Thursday, January 14, 2021

PFJ's Homage to Allmost All-Pro/All-Joe Teams

 By John Turney
DiTrani and Weisman

A while back we posted about Vinny DiTrani's "Allmost-Pro Team" and Larry Weisman's "All-Joe" Teams. Those teams were picked by those two veteran writers for years and years to honor some players who were "snubbed" from the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams of the day.  You can get more about them details HERE and HERE.

As an homage to those two great writers, we are picking our own Allmost All-Joe Team for 2020. To be eligible a player cannot be First- or Second-team All-Pro on the AP team or a Pro Bowler or First- or Second-team on our All-pro team or PFF's team. 

Here goes—

Offense
Center
Mason Cole, Cardinals—Good grades all year. One issue, too many false starts for a center, snap count issues. Once that is corrected, can compete for a Pro Bowl slot.

Guards
A.J. Cann, Jaguars and Graham Glasgow, Broncos—Like Cole, these two are consistent, especially Cann. Glasgow has always been pretty good. 

Tackles
Kaleb McGary, Falcons and Daryl Williams, Bills—McGary getting better and better and Williams solid for the Bills.

Tight End
Robert Tonyan, Packers—Pro Bowl snub and no All-Pro votes since Travis Kelce was a unanimous pick. 

Quarterback
Tom Brady, Bucs. —Nope, he didn't make the Pro Bowl or any All-Pro teams. He's the Allmost All-Joe.

Running backs
Jonathan Taylor, Colts, and Andy Janovich, Browns—Taylor the runner, Janovich the blocker.

Wide receivers
Robert Woods, Rams, Adam Thielen, Vikings, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers—we liked his 20.9. yards a catch. Woods can run, catch, block, take a tunnel screen all the way. He's just a football player. Thielen, great routes, good hands, scored 14 touchdowns. FOURTEEN and not a sniff of post-season honors. 

Defense
Defensive ends
Brian Burns, Panthers, Carl Lawson, Bengals (tied) and Maxx Crosby of the Raiders.—Burns and Lawson lots and lots of hurries, not a lot of sacks—yet. Those will come. Crosby is just a good, tough, solid left defensive end. 

Defensive tackles
Fletcher Cox, Eagles, and Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay—Two old pros had good years but with so many good defensive interior players this year, they got overlooked. Quality is still there for Cox. Suh emerged from a few years in the doldrums—his final year in Miami, his lone season in Los Angeles and his first year in Tampa. This year he was good again.

Inside backer
Jordan Hicks, Cardinals—Made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, led an third and long nickel with six linebackers and five defensive backs for the Zona defense.

Outside backers
Kyle Van Noy, Miami, and Leonard Floyd, Rams—Complete backers who can play over a tight end, cover, be a rover-type rusher and even put a hand down and rush as an end and in Floyd's case a tackle in nickel. 

Cornerbacks
J.C. Jackson, New England, and Michael Davis, Chargers. Jackson had a ton of picks, began as a nickel then became a starter. Davis impresses, had a good defensive passer rating. On the upswing, we think. 

Safeties
Terrell Edmunds of the Steelers and Darnell Savage Jr., of the Pack. Edmunds we like a lot, just no room for him on All-Pro teams. Savage getting better and better. We think the world with catch up to these two next year. 

Special Teams
Punter
Tress Way, Washington.—Good year-in and year out, always aced out by someone having a career year. 

Kicker
Jason Myers, Seattle—Had a good year, worthy of Pro Bowl, but likely just missed. In a normal year, would likely be listed as an alternate.

Returner
Jamal Agnew, Lions. —Had usually been good but several guys just had a better year. One of the best.

Special teams
Zeke Turner, Arizona—Tough rookie gets down and makes tackles on coverage.

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