Becoming a member of the Los Angeles Rams‘ Kupp and the Green Bay Packers‘ Adams in receiving votes Friday from all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who commonly cowl the league are Indianapolis Colts working again Jonathan Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt and Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald.
Whereas Donald is a perennial decide — the three-time Defensive Participant of the Yr makes the workforce for the seventh time in his eight professional seasons — Watt is on it for a 3rd time. He tied the NFL report for sacks with 22.5. Adams makes it for the second time, and the opposite two are newcomers as All-Execs. Kupp led the NFL in receptions (145), yards receiving (1,947) and TD catches (16). Taylor was the highest rusher by a landslide with 1,811 yards and scored 18 touchdowns on the bottom, together with two as a receiver.
“Clearly, it is an honor to be acknowledged, and it would not be attainable with out my coaches and unimaginable teammates, however the awards and accolades aren’t what drives me,” stated Watt, whose Steelers play at Kansas City on Sunday. “It is competing with and for them, this franchise, and this metropolis, that drives me. My coaches and teammates are the people who put me able to make splash, assist us win, and this recognition actually would not come with out them.”
Like Donald, though not practically as typically because the offense-wrecking DT, a number of gamers are making one other look on the All-Professional workforce. Inexperienced Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on it for the fourth time, as is Philadelphia heart Jason Kelce — yet another than his brother, Chiefs star tight finish Travis Kelce. One higher than them: Dallas proper guard Zack Martin and Baltimore place-kicker Justin Tucker at 5.
The three-time All-Execs this yr are Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Steelers defensive deal with Cam Heyward. The 2-time All-Execs are Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett and Titans security Kevin Byard.
The opposite 14 2021 All-Execs are making their debuts. On offense, 49ers left deal with Trent Williams is a newcomer in his eleventh NFL season, joined by Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews, Buccaneers proper deal with Tristan Wirfs, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio and 49ers large receiver Deebo Samuel. On protection, it is linebackers Micah Parsons of Dallas, the one rookie on the squad, and De’Vondre Campbell of Inexperienced Bay; Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs; Bills security Jordan Poyer; and 5 particular teamers: Las Vegas punter AJ Cole, Jets kick returner Braxton Berrios, Ravens punt returner Devin Duvernay, Saints particular groups ace J.T. Gray and Colts long-snapper Luke Rhodes.
Maybe probably the most thrilled participant is Williams, who has been a stellar blocker for a decade with Washington and now San Francisco, however by no means obtained an All-Professional nod.
“I do really feel extra comfy than I’ve ever felt,” he stated. “I do really feel like I am as robust as I’ve ever been. I do really feel my soccer IQ might be higher than it is ever been. As a soccer participant, as a competitor, yearly you wish to be higher than the final yr. That is my aim and all the time has been my aim. So if this yr is healthier than final yr, I hope so. That is the plan.”
Virtually as uncommon as sweeping the votes is having a rookie on the workforce. Parsons has been so excellent that he is additionally thought-about a robust contender for the Defensive Participant of the Yr award.
“I believe it is a rare honor,” he stated of being an All-Professional. “It speaks to the work and the place the Cowboys put me in. I believe it is only a true blessing. It simply makes you wish to go tougher.
“I believe if you obtain issues early, you have to discover ways to maintain it. Individuals all the time say if you get there, it will get simpler. However I believe if you get there, it will get tougher. When you get it, you’ve got obtained it. However it’s exhausting to maintain it than it’s simply to get there. I’ve obtained to simply maintain working and maintain getting higher and discover a method to beat this season subsequent yr, which is the tougher half.”
Byard was an All-Professional in 2017, and now he is again on the roster after what he felt was a down 2020 season.
“It means so much to me, actually,” he acknowledged. “I put a variety of work in each single offseason on my own, not essentially with the workforce in coaching camp, however simply attempt to come into the following season to attempt to play the very best I could be for my workforce.
“I’ve talked about it so much. Simply not felt like I performed my greatest final yr. So to have the ability to bounce again and see the type of the work that I put in mentally and bodily type of repay.”
Tucker’s fifth choice to the workforce is probably the most amongst NFL kickers; no one else on the place has been named to greater than three.
The Packers, Colts, Ravens, Rams and Cowboys every have three All-Execs. There’s a good breakdown by convention of 14 apiece.