Dynamic defensive end Aaron Donald and unstoppable Travis Kelce were unanimously selected to be part of the Associated Press NFL All-Pro team on Friday.
Donald and Kelce received votes from a national panel of 50 members of the media who regularly cover the competition. This is the sixth All-Pro selection for Donald, who helped the Los Angeles Rams finish first in the NFL and third in Kansas City, matching the Kansas City Chiefs’ record.
I think the best demonstration of greatness is to make those around you better, Rams coach Sean McVay said of Donald. And that’s exactly what he does, in fact he influences them every week.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes praised Kelsey for the way he approaches his job.
He works his ass off every day, trains every day and makes sure he’s ready for those moments, Mahomes said. For a guy who has so much talent, who works so hard and really learns every day, that’s what makes him so special on the field.
Donald and Kielce bring back 15 players and add 14 newcomers to the lineup. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner is also part of his sixth unit.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the miraculous resistance of the center back can’t be beat after all these years.
Aaron Rodgers, who led Green Bay to a 13-3 NFC first-place finish, will be on his third team as will Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill. Top offensive picks include Tennessee’s 2,000-yard runner Derrick Henry, Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs’ offside trap, which led the NFL in recoveries and yards, and Davante Adams, Rodgers’ favorite target.
For me, honestly, I think I just find several little things that I can obviously improve on, Adams said. I feel like a pretty complete receiver. … It’s about refining the things I’m good at and finding a way to make them even better.
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Diggs was traded from Minnesota to Buffalo in the offseason and then made an impact when the Bills won their first AFC East title in 25 years.
For me, it was just that in every situation I was in or chosen, Diggs said I would settle for kissing. The first thing I always try to do is earn the respect of my teammates and coaches. And that’s by working like crazy, by continuing to work and do the work, and letting the chips fall where they may.
The Packers and Colts have four All-Pros. Green Bay lefty David Bakhtiari makes his second appearance and center forward Corey Linsley makes his first. Indianapolis has defensive back DeForest Buckner and linebacker Darius Leonard on defense, while guard Quenton Nelson remains on offense and George Odum on special teams. Nelson is a three-time All-Pro, Leonard is a two-time All-Pro, while Buckner and Odum are first round picks.
Cleveland (second pick) and Brandon Scherff (first pick), Washington’s right guard, complete the offense.
T.J.’s jugglers are also on the defensive. Watt, the NFL’s sack leader in Pittsburgh, who is part of his second All-Pro team, and rookie Myles Garrett from Cleveland; San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner (first selection) ; Miami cornerbacks Xavien Howard (first), the league interception leader, and Jalen Ramsey (second) of the Rams; and Kansas City’s Tyrann Mathieu (third), Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and Arizona’s Budda Baker, both on the second team. There was a connection between Fitzpatrick and Baker at the second security checkpoint.
The long-term position is new to the 2020 All-Pro team, and Baltimore’s Morgan Cox is the pick. Chicago brings back Cordarrelle Patterson for the fourth time. The rest of the places on the special teams are occupied by beginners: Miami kicker Jason Sanders, New England player Jake Bailey, and returning player Gunner Olszewski.
The 2019 repeaters are Donald, Wagner, Nelson, Watt, Fitzpatrick, Mathieu and Patterson.
A total of 18 players represent the AFC, which is considered the strongest this season, and 11 represent the NFC. Exactly half of the 32 clubs have the All-Pro 2020.