NEW YORK CITY — Five gamers, consisting of vibrant pass-catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are consentaneous options for the Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro Team.
Joining the Los Angeles Rams’ Kupp and the Green Bay Packers’ Adams in getting votes Friday from all 50 members of an across the country panel of media members who routinely cover the league are Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers edge rush T.J. Watt and Rams protective take on Aaron Donald.
While Donald is a seasonal choice — the three-time Defensive Player of the Year makes the group for the seventh time in his 8 professional seasons — Watt is on it for a 3rd time. He connected the NFL record for sacks with 22.5. Adams makes it for the 2nd time, and the other 2 are newbies as All-Pros. Kupp led the NFL in receptions (145), backyards getting (1,947) and TD catches (16). Taylor was the leading rush by a landslide with 1,811 backyards and scored 18 goals on the ground, in addition to 2 as a receiver.
“Obviously, it’s an honor to be recognized, and it wouldn’t be possible without my coaches and incredible teammates, but the awards and accolades aren’t what drives me,” stated Watt, whose Steelers dip into Kansas City on Sunday. “It’s competing with and for them, this franchise, and this city, that drives me. My coaches and teammates are the people that put me in a position to make splash, help us win, and this recognition honestly doesn’t come without them.”
Like Donald, although not almost as typically as the offense-wrecking DT, numerous gamers are making another look on the All-Pro group. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on it for the 4th time, as is Philadelphia center Jason Kelce — another than his sibling, Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce. One much better than them: Dallas ideal guard Zack Martin and Baltimore place-kicker Justin Tucker at 5.
The three-time All-Pros this year are Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Steelers protective take on Cam Heyward. The two-time All-Pros are Browns edge rush Myles Garrett and Titans security Kevin Byard.
The other 14 2021 All-Pros are making their launchings. On offense, 49ers left take on Trent Williams is a newbie in his 11th NFL season, signed up with by Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, Buccaneers right take on Tristan Wirfs, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio and 49ers pass receiver Deebo Samuel. On defense, it’s linebackers Micah Parsons of Dallas, the only novice on the team, and De’Vondre Campbell of Green Bay; Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs; Bills security Jordan Poyer; and 5 unique teamers: Las Vegas punter AJ Cole, Jets kick returner Braxton Berrios, Ravens punt returner Devin Duvernay, Saints unique groups ace J.T. Gray and Colts long-snapper Luke Rhodes.
Perhaps the most delighted gamer is Williams, who has actually been an excellent blocker for a years with Washington and now San Francisco, however never ever got an All-Pro nod.
“I do feel more comfortable than I’ve ever felt,” he stated. “I do feel like I’m as strong as I’ve ever been. I do feel my football IQ is probably better than it’s ever been. As a football player, as a competitor, every year you want to be better than the last year. That’s my goal and always has been my goal. So if this year is better than last year, I hope so. That’s the plan.”
Almost as uncommon as sweeping the votes is having a novice on the group. Parsons has actually been so impressive that he’s likewise thought about a strong competitor for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
“I think it’s an extraordinary honor,” he stated of being an All-Pro. “It speaks to the work and the position the Cowboys put me in. I think it’s just a true blessing. It just makes you want to go harder.
“I believe when you attain things early, you have actually got to find out how to sustain it. People constantly state when you arrive, it gets simpler. But I believe when you arrive, it gets more difficult. Once you get it, you have actually got it. But it’s tough to sustain it than it is simply to arrive. I’ve got to simply keep working and keep improving and discover a method to beat this season next year, which is the more difficult part.”
Byard was an All-Pro in 2017, and now he’s back on the roster after what he felt was a down 2020 season.
“It implies a lot to me, truthfully,” he acknowledged. “I put a great deal of operate in every offseason by myself, not always with the group in training school, however simply attempt to come into the next season to attempt to play the very best I can be for my group.
“I’ve talked about it a lot. Just not felt like I played my best last year. So to be able to bounce back and see the kind of the work that I put in mentally and physically kind of pay off.”
Tucker’s 5th choice to the group is the most amongst NFL kickers; no one else at the position has actually been called to more than 3.
The Packers, Colts, Ravens, Rams and Cowboys each have 3 All-Pros. There’s an even breakdown by conference of 14 each.