Due to San Francisco’s 37-20 victory over Green Bay and subsequent Super Bowl birth, 49ers’ fullback Kyle Juszczyk will not be able to attend the Pro Bowl. His alternate was announced shortly following the NFC Championship Game. Minnesota Vikings’ fullback CJ Ham will take his place.
— Blake Baratz (@blakebaratz) January 20, 2020
Ham’s agent, Blake Baratz, tweeted the news. This is Ham’s first All-Star Game. The Duluth, Minnesota native joins fellow running mate Dalvin Cook, who is also playing in his first Pro Bowl, as well as teammates Danielle Hunter (2nd Pro Bowl) and Harrison Smith (5th-straight Pro Bowl).
Ham played in all 16 games in 2019. Through the air, he reeled in 17 passes on 26 targets for 149 yards and one touchdown. He also ran the ball seven times for 17 yards. His numbers may not be eye-opening but the 26 year-old’s forte’ is blocking.
Dalvin Cook had a breakout season with Ham leading the way. Cook gained 1,135 yards on 250 carries and 53 catches for 519 yards in 14 games. He had 13 rushing touchdowns. The Vikings’ lead back became the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Adrian Peterson in 2015.
Also benefiting from Ham’s presence was the team’s number two back, Alexander Mattison, who impressed as a rookie. In 13 games played, Mattison had 462 yards on 100 carries (4.6 YPC) with one touchdown.
Congratulations to CJ Ham on his first Pro Bowl selection.