Myles Garrett and Jack Conklin have made the All-Pro first team after a stellar season which saw the Browns win 11 games and go to the playoffs.
The Cleveland Browns have two first-team All-Pro players in Jack Conklin and Myles Garrett, a sure sign that the Browns made the right call in locking both players up. Joining them in the second team are guards Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller, cementing the Browns offensive line as the best in the game, as no other team had three players from their offensive line make both teams. The Colts were second with two players, one on each.
Garrett missed some time this year due to COVID-19 related issues and has had games, prior to his illness, where he wasn’t consistently dominant, but the nod is deserved. Garrett and Denzel Ward were the only above-average players on this team. To be clear, those two men played above “above-average” but everyone else on the team was average at best, if not worse. Which makes what Garrett able to do for a few game stretch in the beginning to middle of the year even more impressive.
For Conklin, he gets screwed out of yet another Pro Bowl but has now made his second All-Pro team. He made the team previously as a rookie while in Tennessee. Conklin has been the best offensive linemen for the Browns all year, regardless of what PFF states. Conklin had only missed one game all year and was an absolute beast in both the passing and rushing games for the Browns. There’s no doubt in my mind that Teller’s performance was aided by playing next to arguably the best tackle in football.
As for the second-teamers, they more than deserved the nod as well.
Joel Bitonio is quietly putting together a Hall of Fame-worthy career, with his third straight second-team appearance. Bitnio has also made three straight Pro Bowls as well, really highlighting his consistency as a Browns player. While he’s not going to be able to play in the opening round of the playoffs, hopefully, this is a slight morale boost.
As for Teller, while he’s absolutely played well enough to be worthy of the selection, he only played in 11 games. There’s an argument to be made that he hadn’t played enough to warrant the selection. After all, the best runner in football is Nick Chubb (league-best 5.6 YPC among qualified runners for the season) and he got beat out by Derrick Henry. Henry may have the totality of stats, but Chubb is the better player. With that logic and the fact that Chubb and Teller missed about the same amount of games, it’s fair to say that if Chubb didn’t make a team, maybe Teller didn’t deserve to either.
It’s also fair to say that if Teller made the team then Chubb deserved to as well.
Either way, to see Teller, Garrett, Bitonio, and Conklin make the two teams is a wonderful way to kick off the beginning of the playoffs.