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Jets offense and defense shut out of inaugural players’ All-Pro Team

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Jaguars tight end Evan Engram stiff-arms Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner.
Jaguars tight end Evan Engram stiff-arms Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

For the first time ever, NFL players picked their  All-Pro Team on Wednesday — and the Jets were largely shut out of the honors. 

Active professionals voted for other (non-teammate) players in their position group, as well as their counterparts that they played against this season, which gives fans a sense of how those ballers view their fellow NFL players. 

On the offensive side of the ball, the selection process included one quarterback, running back and fullback, two wide receivers, a tight end, and one player from each position on the offensive line. 

On defense, the players selected two edge rushers, two interior defensive linemen, a nose tackle and off-ball linebacker, two cornerbacks and two safeties. 

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 Not a single Jets player was named to the All-Pro team on either side of the football. 

Justin Hardee, though, made the list for the special teams in the “core teamer” category. 

The non-inclusion of Jets players from offense and defense is notable as several Gang Green ballers had terrific seasons, despite the franchise missing the playoffs yet again. 

Cornerback Sauce Gardner will be particularly disappointing for fans of the team, as he lost out to Pat Surtain of the Denver Broncos and Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets rookie, who was selected 4th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, has been a staple of the team’s defense, while leading the NFL is passes defended with 20. He also recorded 75 tackles and two interceptions. 

The other significant footballer to be denied a spot on the players’ All-Pro team was Quinnen Williams, who lost out in the Interior Defensive Lineman category to Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs and Aaron Donald of the LA Rams. 

Williams finished the year with 55 tackles (including 12 for a loss), 28 quarterback hits, and 12 sacks. 

On the offensive side of the ball, rookie Garrett Wilson, who the Jets drafted 10th overall in 2022, was a long-shot to make the prestigious list, but built a solid resume regardless. 

He ended the season with 1,103 receiving yards (a Jets rookie record), along with four touchdowns. 

The other teams in the New York area were similarly shut out of the players’ selections, as the Giants had just one player appearing on the list — nose tackle Dexter Lawrence. 

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills did not have any players selected on offense, defense or special teams. 

The full list of players that made the inaugural All-Pro team is below:

Offense

  • Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City)
  • Running back: Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas)
  • Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco)
  • Wide Receiver: Justin Jefferson (Minnesota), Davante Adams (Las Vegas)
  • Tight End: Travis Kelce (Kansas City)
  • Left Tackle: Trent Williams (San Francisco)
  • Left Guard: Joel Bitonio (Cleveland)
  • Center: Jason Kelce (Philadelphia)
  • Right Guard: Zack Martin (Dallas)
  • Right Tackle: Lane Johnson (Philadelphia)

Defense

  • Edge Rusher: Nick Bosa (San Francisco), Myles Garrett (Cleveland)
  • Interior Defensive Lineman: Chris Jones (Kansas City), Aaron Donald (LA Rams)
  • Nose Tackle: Dexter Lawrence (New York Giants)
  • Off-Ball Linebacker: Fred Warner (San Francisco), Roquan Smith (Baltimore)
  • Cornerback: Pat Surtain II (Denver), Darius Slay (Philadelphia)
  • Free Safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick (Pittsburgh)
  • Strong Safety: Derwin James Jr. (LA Chargers

Special teams

  • Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson (Atlanta)
  • Punt Returner: KaVontae Turpin (Dallas)
  • Core Teamer: Jeremy Reaves (Washington), Justin Hardee (NY Jets)
  • Kicker: Jason Myers (Seattle)
  • Punter: Tommy Townsend (Kansas City)
  • Long snapper: Morgan Cox (Tennessee)

For more coverage of the Jets, head to amNY.com.