pro Bowl nod.
Mosley has played well enough to be up for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors when it's all said and done, which helps explain his Pro Bowl berth in just his first NFL season. He's the first rookie in Ravens history to get a nod to the Pro Bowl and has recorded 115 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
"First of all, I thank God for the position I am in," Mosley said. "I also give many thanks to the Ravens organization, especially Mr. Ozzie Newsome and Mr. [Steve] Bisciotti for trusting me and bringing me here to play for such a great team. I wouldn't be in this position without [inside linebackers] coach "Wink" [Don Martindale], Daryl [Smith], Albert [McClellan] and Arthur [Brown], who have all taken me under their wing and helped me get where I am. With Daryl specifically, it's meant so much having a person and player of his caliber next to me throughout my first NFL season."
Yanda earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl berth this year as a standout for Baltimore's much improved offensive line. Yanda has been a big reason the Ravens have given up an NFL second-fewest 18 sacks. He's also helped running back Justin Forsett run for 1,147 yards with the Ravens averaging 126 rushing yards per game.
Ravens players that are alternates for the Pro Bowl are Suggs, Forsett, Jacoby Jones, Kyle Juszczyk and Sam Koch.
Suggs and Forsett have had good enough seasons to where being an alternate can be considered a snub by some. Koch is in the same boat after posting the NFL's No. 1 net punting average with 43.5. Juszczyk has had a solid year that's justified with his alternate selection. Jones is an alternate due to his return ability on special teams.