Jamal Adams made the cut for the AP All-Pro Second Team, but Saquon Barkley was somehow left off the team over two other running backs.
This will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in human history.
Well, not really, but it’s still a massive screw-up on behalf of the Associated Press. New York Giants rookie sensation Saquon Barkley was left off the All-Pro team put together by 50 national media members. New York Jets second-year star Jamal Adams was named to the second team, but Barkley wasn’t so lucky.
Todd Gurley was named to the first team, while Ezekiel Elliott was the running back for the second team. Barkley’s 2,028 yards from scrimmage beat both of them (1,831 for Gurley and 2,001 for Elliott). Additionally, his 5.8 yards per touch tied Gurley and beat Elliott.
Furthermore, he did this behind the worst offensive line of the three running backs in question, and he didn’t have a coach like Sean McVay scheming for him. Not that Pat Shurmur is a bad coach, but he’s no McVay.
Barkley was clearly better than Elliott, as he did more with less of the offense being run through him. He probably deserves to be above Gurley too, but Gurley missed two games so it’s not quite as outrageous that Gurley got a nod over him. At least Barkley cleaned up in the team awards given out by ESNY’s Jason Leach.
Aldrick Rosas was named to the second team after hitting 32-of-33 field goals and 31-of-32 extra points. His only missed field goal was over 50 yards while he was kicking through a leg injury, and his only missed extra point was blocked. It was a dramatic turnaround for a kicker who looked out of place as a rookie last season. Justin Tucker made the first team.
Jets safety Jamal Adams was named to the second team as a safety. The team MVP finished his season with 115 tackles to go with one interception. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one, while recording 3.5 sacks.
It was a do-it-all and often a do-it-yourself season for the second-year safety who has established himself as one of the best safeties in the league. Derwin James and Eddie Jackson made the first team and Harrison Smith joined him on the second team.
Andre Roberts was named to the first team as a kick returner after picking up 1,174 kick return yards and a touchdown. He also got a punt return touchdown while leading the league in punt return average at 14.1 yards per return.
Tarik Cohen was the first-team punt returner, while Desmond King was on the second team. Cordarrelle Patterson was the kick returner on the second team.
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