Slater Named All-Pro, Brady Snubbed
The Associated Press announced the National Football League's All-Pro awards on Friday afternoon and among the names were New England Patriots special team member Matthew Slater.
The selection for Slater was the first of his career and he represents the only New England player to be named to the All-Pro list. He was recently named the winner of the Bart Starr Award as well for his accomplishments on and off the field. Slater was selected as a special teamer
Tom Brady finished behind Matt Ryan in the voting for the position of quarterback. The All-Pro selections are the best player in that respective position overall in the NFL. Ryan finished 2016 with the league's best passer rating (117.1) and had 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Brady, Marcus Cannon, Devin McCourty, and Nate Ebner were all named to the second team however.
Rookies Ezekiel Elliot and Tyreek Hill were also honored with a selection and 14 teams had at least one All-Pro.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
Flex: David Johnson, Arizona
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City
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
Defensive Back: Chris Harris Jr., Denver
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
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England
Running Back: David Johnson, Arizona
Flex: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
Tight End: Greg Olsen, Carolina
Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
Left Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta
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
Defensive Back: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
Punter: Marquette King, Oakland
Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Punt Returner: None.
Special Teamer: Nate Ebner, New England