Dynamic defensive stars Aaron Donald and Unstoppable Tight and Travis Kelce are unanimous choices on Friday for the Associated Press NFL All-Pro team.
Donald and Kelce received a spate of votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. This is the sixth All-Pro selection for Donald, who has helped the Los Angeles Ram to the top-order defense in the NFL, and the third for Kansas City’s record-setting Kelus.
“I think the best performance of greatness is improving the people around you,” Ramas coach Sean McVay Donald says. “And he does exactly that, the way he affects them every single week.”
The way Chief Quarterback Patrick Mahomes commended Kellus for his job.
“He works with his tail every single day and he is practicing every single day and making sure he is ready for these moments,” says Mahomes. “For a man to have so much talent, to work that hard and be able to really learn that way every day, that’s what makes him so special on the field.”
15 players joining Donald and Kelce are returning to the team, and 14 are new players. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner also makes his sixth squad.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says, “The middle linebacker he has performed for after all these years is amazing durability.”
Aaron Rodgers, who guided Green Bay (13-3) to the top seed in the NFC, forms his third team, as does Chief Wide Receiver Tyrick Hill. Tennessee’s 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, Buffalo wideout Stephen Diggs, who led the NFL in catches and receiving yards, and Rodgers’ favorite target, DeVant Adams, were first selected to offensive skill positions.
“For me, honestly, I think it’s finding different little things that I can get better at,” says Adams. “I think I’m a very good receiver. … It’s okay to figure out the things I do well and just how to do them better. ”
Diggs was traded to Minnesota by Buffalo in the offseason and then made a big impact as the Bills won their first AFC East in 25 years.
“For me, it was just the situation in which I was being cast or selected,” says Digg. The first thing I always try to do is get the respect of my teammates and my coaches. And this is by doing your (butt) work, keep grinding that work and keep it inside and let the chips fall.
The Packers and Colts both have four all-processes. Green Bay gave left-back David Bakhtiar his second look, and center Corey Linsley his first. Indianapolis has interior lineman DeForest Buckner and linebacker Darius Leonard on defense, left guard Quenton Nelson on offense, and George Odum as a special teaman. Nelson is a three-time All-Pro, Leonard a double selection, while Buckner and Odum make it to the first.
Closing the offense are Cleveland right-back Jack Conklin (second pick), and Washington right guard Brandon Shroff (first).
Also on defense are edge razor TJ Watt, leader of the NFL sacks for Pittsburgh on their second All-Pro team, and Cleveland newcomer Miles Garrett; San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner (first pick); Miami’s cornerbacks Xavian Howard (first), the league’s interception leader, and the Rams’ Jaylen Ramsey (second); And for the second time for both Tinaran Matthews (third) of Kansas City, Minkah Fitzpatrick of Pittsburgh and Buka Baker of Arizona. There was a tie between Fitzpatrick and Baker for the second safety spot.
The long snapper position is new to the All-Pro team in 2020, and the likes of Baltimore’s Morgan Cox. Chicago’s kick returner Cordellar Patterson makes it for the fourth time. The rest of the special teams positions are newcomers: Miami kicker Jason Sanders, New England puncher Jake Bailey and punt returner Gunner Olszewski.
Theaters of 2019 are Donald, Wagner, Nelson, Watt, Fitzpatrick, Matthew and Patterson.
In total, 18 players represent the AFC, considered the strongest conference of the season, and 11 for the NFC. Half of the 32 clubs have a 2020 All-Pro.
AP Pro Football Writers Josh Dobo and Simmi Buter, and Sports Writers Dave Skreta, John Wavo, Steve Meggerjee and Tim Booth contributed.
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