Friday, the Associated Press announced their selections for the first and second NFL All-Pro teams. Two Denver Broncos players made the cut — one on the first team and one on the second.
Both are defensive players.
Outside linebacker Von Miller was named first-team All-Pro for the second time in his career. It's the fourth time he's made All-Pro, with 2011 and 2014 being the two seasons he was a second-teamer.
The only year Miller wasn't elected to the Pro Bowl, or named to the All-Pro team was his 2013 campaign, which began with a six-game suspension and ended with a season-ending ACL tear.
For 2015, Miller has been the Broncos go-to pass rusher and edge defender. With 11 sacks, he leads the team and has also notched 35 combined tackles and four forced fumbles.
Head coach Gary Kubiak talked about Miller's accomplishment and what the former No. 2 overall pick means to his team.
“That’s the highest honor that you can get in this business," Kubiak said. "Boy, has he played that way. You look at some of our players and I think we have a few guys that are deserving of that type of honor this year. When you look at Von, he hasn’t missed a snap. He’s been there all year long. His work habits are tremendous."
In a contract year, Miller is scheduled to hit the open waters of unrestricted free agency this spring, but the Broncos will likely apply the exclusive rights franchise tag to him, in order to keep him off the market and buy them time to negotiate a long-term deal.
But it will be a mega-deal and the richest contract the organization has ever paid out to a defensive player.
Cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. was named second-team All-Pro. It marks the second time Harris has earned a place at the All-Pro table. 2014 was his first Pro Bowl season, and he also made second-team All-Pro.
That game marked the first time in more than two years that Harris had allowed a touchdown. Nevertheless, his season has been phenomenal. He also was elected to his second career Pro Bowl in 2015.
Not bad for a former undrafted free agent. Harris' rise to the NFL stratosphere is inspirational.
“I always preach to the team that this league is fair," Kubiak said. "If you’re a good player, they’ll let you play. Chris is a [college] free agent. To get this far and do what he’s done, that’s really special. We’ve matched up Chris on a lot of great players this year. We put him in some tough positions. He’s been there."
The fact that the Broncos fielded the No. 1 defense in the NFL makes it conspicuous that only two defenders made the cut. The omission hasn't gone unnoticed by the players.
For Marshall, the knowledge that he received some All-Pro votes will have to suffice, as should the fact that he's listed as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, if an ILB ahead of him should drop out.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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