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It is nice to see that the Buffalo Bills' positive start this year has not been lost around the league when it comes time for considering which players deserve consideration for All-Pro teams. Here are the latest results of Bills being named to All-Pro teams, as reported originally by Chris Brown at Buffalo Bills.com.
From Pro Football Weekly: RB Fred Jackson and C Eric Wood. Complete All-Pro team link found here.
From Pro Football Focus: RB Fred Jackson and G Andy Levitre. Complete All-Pro team link found here.
From Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: G Andy Levitre and Safety George Wilson. Complete All-Pro team link found here.
We have three items to share with you from Clark Judge, CBS Sports:
1) On NFL Coach of the Year:
Second runner-up: Chan Gailey, Buffalo: He passes on quarterbacks in the draft because he believes in Ryan Fitzpatrick, then he goes out and beats New England and Philadelphia and Kansas City -- all division winners. I still think the Bills are a year away, but that they're in the picture at all is a testament to Gailey.
2) On NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Second runner-up: Marcel Dareus, DL, Buffalo:
Buffalo can thank Denver for Dareus being there with the third pick. Some considered him the best player in the draft. The Bills saw someone who could rescue the league's 32nd-ranked defense. They were right.
3) On most surprising NFL team. Second runner-up: Buffalo.
The Bills have been a last-place fixture in the AFC East, but not now. Now they're in a three-way tie for first, and I don't care that it lasts. I just care that it happened.
Seems like these analysts got it right, recognizing Jackson, Wood and Levitre for a strong year to date. Like that Prisco singled out George Wilson and stated that he believes Wilson is outperforming Troy Polamalu. Chan Gailey is deserving of Coach of the Year consideration, so kudos for Judge to recognize him, Marcell Dareus and the team's surprising season.
It hurts to lose our Pro-Bowl player in Kyle Williams, but it seems like as long as they continue to perform, the Bills should have new additions to the Pro Bowl squad this year, which bodes well for the near-term future of the team.