Every single year the Associated Press releases the All-Pro teams for the NFL. Each position is represented and there are two teams of players that get honored for being one of the best at their respective position. Last season, Michael Thomas, Deonte Harris, Ryan Ramczyk, and Demario Davis all made first-team All-Pro on a 13-3 team.
This season, not a single New Orleans Saints player made the first-team despite record performances by Alvin Kamara, stellar play by Ramczyk (again) and continued elite performances by Davis. However, all three of those mentioned did make second-team All-Pro, a distinct honor in itself.
The full AP NFL All-Pro first team, released today: pic.twitter.com/pzhVtohOGy— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2021
Every player that made the first-team this season had a legitimate argument and claim to those spots. However, it is completely understandable for New Orleans fans to be disappointed that none of the franchise’s elite players were selected this season.
Yet, perhaps the biggest snub was defensive standout Trey Hendrickson who was left off of both teams. Hendrickson recorded 13.5 sacks this season, the same amount as Los Angeles Rams defense end Aaron Donald. The only difference between the two is that Hendrickson accomplished the feat with 307 less snaps than Donald took this season. A clear discrepancy considering Donald made first-team All-Pro and Hendrickson wasn’t able to make either team.
Terron Armstead is also considered a snub after playing one of his best season’s to date. Armstead has been a stalwart of the Saints offensive line.
Second-team All-Pro selections for the Saints— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) January 8, 2021
However, the accolades do not mean nearly as much as the ultimate goal, which is to be raising the Lombardi Trophy in February in Tampa Bay. Yet, these accolades give credit to the players for their performance, and some even have incentive pay tied into being selected to the All-Pro teams. Just like the Pro Bowl this season, many of these New Orleans players are used to being snubbed. Perhaps that is the fuel to the fire when it comes to proving their worth and value in the postseason.
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