Dynamic defensive stars Aaron Donald and Unstoppable Tight and Travis Kelce for the Associated Press NFL All-Pro team were unanimous on Friday.
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 the Kansas City Chiefs’ record-setting Kelus.
“I think the best performance of greatness is improving the people around you,” Rams coach Sean McVay said of Donald. “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 his tail every single day and he is practicing every single day and making sure he is ready for these moments,” Mahomes said. “For a man to have so much talent, to work hard and be able to really learn every day that way, that’s what makes him so special in the field.”
There are 15 players joining Donald and Kelce, and 14 are new players. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner also makes his sixth squad.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, “The middle linebacker he has performed for 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,” Adams said. “I think I’m a very good receiver. … It’s okay to fix things I’m doing well and figure out how to do them even better.”
Diggs was traded by Minnesota to Buffalo in the offseason and then made a big impact as the Bills won their first AFC East title in 25 years.
“For me, it was just the situation I was in or being picked on,” Diggs said, “I was just going to hug. The first thing I always try to do is look at my teammates and me. Reward is to be respected. Coach. And it is by doing your work [butt] Keep off, keep grinding and keep that work in and let the chips fall.
The Packers and Colts both have four all-processes. Green Bay tackled David Bakhtiar making his second appearance and center Corey Linsley his first. Indianapolis has internal lineman DeForest Buckner and linebacker Darrius Leonard on defense, left guard Quenton Nelson on offense, and George Odum as a special teacher. Nelson is a three-time All-Pro, Leonard a double selection, while Buckner and Odum made it for the first time.
Rounding out the offense, Cleveland right tackle 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 Baltimore’s Morgan Cox is the choice. 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.