The 2018 AP All-Pro team

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The major Associated Press awards won’t be announced for another 29 days. For now, the AP has unveiled its annual All-Pro team.

The first team for offense, defense, and special teams appears below.

Offensively, the quarterback is Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs. The running back is Todd Gurley, of the Rams. The flex position goes to Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs.

The receivers are DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans and Michael Thomas of the Saints. The tight end is Travis Kelce of the Chiefs.

The offensive line, from left tackle to right tackle, are David Bakhtiari, Quenton Nelson, Jason Kelce, Zack Martin, Mitchell Schwartz.

Defensively, the edge rushes are J.J. Watt of the Texans and Khalil Mack of the Bears. The interior defensive linemen are Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox.

The linebackers are Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner, and Darius Leonard.

The cornerbacks are Kyle Fuller of the Bears and Stephon Gilmore of the Patriots. The safeties are Eddie Jackson of the Bears and Derwin James of the Chargers. The extra defensive back is Desmond King.

The specialists are kicker Justin Tucker of the Ravens, punter Michael Dickson of the Seahawks, kick returner Andre Roberts of the Jets, punt returner Tarik Cohen of the Bears, and specialist Adrian Phillips of the Chargers.

117 responses to “The 2018 AP All-Pro team

  1. Remember when many said Belichick was crazy for not paying Butler but trying to trade him to Saints, and instead giving a big contract to Gilmore? Ah, and so it turns out, yet again, that Belichick knows more about football than the salty mountain of hate.

  2. “mytwitteraccountwashacked says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    Zach Ertz broke the record for total receptions by TE and no nod. Unreal.”

    Kelce and the Kittle set records for yards. Which is just a bit more important than receptions.

  3. mytwitteraccountwashacked says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    Zach Ertz broke the record for total receptions by TE and no nod. Unreal.

    I think Kittle’s receiving yards record is a bit more impressive than Ertz’s total receptions record.

  4. Chris Ballard getting 2 rookies on the AP All Pro team has to be the best draft since Baltimore took Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis.

  5. skwackquackwoof says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    I like Mahomes just fine, but there is no way he is better or more valuable than Drew Brees.

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    Let me know when Drew Brees throw for 50 TDS & 5K passing yards in a season….

  6. Kelce, Kittle, and Ertz all had amazing seasons. Ertz had the most catches, Kittle the most yards, Kelce was a close 2nd to both but had the most TDs.
    However, only one can be all-pro; the other 2 not making it is not a snub.

  7. streetyson says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Remember when many said Belichick was crazy for not paying Butler but trying to trade him to Saints, and instead giving a big contract to Gilmore? Ah, and so it turns out, yet again, that Belichick knows more about football than the salty mountain of hate.

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    It’s true, Belichek is a wizard. And I know Butler had a VERY ROUGH start to the season, but he was actually VERY GOOD in the 2nd half of the season. And Gilmore got ROASTED by Corey Davis. Gilmore is a fine corner, but no way is he top 2 in the league.

  8. Tress Way (Redskins punter) is underappreciated. He dropped 41 punts inside the 20, with ZERO touchbacks. He deserved a Pro Bowl (and possibly All-Pro) nod.

  9. So, an All-Pro is supposedly not good enough to make the Pro Bowl (Tucker). Gotta love that Pro Bowl voting.

  10. I don’t see the Ertz over Kelce argument. Kelce had almost 200 more yards and two more TDs. I can see the Kittle argument though because he had more yards and played on a less dynamic offense.

    Also Julio should have made it over Thomas

  11. skwackquackwoof says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I like Mahomes just fine, but there is no way he is better or more valuable than Drew Brees.
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    How do you know? Maybe the Saints would have made it to more than one Super Bowl with a different quarterback.

  12. Lane Johnson not getting a pro-bowl nod or all-pro is pure ignorance. Who has he NOT chewed up over the last two years….this is a freaking joke. Oh and please save the PED comments that was 3 years ago move on already.

  13. P Michael Dickson led the league in NET but Tress Way had the rarer achievement with an off-the-charts 41 IN20s and zero TBs, becoming only the third punter ever to go through a season without a TB (his NET wasn’t too shabby either).

    But Dickson was a key weapon on a ball-control and field-position playoff team, and so he is definitely deserving. Great seasons by both.

  14. not a single one of my vikings made it. that is proof that this teams defense is in decline. harrison smith got beat out by eddie jackson, Rhodes got beat out by fuller, and griffen got beat out by mack. all bears. all in the division. and yet, we don’t need offensive guards! we’ll just get some big boy and patch him in there. oh rick speilman, will you ever learn? look at the colts: 2 rookie 1st team all pros, vastly improved defense and offense that keeps their quarterback upright. Congrats to the colts on an unreal draft! rick spielman, take a note!

  15. Lane didn’t have great season from start to finish, so I can stomach that snub. Ertz makes little sense given the impact he had in al 16 games this season. Kelce having more yards and TDs is irrelevant – that’s all situational. Ertz was a monster.

  16. mytwitteraccountwashacked says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    Zach Ertz broke the record for total receptions by TE and no nod. Unreal.

    Really? Wow what a homer.

  17. My how the tables have turned…

    Right Jalen Ramsey? Tyreek Hill is on this list but you said he was only a return specialist.

  18. 49erfan44 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:54 pm
    No Kittle is a JOKE. Ertz and Kittle over Kelce this season.

    I could be swayed for Kittle but Ertz? What a joke

  19. mytwitteraccountwashacked says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    Zach Ertz broke the record for total receptions by TE and no nod. Unreal.
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    G. Kittle had some nice numbers too but guess I can’t argue against Kelce.

  20. Kelce, Kittle, Ertz…flip a coin! They’re all deserving but they can only pick one. Plus, how many times do you see brothers together on an All-Pro team. Pretty cool.

  21. Wheres Xavien Howard at? According to Miami fans hes worthy of the #1 CB money in the league, because he is ASCENDING.

  22. That’s a great offensive line right there?

    Who’d rather have Fuller and Gilmore over Peterson and Ramsey?

  23. Ertz, Kelce, and Kittle all had amazing seasons but there can only be one AP TE on the first team. For those who are so outraged at Ertz not being selected please take a look at the numbers below. I am a 49er fan and I am glad Kittle set the yardage record but have no issue with Kelce being selected. *For those who love PFF, Kittle was selected as their AP and was graded as the top TE so there is that.

    Ertz: Catches: 116, Yards: 1,163, TD: 8
    Kelce: Catches: 103, Yards: 1,336, TD: 10
    Kittle: Catches: 88, Yards: 1,377, TD: 5

  24. Xavian Howard should be on the All Pro Team. he missed the last 4 games and still tied the
    league.

  25. No Vikes! Good!!! At least that gives the team some leverage in some of the contracts they need to extend or re-do. Smith might be the only one who deserved any thought.

  26. laxman1944 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    Lane Johnson not getting a pro-bowl nod or all-pro is pure ignorance.

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    Lane has not been having enough fun

  27. Kittle should have the TE spot. Set the TE Receiving record with Beathard and Mullens at QB and no skill players worthy enough to take away doubling him. Kelce has the eventual MVP and the All-Pro Flex to work with.

    Kittle more than doubled the team lead in receptions (88 to 42 from Bourne), almost tripled the team lead in receiving yards (1,377 to 487 from Bourne) and tied for the team lead in receiving TD’s. Kelce didn’t even lead his team in yards or receiving TD’s.

    Just shows this is a popularity contest. Ertz would have been a more reasonable choice than Kelce TBH

  28. benitoboom375 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm
    Ertz, Kelce, and Kittle all had amazing seasons but there can only be one AP TE on the first team. For those who are so outraged at Ertz not being selected please take a look at the numbers below. I am a 49er fan and I am glad Kittle set the yardage record but have no issue with Kelce being selected. *For those who love PFF, Kittle was selected as their AP and was graded as the top TE so there is that.

    Ertz: Catches: 116, Yards: 1,163, TD: 8
    Kelce: Catches: 103, Yards: 1,336, TD: 10
    Kittle: Catches: 88, Yards: 1,377, TD: 5

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    For those of us who remember football before Antonio Gates, blocking is part of what tight ends do, too. Kittle is an elite run blocker. The other 2 guys are 250 lb slot receivers.

  29. Zach Ertz doesn’t really block. Hard to believe that he caught 13 more balls than Kelce and was nearly 200 yards behind him.

  30. Lots of questionable decisions but that’s how these things go. Harrison Smith was the most noticeable omission for me. Also, maybe I’m old fashioned but “Flex” position? Why can’t Zeke be considered Flex as well? He was better than Hill. I’m sure Zeke went out and lined up as Wr at least once. If you say “well they have to actually play as both and have an impact lining up as RB and WR?” Well now you have a pool of about 10 players. Maybe 3-5 good ones. What a joke.

  31. Harrison Smith over any of the DB’s listed. That’s what happens when you give biased people the vote.

  32. redlikethepig says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Once you get on the team as an OLman you make it every year no matter how you play.

    LOL. You do realize Quentin Nelson is a rookie right?

  33. arrowhead816 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    skwackquackwoof says:
    January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    I like Mahomes just fine, but there is no way he is better or more valuable than Drew Brees.

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    Let me know when Drew Brees throw for 50 TDS & 5K passing yards in a season….

    79 25 Rate This
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    That’s a great year and a valid point… But return the favor when Mahomes attains nearly every relevant QB record in the HISTORY of the game. Not to mention 4 more 5000 yard seasons, let alone a Super Bowl ring. Like I said above, I like Mahomes, but 1 year of good stats doesn’t make him the second coming. Cam Newton was named MVP a few years ago, does anyone really think he was actually the most VALUABLE player?

  34. Leonard Fournette (or 3.4nette) found the game “easier” than he thought.

    He should’ve thought harder.

  35. It’s about time David Bakhtiari was recognized as the best left tackle in the NFL. He is a rock and plays hurt all the time, too.
    It just shows what a farce the Pro Bowl is.

  36. Man, guys like Alvin Kamara/Saquon Barkley, Mike Evans/Davante Adams, DeForest Buckner, and Damontae Kazee all got robbed of potential spots on either All Pro lists all because the writers who voted wanted to get Tyreek Hill, JJ Watt, and Derwin James on both 1st and 2nd teams at multiple positions. On top of that how could you ever justify giving Von Miller a nod a MLB over guys like Blake Martinez or Cory Littleton when he doesn’t play MLB? This list is a bad joke.

  37. OMG, I just noticed. They don’t have Antonio Brown on either list. This is literal insanity, I’m not even a Steelers fan but how could you possibly deny a man with over 100 catches, over 1000 yards, and who lead the league in TD catches with 15 a nod? I…I don’t have the words.

  38. Drew Brees wants an explanation! Sorry Drew, the All Pro Team and the MVP Award are all based on this season. It’s not a career achievement. Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, THIS year.

  39. JJ Watt had such a good season that he got voted to the 1st team All Pro… AND 2nd Team… Yet he will finish second in Comeback Player of the Year to a guy who probably didn’t finish in the top 5 of All Pro voting…. #CmonMan

  40. Check that out – 2 All-Pro linemen.
    Notre Dame knows how to put impact linemen in the league.

  41. 8to80texansblog says:

    January 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    JJ Watt had such a good season that he got voted to the 1st team All Pro… AND 2nd Team… Yet he will finish second in Comeback Player of the Year to a guy who probably didn’t finish in the top 5 of All Pro voting…. #CmonMan

    Absurd! How can a guy that couldn’t throw a football last and threw 39 TD passes this year win comeback player of the year? Smh.

  42. Brees threw for over 5400 and 46 TDs with ZERO INTs in 2011 but didn’t win MVP because it was not about stats but based more on QB efficiency. Now that Brees is the most efficient QB they move the goal post and it’s not about efficiency all of a sudden it’s about the stats SMDH

  43. skwackquackwoof says:

    January 4, 2019 at 3:02 pm

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    That’s a great year and a valid point… But return the favor when Mahomes attains nearly every relevant QB record in the HISTORY of the game. Not to mention 4 more 5000 yard seasons, let alone a Super Bowl ring. Like I said above, I like Mahomes, but 1 year of good stats doesn’t make him the second coming. Cam Newton was named MVP a few years ago, does anyone really think he was actually the most VALUABLE player?
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    Proof of the Legacy Award argument.. FYI its not a lifetime achievement award. Brees is having a great “year”, Mahomes is having a historical year.

  44. uncletuna says:
    January 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    Didn’t Justin Tucker miss a PAT at the end of a game causing his team a loss?
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    He’s clearly terrible. He’s missed one PAT out of 242 in his entire career.

    He made 19 field goals in the Ravens 6-1 run at the end of the year, and has accounted for 41% of their points during that run. Best kicker in the league, and it isn’t close.

  45. No point in getting worked up about this, it is the opinion of sports writers after all. They know as much about football as I know about knitting.

  46. hailtothenamechange says:
    January 4, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    Colts took All-Pros with their first two picks. Wow. That very well could be unprecedented
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    Jonathon Ogden / Ray Lewis first two picks, hall of fame.

  47. ariani1985 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 3:29 pm
    The packers LT really goes to show what a joke this is! He gave up over 15 sacks!
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    He gave up 4 sacks.

  48. ohio477034473 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    The Bengals’ Geno Atkins is as good as it gets at defensive tackle but but he usually gets overlooked. Just compare his stats with Donald.
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    Atkins isn’t nearly as disruptive, had half as many tackles for loss and sacks and QB hits as Donald, and no forced fumbles. It’s not even close.

  49. How is Jason Kelce listed here as an All-Pro, but not even in the Pro Bowl? There is something wrong with that

  50. ariani1985 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    I guess the number 1 packer apologist caught my mistake! Good catch!
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    It wasn’t a mistake. It’s nothing new- you do things like this all of the time. The least you could is be honest for once.

  51. sb44champs says:
    Brees threw for over 5400 and 46 TDs with ZERO INTs in 2011 but didn’t win MVP because it was not about stats but based more on QB efficiency. Now that Brees is the most efficient QB they move the goal post and it’s not about efficiency all of a sudden it’s about the stats SMDH
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    Nice try, but Brees had 14 INT’s that season. Though I do agree he should have still won the MVP award.

  52. ariani1985 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    I guess the number 1 packer apologist caught my mistake! Good catch!

    Your obsession with Green Bay is scary

  53. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    January 4, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    Harrison Smith over any of the DB’s listed. That’s what happens when you give biased people the vote.

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    I only saw him play twice, but looked like he has declined. Maybe he was injured.

  54. IOBP says:
    January 4, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    OMG, I just noticed. They don’t have Antonio Brown on either list. This is literal insanity, I’m not even a Steelers fan but how could you possibly deny a man with over 100 catches, over 1000 yards, and who lead the league in TD catches with 15 a nod? I…I don’t have the words.

    Because an “all pro” does not quit on his teamates!

  55. Ertz had a great year but he is 200+ yards and 2 TDs behind Kelce, so unless he is a dominant blocker, good choice

  56. vanquish77 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    Seriously, Zeke is not the #1 RB? This list is trash.
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    Did you like Zeke’s 4.7 ypc, 6 rushing TD’s and 6 fumbles over Gurley’s 4.9 ypc, 17 TD’s and 1 fumble? The only thing Elliott has over Gurley is more total yardage only due to the fact that he had more touches. Gurley got into the end zone 12 more times than Elliott did. Put up 72 more points for his team. That’s kind of important. Gurley also blows Elliott out of the water with his pass blocking. Zeke stinks at it.

  57. vavikingfan says:
    January 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    Bahktiari?
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    PFF had him rated as the #1 tackle. Have you heard of him before? You may have seen him, the Vikings played the Packers twice this year, like they always do.

  58. sb44champs says:
    January 4, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    Brees threw for over 5400 and 46 TDs with ZERO INTs in 2011 but didn’t win MVP because it was not about stats but based more on QB efficiency. Now that Brees is the most efficient QB they move the goal post and it’s not about efficiency all of a sudden it’s about the stats SMDH

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    Brees has 14 Ints in 2011

  59. It’s amazing that the Vikings have put together a lasting dynasty with one of the all-time great defenses, all without having a single all-pro on the team.

  60. Kyle Fuller isn’t even the best corner in his division, not even second best. Rhodes is better when healthy and Slay is better all day.

  61. What to say? Brees probably should have been mvp in 09 and 11. The argument for him is an easy one. Pats went like 11-6 with a QB when Brady went down who is long out of the league, and Garoppolo was the next big thing later. Chiefs won 2 straight division titles with Alex Smith, then crashed out. Who’s to say that doesn’t happen again this year? Meanwhile, has anyone claimed the Saints would be better than 6-10 without Brees? No, because they know better. the Saints finally straightened out scouting and crushed the 2017 draft. Yet they still need Brees to go anywhere. That would seem to fit the definition of an mvp.

  62. indywilson40 says:
    January 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    8to80texansblog says:

    January 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    JJ Watt had such a good season that he got voted to the 1st team All Pro… AND 2nd Team… Yet he will finish second in Comeback Player of the Year to a guy who probably didn’t finish in the top 5 of All Pro voting…. #CmonMan

    Absurd! How can a guy that couldn’t throw a football last and threw 39 TD passes this year win comeback player of the year? Smh.
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    Both are very deserving of the award. But JJ had A LOT of analysts doubting he’d ever play again, and definitely not at the same level after back to back years of devastating season ending injuries. Not only did he play, he was the best player at his position, in the entire NFL. so much so that he was voted to the All Pro team at 2 different positions. He led the league in forced fumbles and 2nd in the league in sacks…. Luck had a great year but didn’t come back to the level where he was the best in the league.

  63. Bobby Wagner is such an incredible player, beyond just his athletic abilities. The Seahawks D has been so good for the past 7 years, and finally we see why. It’s always been the Legion of Bobby. Sherm, Kam, Earl, Bennett, Avril, you’ll all always be loved by Seattle fans, but the D is still elite without y’all. He’s likely going to have a coaching career as sterling as his playing career.

  64. Well Mr Drew Brees apologist we can easily pick a year and manipulate it to fit our needs.

    2010- 22 interceptions , 4620 yds, 33 TDS
    2012- 19 interceptions, 5177 yards, 43 TDS
    The man for most of his career was a pick machine .

    And let’s compare Brees 2nd year to Mahomes..

    16 games , 3284 yards , 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions

  65. Zeke won the yardage title for the second time in three years, propelling the Cowboys into the playoffs both years, yet is second team?

  66. “What to say? Brees probably should have been mvp in 09 and 11.”

    2011? Seriously? The Packers have for a long time been one of the worst teams without Rodgers, and lately have shown that they can’t win unless he is at MVP level. In 2011 Rodgers set the all-time passer rating at over 120, even significantly better than Brees was this year! The Packers were 15-1. Of course Rodgers was and should’ve been the 2011 MVP.

  67. Vikings4Life says:
    January 4, 2019 at 10:38 pm
    Kyle Fuller isn’t even the best corner in his division, not even second best. Rhodes is better when healthy and Slay is better all day.
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    Players, coaches, and fans each count for 1/3 of the vote. PFF had Fuller 8th, Slay 22nd, and Rhodes 105. Rhodes stunk this year. Fuller led the league in INT’s and passes defensed this year and 2/3 of the vote came from his peers and coaches. You obviously didn’t see Fuller play this year. If Rhodes had been anywhere near the top, he would have gotten in on reputation, same with Slay, who were both Pro Bowlers last year. They weren’t this year- Fuller was better. Rhodes is better at holding, however. And he played 14 games this year. Stop blaming injuries; plenty of other corners played with injuries this year and didn’t have as horrible of a season as Rhodes did.

  68. BigBill85 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Zeke won the yardage title for the second time in three years, propelling the Cowboys into the playoffs both years, yet is second team?
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    Gurley was better. Zeke gets more touches, but Gurley had 12 more TD’s, better YPC and yards per touch, was a much better pass blocker, and only 1 fumble as opposed to Elliott’s 6. Having more total yards just because you got the ball more often isn’t very special, especially when you score 72 points less than the other guy.

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