The entire Buffalo Bills roster was left off the AFC Pro Bowl team recently, an unpopular move amongst its fans, many outraged that the Kansas City Chiefs had five players selected despite just two wins this season. As various publication All-Pro teams start rolling in, however, a few Bills are getting the recognition most feel is well deserved.
Pro Football Focus unveiled its 2012-13 All-Pro Team and three Bills made the cut, including a first-teamer.
Jairus Byrd was named as the first-team free safety. PFF writes “There isn’t a better deep safety in football than Byrd who picked up five interceptions and only allowed 16 catches all year into his coverage. Byrd has rare range and ability and it’s always on display.”
Byrd got the nod over New England’s Devin McCourty.
Running back C.J. Spiller and kick returner Leodis McKelvin were named to the second-team.
Spiller came after first-team selection Adrian Peterson. On Spiller PFF wrote “In the end Spiller received the nod over Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris with the only negative being in how poorly he was used.”
Spiller ran for 1,244 yards on just 207 carries and also caught 43 passes for 459 yards.
McKelvin’s second-team honors come after first-team selection Jacoby Jones. PFF said “While he was just picked over Marcus Thigpen here, before missing time, McKelvin had a very real shot at first team honors.”
McKelvin led the NFL in punt return average (18.7) and returned two for touchdowns. His 28.3 yards averaged on kick returns would’ve been third in the league had he had enough attempts to qualify. He missed the final three games with a groin injury.
You could see complete list of the PFF All-Pro Team by clicking here.
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