VIA TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS COMMUNICATIONS -
The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Tristan Wirfs has been named to the 2023 Pro Bowl. In his first three seasons in the NFL, Wirfs has garnered two Pro Bowl selections, has been named an Associated Press first-team All-Pro (2021) and was named a member of the PFWA All-Rookie Team (2020), in addition to starting on Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl LV Championship team in his rookie season.
Wirfs has totaled 771 offensive snaps this season and per Pro Football Focus (PFF) metrics, he has yielded just four total pressures, one quarterback hit and one sack. Among offensive linemen with 750-or-more offensive snaps, Wirfs has allowed the fewest pressures and the fewest quarterback hurries (two) in the NFL this season, with four fewer than any other qualified player in each of those categories. He is 1-of-5 qualified tackles to have given up one-or-fewer sacks this season and is 1-of-8 qualified tackles to have allowed one-or-fewer quarterback hits.
Wirfs is the highest graded right tackle in the NFL in 2022, according to PFF, garnering an 86.8 overall grade and a 90.0 pass-blocking grade. His pass protection grade ranks second among all offensive linemen and first among right tackles.
This season, Tampa Bay is allowing a sack on just 3.0 percent of pass plays – the best mark in the league. The Buccaneers are also tied for the league lead in fewest sacks surrendered (19). Over the past three seasons since Wirfs was drafted, the Buccaneers lead the league in sacks allowed per pass attempt (3.1%), while also recording the most games without giving up a sack during that span (14). Behind its offensive line, Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the NFL in passing offense, averaging 268.4 yards per game.
Wirfs becomes the third offensive lineman to receive multiple Pro Bowl selections while with Tampa Bay, joining Tony Mayberry (three) and Davin Joseph (two). He is the only one of the group to be selected multiple times in the player’s first three career seasons.
The Buccaneers had two players named as first alternates: quarterback Tom Brady and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Other alternates include guard Shaq Mason, kicker Ryan Succop, nose tackle Vita Vea and linebacker Devin White.
The 2023 Pro Bowl Games are set to take place on Sunday, February 5, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The festivities culminate with a flag football game that will be broadcasted live on ABC and ESPN.
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