While the Patriots did not have a player named in the Associated Press first team All-Pro, they did have a pair of players selected in the second team. Cornback Jesse Jackson and special team player Matthew Slater received second team nods. Jackson received 25 votes for the first-team place and Slater received 10 votes for the first-team place.
For Jackson, Friday’s praise is the latest award he has earned for his exceptional season. He earned the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award for his performance in November and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career in December. Friday’s All-Pro nod marks the first time in Jackson’s career. Jackson is second in the league in interceptions this season with eight.
For Slater, this is the fifth time in his career that he has been named to a first or second team All-Pro. He took first-team honors in 2016 and 2019 and second-team honors in 2017 and 2020. Slater was also selected to the Pro Bowl for the 10th time of his career in December.
Several other Patriots also received All-Pro votes, but none of them received enough votes to be placed on the All-Pro team. Linebacker Matthew Judon, who was also selected for the Pro Bowl, received three votes. Judon’s 12.5 sacks were the seventh-highest in the NFL this season.
Long snapper Joe Cardona also got three votes. Safety Adrian Phillips got two votes. Kicker Nick Folk and right guard Shaq Mason received one vote each.
Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, were unanimous choices for AP’s 2021 NFL All-Pro first-team.
Colts Jonathan Taylor, Steelers edge rusher TJ Watts, and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, joining Rams Kupp and Packers Adams in Friday, received votes from all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Huh.
While Donald is a perennial pick – the three-time Defensive Player of the Year makes the team for the seventh time in his eight pro seasons – Watt is on it for the third time. He tied the sacks’ NFL record with 22 1/2. Adams makes it a second time, and the other two are new as All-Pros. Kupp led the NFL in receptions (145), yards receiving (1,947) and TD catches (16). Taylor was the top finisher by a landslide with 1,811 yards and made 18 touchdowns on the ground, two as receivers.
“Obviously it’s an honor, and it wouldn’t have been possible without my coaches and incredible teammates, but the awards and accolades don’t motivate me,” said Watts, whose Steelers play in Kansas City on Sunday. “It is competing with and for them, this franchise and this city, that inspires me. My coaches and teammates are the people who put me in a position to help me rock, win, and honestly this recognition wouldn’t have come without them. ,
Like Donald, though not nearly as often as the offense-destroying DT, several players are making another appearance on the All-Pro team. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the running for a fourth time, as is Philadelphia center Jason Kelce—one more than his brother, Chiefs star Tight End Travis. One better than him: Dallas right guard Jack Martin and Baltimore placekicker Justin Tucker on five.
There are three-time All-Pros Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Steelers defensive tackle Cam Hayward. Double all-pros Brown edge rusher Miles Garrett and Titans safety Kevin Byrd.
The other 14 2021 All-Pros are making their debuts. On offense, 49ers tackle Trent Williams is a newcomer in his 11th NFL season, with Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, Buccaneers right tackle Tristan Wirfs, Browns left guard Joel Bittonio and 49ers wide receiver Debo Samuel. On defense, it’s Micah Parsons of Dallas, the only rookie on the squad, and D’Vondre Campbell of Green Bay; Cowboys cornerback Trayvon Diggs; Bill Security Jordan Poore; and five Special Teams: Las Vegas punter AJ Cole, Jets kick returner Braxton Berrios, Ravens punt returner Devin DuVernay, Saints Special Team ace JT Grey, and Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes.
The Packers, Colts, Ravens, Rams and Cowboys each have three All-Pros. 14 There is a single breakdown by convention of each.