2015 Associated Press All-Pro team

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The Associated Press announced the All-Pro first team on Friday afternoon.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson were both unanimous choices while Khalil Mack of the Raiders became the first player voted to the first team at two different positions. The entire roster appears below.

Offense

QB: Cam Newton, Panthers

RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Doug Martin, Buccaneers

FB: Mike Tolbert, Panthers

WR: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Julio Jones, Falcons

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

T: Andrew Whitworth, Bengals; Joe Thomas, Browns

G: David DeCastro, Steelers; Marshal Yanda, Ravens

C: Ryan Kalil, Panthers

Defense:

DE: J.J. Watt, Texans; Khalil Mack, Raiders

DT: Aaron Donald, Rams; Geno Atkins, Bengals

LB: Thomas Davis, Panthers; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Khalil Mack, Raiders; Von Miller, Broncos; NaVorro Bowman, 49ers

CB: Josh Norman, Panthers; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals

S: Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals; Eric Berry, Chiefs

Special Teams

K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

P: Johnny Hekker, Rams

KR: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

70 responses to “2015 Associated Press All-Pro team

  1. The All-pro teams and the Pro Bowl rosters need to change up how players are listed, particularly on defense. They should scrap the old DE, DT, OLB, and ILB headings and instead use IDL, PR, and TLB for Interior Defensive Lineman, Pass Rusher, and Tackle Linebacker, respectively. This would make it much easier to give proper recognition to the 4-3 OLBs who routinely lose out to 3-4 OLBs because they don’t have the same opportunity to rush the passer. In the same way, a 3-4 DE doesn’t have the same chance as a 4-3 DE to rush the passer.

  2. Cam Newton had a great year.

    But above Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, or Russell Wilson? Ehhhhh.

    Little surprised to see Von Miller up here, too. Otherwise, a pretty good listing.

  3. It seems odd to continue naming a FB on this team. Congrats Mike, you beat out the other 3 FBs that actually see a decent amount of playing time.

    A second TE or third WR makes much more sense and would go to someone much more deserving.

  4. Cam Newton had a great year.

    But above Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, or Russell Wilson? Ehhhhh.

    Little surprised to see Von Miller up here, too. Otherwise, a pretty good listing.

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    Wilson and Brady both seemed to have some down weeks here and there. Newton was consistently performing. Its a tossup between him and Palmer

  5. For my list, I’d swap out FB Mike Tolbert for Patrick DiMarco of Atlanta. Tolbert is the sexier name because he gets chances to run and catch the ball, but no one was better than DiMarco at creating running lanes. The rest of the offensive selections, I’d have voted the same.

    See my above post for what some of these terms mean, but for defense my choices would have been:

    IDL – Aaron Donald, Muhammed Wilkerson
    PR – JJ Watt, Khalil Mack
    TLB – Luke Kuechley, NaVorro Bowman
    Joker* – Ezekiel Ansah (PR)
    CB – Josh Norman, Patrick Peterson
    S – Tyrann Mathieu, Rashad Jones

    *The Joker Selection goes to the best remaining front 7 player, due to there only being 6 players selected because of how I list them.

  6. @jluckow – can’t just make up new positions for the All-Pro team when they’re not used anywhere else. DEs and OLBs have responsibilities beyond rushing the QB – ask all the running backs Lawrence Taylor chased down from behind and tackled for no gain or a loss, when they thought they were on their way to turning the corner and heading upfield. Inside linebackers have just as much to do with covering crossing routes as run support.

    Unlike the Pro Bowl selections, the AP All-Pro first team is the best of the best… there’s no separation for conferences, defensive alignments, or any other differences in philosophy.

  7. I think Carson Palmer is awesome. But do you realize how much Cam Newton would love to have his weapons?

  8. Why list a guy at 2 positions? Doesn’t make sense. Just put Mack at LB and give someone else a chance like maybe Ansah in the other DE spot.

    Not that any of this matters.

  9. Not surprised to not see any Packers on it. Glad Mathews did not get on the list, he sucked this year. Talk about and over rated and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over paid player, he is it.

  10. Kapodaco says:
    Jan 8, 2016 2:24 PM
    Cam Newton had a great year.

    But above Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, or Russell Wilson? Ehhhhh.

    Little surprised to see Von Miller up here, too. Otherwise, a pretty good listing.

    Yes, Cam over everyone this year. Leave out the dancing please. Looks amateurish and silly.

    The question I ask when there’s a dispute,

    Which player’s team would fare better if they lose their QB? NE, AZ or Carolina? The team at the bottom of that pile has the most valuable player. W/O Brady I am not sure the Pats would win 4 games. Can the same be said about Newton or Palmer?

  11. tennesseeoilers says:
    Jan 8, 2016 2:54 PM
    I think Carson Palmer is awesome. But do you realize how much Cam Newton would love to have his weapons?

    Right now Brady has Gronk, who can’t raise his hand above his belt w/o an OPI, about a 60% Amendola and no Edelman.He hasn’t had these 3 together for the last 6 games. The rest of the receiving corps, well, they aren’t very good. No RBs, no oline.

    He could use a weapon or two but somehow managed to drag this wreck of a team to a 2 seed at his age.

    But I’m still OK with Newton.

  12. Heh….reads like the list of people who made the Pro Bowl

    Notice the trend? Look how many Panthers made it. Players on winning teams always lead the pro bowl vote, and this is no different. It looks like fans had 90% of the vote

    Guys on lesser teams made it, obviously, and they deserved it, but it’s just another comical chapter in the NFL history books

  13. As much as I dislike the diva, Odell is better than Jones. And instead of ridiculously giving Mack a spot at two positions, the DE honor should’ve gone to Mo Wilkerson, dude had a monstrous season.

  14. Cam Newton had a great year.

    But above Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, or Russell Wilson? Ehhhhh.
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    Russell Wilson, your serious! His whole season was made in 5 games, against the worst defenses in the league. Go look at his first 9 weeks, he had more turnovers than he did TD’s.

  15. It is a travesty that Reshad Jones is not getting the acclimation that he deserves, he was far and away the best safety this year, he was just on a bad team.

  16. The LAST thing I am is a KC fan, but Marcus Peters got hosed. Patrick Peterson and his 2 picks? Seriously?

  17. It is a travesty that Reshad Jones is not getting the acclimation that he deserves, he was far and away the best safety this year, he was just on a bad team.
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    *recognition

  18. Two running backs AND a fullback, when teams play a 3rd wr or second te 2/3s of the time?

    Four defensive linemen AND 5 linebackers when defenses play 5 defensive backs around 60% of the game?

    When the average PFT fans are paying closer attention to the game than the AP, you know there’s something wrong going on.

  19. scmems07 says: Jan 8, 2016 4:23 PM

    It is a travesty that Reshad Jones is not getting the acclimation that he deserves, he was far and away the best safety this year, he was just on a bad team.

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    Ok, now is your chance to back it up. Give me some stats. Some analytics? Anything?

  20. When you see 4 if 5 OL from the AFC North just shows you the type of football played there. Congrats to Joe Thomas, I hope he has a chance to play playoff football before he retires. If not with Browns then somewhere.

  21. Harrison Smith got robbed?! Dude only played 13 games, and had 2 picks and 3 pass defensed. He shouldn’t even sniff an All-Pro nod, especially ahead of Berry and Mathieu.

    At least the Reshad Jones backer has a semi-legitimate gripe.

  22. “Wilson and Brady both seemed to have some down weeks here and there. Newton was consistently performing. Its a tossup between him and Palmer”

    Not that I disagree with Cam’s all-pro nod, the notion that he was more consistent than Brady is false.

    Cam Newton had 2 games with 0 passing TDs, 4 with 1 passing TD, and 5 with 2 passing TD…. that’s 11 of his games with 2 or less passing TDs. At the same time, he had 3 with 5 passing TDs, against WASH, NO and NYG; that’s 42% of his TOTAL FOR THE YEAR in 3 games.

    Comparatively, Tom Brady had 6 games with at least 3 or 4 passing TDs, 2 with 1 TD, and 1 with 0; the rest of the games, 7 in total, he had 2 TDs.
    Brady had as many games with at least 3 passing TDs (6) as Cam had with 1 or less (6). Brady threw 2 or more TDs in 82% of his games. Cam threw 2 or more in 63%.

    Cam Newton had 13 games with less than 300 yards passing, 9 games with less than 250 yards, and 6 games with less than 200 yards.

    Comparatively, Brady had 8 games with less than 300 yards passing, 3 with less than 250 yards, and 1 with less than 200 yards.

    If consistency is what you were looking for, Cam wasn’t your guy.

  23. dstep24 says: Jan 8, 2016 4:26 PM

    The LAST thing I am is a KC fan, but Marcus Peters got hosed. Patrick Peterson and his 2 picks? Seriously?

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    This one is a REAL gripe. Peterson is great, but the plays Peters made and his stats speak for themselves. He’s the only real snub I see. It’s a pretty legit list.

  24. davemc617 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 4:54 PM

    Not that I disagree with Cam’s all-pro nod, the notion that he was more consistent than Brady is false.

    If consistency is what you were looking for, Cam wasn’t your guy.
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    But that’s only half the stat line. Now compare Brady & Cam in rushing stats. When you add rushing TDs & yards to passing TDs and yards, Cam is going to come out in good shape in that comparison.

  25. “Wilson and Brady both seemed to have some down weeks here and there. Newton was consistently performing. Its a tossup between him and Palmer”

    Not that I disagree with Cam’s all-pro nod, the notion that he was more consistent than Brady is false.

    Cam Newton had 2 games with 0 passing TDs, 4 with 1 passing TD, and 5 with 2 passing TD…. that’s 11 of his games with 2 or less passing TDs. At the same time, he had 3 with 5 passing TDs, against WASH, NO and NYG; that’s 42% of his TOTAL FOR THE YEAR in 3 games.

    Comparatively, Tom Brady had 6 games with at least 3 or 4 passing TDs, 2 with 1 TD, and 1 with 0; the rest of the games, 7 in total, he had 2 TDs.
    Brady had as many games with at least 3 passing TDs (6) as Cam had with 1 or less (6). Brady threw 2 or more TDs in 82% of his games. Cam threw 2 or more in 63%.

    Cam Newton had 13 games with less than 300 yards passing, 9 games with less than 250 yards, and 6 games with less than 200 yards.

    Comparatively, Brady had 8 games with less than 300 yards passing, 3 with less than 250 yards, and 1 with less than 200 yards.

    If consistency is what you were looking for, Cam wasn’t your guy.

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    You forgot to mention rushing stats. Cam had 636 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs this season. Tom Brady had 53 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs this season. I think this should always be included when comparing Cam to another QB.

  26. It is a travesty that Reshad Jones is not getting the acclimation that he deserves, he was far and away the best safety this year, he was just on a bad team.

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    Ok, now is your chance to back it up. Give me some stats. Some analytics? Anything?
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    4th in the league in tackles (135, 1st among safeties and its not even close)

    5 ints, 2 returned for td’s

    2 sacks

    8th amongst safeties in tackles for loss

    He played on a bad team, that’s what kept him from the all pro and pro bowl.

    PFF has him as an all pro, they at least go by performance and not popularity.

  27. “But that’s only half the stat line. Now compare Brady & Cam in rushing stats. When you add rushing TDs & yards to passing TDs and yards, Cam is going to come out in good shape in that comparison.”

    Cam had the 8th leading rusher in the league: Jonathan Stewart at 989 yards on 13 games. He scored 6 TDs. That’s 165 yards per TD.

    Brady’s leading rusher was Blount, at 703 in 12 games. He scored 6 TDs. That’s 117 yard per YD.

    As a team, the Panthers rushed for 2282 yards and 19 TDs; that’s 120 yards per TD.

    As a team, the Pats rushed for 1404 yards and 14 TDs. That’s 100 yards per TD.

    Cams rushing yards are nice, no doubt, but his rushing TDs are inflated due to vultured scores. The running game leads them down the field, and Cam gets his number called just about every time. It was cleae that the Panthers made a concentrated effort to improve his stats to get the MVP.

    8 of his 10 rushing TDs came in games in which he rushed for less than 50 yards (remember: the argument was about consistency, right?).

    On top of that, he had 15 turnovers on the year. That’s just under one giveaway a game…

    All that said, I still have no problem with him getting the nod.

  28. Hey guys…how can we jerk the Lions over some more? I mean they got the dirty end of the stick on the rookie contract scale change….and we just keep finding new ways to kill them with terrible ref call hose jobs, 5 alone in the last 17 games….. I know! Let’s give their only All-Pro level guy’s 1st team spot to a guy that already has a spot on the team! Hahaha hahahha…..

    Then let’s see if we can get Calvin to retire on them….

  29. Brandon Marshall should be All Pro WR next to Antonio Brown. Julio Jones has pretty stats, but the game is not all about stats (even though Marshall’s stats are outstanding too, 1400yds and 14TDs)

  30. As a Pats fan, I’m surprised the Phins safety Jones isn’t on there. He was pretty lights out this year.

  31. How does Tyron Matthieu make it over Reggie Nelson who led the league in ints and played all 16 games compared to Tyron’s 13 games?

    Also how does Patrick Peterson with 2 ints get it over Marcus Peters who had 8?

    Just saying.

  32. Khalil Mack an All Pro at two positions?

    Sounds about right.

    First time in the history of the NFL.

    Raiders domination is unavoidable- it’s going to happen.

    About time.

    Go RAIDERS

  33. We could all put together an All-Pro team with players as much or MORE deserving than this one at just about every position:
    – Carson Palmer
    – Marcus Peters
    – Fletcher Cox
    – DeAndre Hopkins
    – Darren Sproles (KR)
    – Reshad Jones
    – Mo Wilkerson
    – Trent Williams
    – Jamie Collins
    …etc.
    I’d go to war against the first team with these guys any day.

  34. I have the NFL Ticket, and they replay all the games every week. You can watch every snap of a game in 30 minutes. I watched most of the Panthers games this way.
    Cam Newton was incredibly good. Those on here criticizing him have no earthly idea what they are talking about. They are just repeating existing old opinions, and dislikes for him because he is seen as arrogant.
    He was easily the MVP this year. My favorite player is Tom Brady, and he was much better than Brady this year.
    He can do everything. He throws an excellent intermediate pass. Very, very accurate. He runs for first downs. His swagger helps that offense. If you haven’t watched their games, you really can’t appreciate how good he is. I was just astounded at his performance this year. He was sensational.

  35. dstep24 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 4:26 PM
    The LAST thing I am is a KC fan, but Marcus Peters got hosed. Patrick Peterson and his 2 picks? Seriously?
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    Don’t let the stat line fool you. Only 2 picks but the guy has shut down every #1 wr he went up against. I believe he has only given up 1 TD and that was on a busted coverage where he was supposed to have deep help. Nothing against Peters, and there should be three CBs, but do not look at INTs and say Peterson doesn’t belong.

  36. in spite of how polarizing Cam is, you gotta admit his receiving corps is likely the weakest of any of the other candidates … Tom Brady’s is close as is Russell Wilson’s, though all three have one thing in common: a dominant tight end. Even the Bucs admitted going into week 17 that all Carolina has is Cam, kinda an admission that no one else on offense really scares them.

    Now, Carolina’s offensive line is legit and Stewart is good (though not as good as his paycheck would suggest), but in the end, Carolina had the highest scoring offense in the league and Cam was by far the biggest reason why.

    What other team team wouldn’t love to have an All-Pro quarterback who also doubles as the team’s best goal-line back?

  37. like so much of the NFL these days, this selection process has become a joke–NO ONE, not even Nobis, Butkus, Schmidt, Ham, Hendricks, Bell, etc., deserves to be selected to two positions at once;

  38. Incognito would have been deserving outside the beat down he took against the Eagles. Fletcher Cox is a beast.

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