The Associated Press has announced their 2016 NFL All-Pro team, selected by a national panel of 50 media members. The teams include three rookies, three first-time first teamers, and zero Bengals players on the first or second team. Only 14 of the 32 NFL teams are represented in the AP’s All-Pro team.
The three rookies include Ezekiel Elliott, Tyreek Hill and Jack Conklin. The other first timers include Matt Ryan, Von Miller, David Johnson, Travis Kelce, Vic Beasley, Sean Lee, Matthew Slater, Damon Harris, Marcus Peters, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Kelechi Osemele, Aqib Talib, Landon Collins and Damon Harrison.
If there is no second-team selection for a position, it’s because the first-team decision was unanimous. Changes to this year’s All-Pro voting include the addition of specific positions on the offensive line, a flex player on offense, a fifth defensive back, and a punt returner and special teamer.
Last year, Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth made the Associated Press' 2015 First Team All Pro roster and safety Reggie Nelson made the list with Second Team recognition. After a 6-9-1 season, it’s not too surprising that no Bengals made the list, though you could argue Atkins and A.J. Green deserved it. If Green hadn’t suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 11, he likely would have made the list.
A few Bengals did receive votes, but not enough to come close to earning a spot on the AP All-Pro team.
- Andrew Whitworth, 1 vote
- Kevin Zeitler, 1 vote
- Geno Atkins, 5 votes
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
Flex: David Johnson, Arizona
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Julio Jones, Atlanta
Left Tackle: Tyron Smith, Dallas
Right Tackle: Jack Conklin, Tennessee
Left Guard: Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas
Center: Travis Frederick, Dallas
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Edge Rushers: Khalil Mack, Oakland; Vic Beasley Jr., Atlanta
Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles; Damon Harrison, New York Giants
Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Sean Lee, Dallas
Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, Denver; Marcus Peters, Kansas City
Safeties: Landon Collins, New York Giants; Eric Berry, Kansas City
Defensive Back: Chris Harris Jr., Denver
FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles
Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Punt Returner: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England
Running Back: David Johnson, Arizona
Flex: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
Tight End: Greg Olsen, Carolina
Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay
Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, and Marcus Cannon, New England
Left Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Edge Rushers: Jadeveon Clowney, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami, Olivier Vernon, New York Giants, and Brandon Graham, Philadelphia
Interior Linemen: Ndamukong Suh, Miami; Calais Campbell, Arizona, and Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
Linebackers: Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay, C.J. Mosley, Baltimore, Zach Brown, Buffalo, Zachary Orr, Baltimore, Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles, Dont'a Hightower, New England, Whitney Mercilus, Houston, and Benardrick McKinney, Houston
Cornerbacks: Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants; Casey Hayward, San Diego, and Malcolm Butler, New England
Safeties: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay; Devin McCourty, New England.
Defensive Back: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
Punter: Marquette King, Oakland
Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Punt Returner: None.
Special Teamer: Nate Ebner, New England