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DK Metcalf, Geno Smith & Nick Bellore Named To 2024 Pro Bowl Games

Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, receiver DK Metcalf, and special teamer Nick Bellore have been added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad as injury replacements.

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The Seahawks will send six players to Orlando for this week's Pro Bowl Games.

Receiver DK Metcalf, quarterback Geno Smith and special teamer Nick Bellore were all added to the NFC squad on Tuesday as injury replacements for Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and Lions special teamer Jalen Reeves-Maybin.

They'll join the three Seahawks players who were selected to the initial Pro Bowl roster, linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Devon Witherspoon and safety Julian Love. Seattle's six Pro Bowlers is the team's most since the Seahawks sent seven players to the Pro Bowl following the 2020 season.

Smith, last year's AP Comeback Player of the Year, will participate in his second consecutive Pro Bowl after spending the previous seven seasons as a backup. Thanks in part to injuries—both his own and to the offensive line—Smith didn't quite match last season's overall production, but he finished the season playing at a very high level, throwing eight touchdown passes with just one interception over his final four games, three of them Seattle victories. Smith had a quarterback rating of 101.6 or better in each of those final four games, and his QBR (ESPN's quarterback rating) of 81.3 in those games was the best in the NFL over that span. Most notably, Smith led five game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime during the 2023 season, tying Russell Wilson and Dave Krieg for the most in a season in franchise history.

"He's put everything out there," receiver Tyler Lockett said of Smith. "I think he's shown resilience throughout the course of not getting the chance to play, and then these last two years being able to play, showing that he can come back and do it again. Showing when people finally put him on notice, they're like, 'Well maybe it's just a one-year thing' and he comes out here and plays great again. He leads us to victories, he's a great leader, he does everything right. For us we're thankful and happy to have him as our quarterback."

This is Metcalf's second time being named a Pro Bowler, but will be his first time actually participating in the event, as his previous Pro-Bowl nod came after the 2020 season when the game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Metcalf becomes just the third receiver in franchise history with multiple Pro-Bowl selections along with Steve Largent (seven) and Doug Baldwin (two).

The Seahawks' leading receiver in 2023, Metcalf had 66 receptions for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns, and averaged a career-best 16.9 yards per reception. He was also the league's fastest ball carrier in 2023, hitting 22.23 miles per hour on a 73-yard touchdown reception in Dallas, making him the league's fastest ball carrier since Raheem Mostert in Week 2 of the 2022 season.

The 2023 season was Metcalf's third 1,000-yard season in his five-year career, and he became just the third receiver in NFL history to record at least 50 catches, 900 yards and six touchdowns in each of his first five seasons along with Randy Moss and A.J. Green.

Metcalf also has the most receptions (372), yards (5,332) and receiving touchdowns (43) through five seasons in team history.

"DK is only getting better," Smith said late in the season. "He's only getting better. He's only scratching the surface of who he's going to be as a player. He's a young dude, and he's still got some ways to go. To say that is really scary, because he's already one of the best. For him, consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, it's really all the work he's put in. He's deserving. I know he's going to say he wishes he had more yards, more catches and all of that, but I think he's done a great job, he's having a heck of a season, and he's a great player. We love to have him."

Bellore, who has enjoyed a 13-year career after going undrafted out of Central Michigan, has spent the past five seasons with the Seahawks, being named a special teams captain in each of the past three seasons. Bellore finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 11, and like Metcalf, he will be participating in his first Pro-Bowl despite being a two-time Pro Bowler, having also made the squad after the 2020 season.

Take a look back through the years at Seahawks players in the Pro Bowl.

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