The Washington Commanders are a different team in 2022 and it shows with how many players they got into the Pro Bowl.
Three players — defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, punter Tress Way and special teams standout Jeremy Reaves — were voted as starters for the NFC. Standout WR Terry McLaurin was voted as a reserve.
When it came time to tell those players, nobody had a better reaction than Jeremy Reaves. Head Coach Ron Rivera had a camera set up in his office to tell his players and wanted to make sure the news did not get out before he was able to tell them. The last player he had to inform was Reaves, an undrafted free agent who has stood out in a big way for Washington.
When Rivera delivered the news to his special teams star, Reaves broke down in tears.
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The 26-year-old spent four seasons at South Alabama before signing with the Eagles as an undrafted player. He would never see the field as Philadelphia waived him ahead of the 2018 season.
He would soon find his way on the roster for Washington but it would take him three years to secure a permanent spot on the roster. Once he got there, he made the most of it.
He has taken the field for 86 percent of Washington’s special teams snaps in 2022.
This year’s Pro Bowl event will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.