The Pro Bowl Skills Competition is back for the fourth consecutive year as the NFL continues to experiment with fun challenges for their all-star game. While the skills competition is still a work in progress, the event, in Orlando this year, has produced fan-favorite games like dodgeball and the return of precision passing — a staple of the quarterback challenge contest played from 1990 to 2007. 

The skills showdown participants are pretty simple. Each team will feature 10 all-stars: two quarterbacks, one running back, three wide receivers/tight ends/defensive backs, three linemen/linebackers, and one coach’s choice (non-quarterback). 

Here’s how you can watch the skills competition. 

How to Watch

Date: Thursday, Jan. 23 | Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: The Stadium, ESPN Wide World of Sports (Orlando, Florida)
ESPN | Stream: WatchESPN

Here are the events for Thursday’s Pro Bowl Skills Competition, as provided by

Thread the Needle: A new challenge that puts defensive backs to the test in a head-to-head competition. Defensive backs will try to stop the opposing team’s quarterback from completing passes through the targets.

Gridiron Gauntlet: Five players from each team will participate in a head-to-head relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Competitions include a fumble scramble through an inflatable path, among others.

Best Hands: Two WR-QB duos from each conference will compete in a timed relay race to catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch — diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. — which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.

Precision Passing: Each conference’s two quarterbacks and one captain-appointed non-quarterback will battle it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit as many targets as possible.

Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: The final event of the evening, Pro Bowlers will compete in dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. Best of three series, the team with the last person on the field wins.

And finally, the rosters for the AFC and NFC for the skills showdown:


Lineman/Linebacker: Quenton Nelson (Colts), Von Miller (Broncos), Cameron Heyward (Steelers)

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Jarvis Landry (Browns), Mark Andrews (Ravens)

Defensive Back: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Steelers), Stephon Gilmore (Patriots

Running Back: Nick Chubb (Browns)

Quarterback: Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Deshaun Watson (Texans)

Legend Captains: Bruce Smith (Bills), Terrell Davis (Broncos) 


Lineman/Linebacker: Shaquil Barrett (Buccaneers), Cam Jordan (Saints), Jaylon Smith (Cowboys)

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Davante Adams (Packers), Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears)

Defensive Back: Darius Slay (Lions), Eddie Jackson (Bears)

Running Back: Dalvin Cook (Vikings)

Quarterback: Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Kirk Cousins (Vikings)

Legend Captains: Darrell Green (Redskins), Michael Vick (Falcons, Eagles)