The beginning of the playoffs in the NFL marks the start of season accolades as well. All-Pro voting has been completed, and the Titans have one player on the first-team. Safety Kevin Byard got that recognition. His impressive campaign has been key to dramatic improvement on defense for the Titans this season. They had three other players receive votes but did not make the first-team. Those three are defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, and special teamer Morgan Cox. Although, Simmons did make the second-team.

Check out the full first-team AP All-Pro team here:

Kevin Byard: First-Team

Byard was the best safety in football this year. It wasn’t particularly close either. He was elite in almost every metric when it comes to secondary defenders, both in the passing and running game. Byard recorded five interceptions and seven pass break-ups and missed only five of 95 tackles.

Not to mention, he was one of the most clutch players in the NFL. His game-changing forced turnovers are a big reason that the Titans secured the AFC South crown and the top seed in the AFC.

Jeffery Simmons: Second-Team

Simmons has been a game-wrecker on arguably the best defensive line in the league. He probably deserved the first-team nod, but there are a lot of deserving defensive linemen. Instead, he snagged a second-team selection.

The Titans star defensive lineman had 8.5 sacks and twelve tackles for loss. Simmons was consistently one of the best run defenders on the defensive line in the NFL all season. He will look to build on an impressive season in the playoffs for the Titans.

Byard and Simmons have both been vital to a Titans defense that has outperformed expectations all year long. The AP voters understood that, and they both deserve the recognition.

 

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