The beginning of the playoffs in the NFL marks the start of season accolades as well. All-Pro voting has been completed, and the Titans have one player on the first-team. Safety Kevin Byard got that recognition. His impressive campaign has been key to dramatic improvement on defense for the Titans this season. They had three other players receive votes but did not make the first-team. Those three are defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, and special teamer Morgan Cox. Although, Simmons did make the second-team.
#Titans who made it onto All-Pro ballots along with number of votes and rank among position:
Kevin Byard 41 votes (1st)
Jeffery Simmons 10 votes (4th)
Morgan Cox 4 votes (3rd)
Rodger Saffold 1 vote (5th)
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) January 14, 2022
Check out the full first-team AP All-Pro team here:
A look at the First-Team All Pro squad by position: pic.twitter.com/s6awWtENM9
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 14, 2022
Kevin Byard: First-Team
Byard was the best safety in football this year. It wasn’t particularly close either. He was elite in almost every metric when it comes to secondary defenders, both in the passing and running game. Byard recorded five interceptions and seven pass break-ups and missed only five of 95 tackles.
Not to mention, he was one of the most clutch players in the NFL. His game-changing forced turnovers are a big reason that the Titans secured the AFC South crown and the top seed in the AFC.
Carson Wentz connects with Kevin Byard in OT
— PFF (@PFF) October 31, 2021
Jeffery Simmons: Second-Team
Simmons has been a game-wrecker on arguably the best defensive line in the league. He probably deserved the first-team nod, but there are a lot of deserving defensive linemen. Instead, he snagged a second-team selection.
The Titans star defensive lineman had 8.5 sacks and twelve tackles for loss. Simmons was consistently one of the best run defenders on the defensive line in the NFL all season. He will look to build on an impressive season in the playoffs for the Titans.
Jeffery Simmons is comically strongpic.twitter.com/zJGp1l9XDn
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) December 19, 2021
Byard and Simmons have both been vital to a Titans defense that has outperformed expectations all year long. The AP voters understood that, and they both deserve the recognition.
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