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25 January 2016

BUCCANEERS LB LAVONTE DAVID, G LOGAN MANKINS NAMED TO PRO BOWL

The National Football League has announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins have been added to the 2016 Pro Bowl roster. David will replace Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware, while Mankins will take the place of Carolina Panthers guard Trai Turner.
                                                                                                                     
This season, David ranked third in the NFL in tackles (147), while leading all linebackers in passes defensed (13) and tying for the second-most interceptions by linebackers (three). Since entering the league as a second-round pick (58th overall), David ranks first in the league in solo tackles (404), second in total tackles (576), second in tackles for loss (67), second in interceptions by a linebacker (nine) and third in passes defensed by a linebacker (31). This is David’s first career Pro Bowl selection and the first by a Buccaneers linebacker since 2008 (Derrick Brooks).
 
Mankins was voted a captain in his second season with Tampa Bay. The 11-year veteran has been voted to six previous Pro Bowls (2008, 2010-14) and is the first Buccaneers offensive lineman to be selected since 2011 (guard Davin Joseph). This year, Mankins helped anchor an offensive line that featured four new starters, including two rookies, yet ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (135.1), tied for the fourth-fewest sacks allowed (27.0) and fifth in total yards per game (375.9).
 
David and Mankins will join Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the 2016 Pro Bowl roster. Tampa Bay’s four selections this season matches the most for the team since 2008.
 
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