Associated Press announces 2013 NFL All-Pro team (Offense)

1/3/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Pro Bowl appearances are a good way to evaluate who the best players in the NFL were in any given season, but there is one team that is even more exclusive - the first-team All-Pro team, voted on by the Associated Press. The team was announced on Friday, so I'll go over the roster with the key stats and facts of each player's season:

Blog Photo - Associated Press announces 2013 NFL All-Pro team (Offense)QB Peyton Manning (DEN): Of the 50 voters, every single one voted for Manning, and why wouldn't they? Manning set records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns while throwing just ten interceptions and leading the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

RB LeSean McCoy (PHI): The league rushing leader is generally deserving of an All-Pro selection. McCoy racked up 1,607 rushing yards on 5.1 per carry in Chip Kelly's innovative, run-heavy offense, adding 52 catches for 539 yards and 11 total touchdowns.

RB Jamaal Charles (KC): The best running back in most fantasy leagues, Charles racked up 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns as the best player on the league's sixth-ranked scoring offense.

FB Mike Tolbert (CAR): Tolbert played more snaps than any other fullback this season and graded out as Pro Football Focus' seventh-best blocker at the position while adding seven total touchdowns.

WR Calvin Johnson (DET): Widely considered the best at his position, injuries slowed Johnson down in 2013, but not enough to keep him from posting a phenomenal 84/1,492/12 line in just 14 games.

WR Josh Gordon (CLE): Perhaps the breakout player of the year, a two-game suspension couldn't keep Gordon from leading the league in receiving yards. Despite a carousel at the quarterback position, Gordon racked up 87 catches for 1,646 yards (a jaw-dropping 117.6 per game) and nine touchdowns.

TE Jimmy Graham (NO): One of the true freaks of the league has become arguably the biggest matchup nightmare in football. Graham tallied 86 catches, 1,215 yards, and a league-best 16 touchdowns this season.

OT Joe Thomas (CLE): The Browns' offense may consistently struggle, but not because of their left tackle. Thomas has been the NFL's premier pass blocker for years.

OT Jason Peters (PHI): The best tackle in 2011, Peters tore his Achilles in 2012, sidelining him for the season. He came back with a bang to man Nick Foles' blindside in 2013, stabilizing the most important position on one of the league's best offensive lines.

OG Louis Vasquez (DEN): Peyton Manning often makes his linemen look better than they actually are, but Vasquez is the real deal. He came over as a prized free agent and did not disappoint.

OG Evan Mathis (PHI): The best run blocker on the league's best run blocking line, Mathis is also arguably the best run blocker in the league.

C Ryan Kalil (CAR): Despite questions on the offensive line entering the season, the Panthers' blocked well this year. Kalil probably was not the best center in the game, but the selection may be a testament to the unit's overall success.

K Justin Tucker (BAL): The second-year kicker set franchise records for points scored (140) and field goals made (38). His made field goals also led the NFL. To top it off, he had an insane streak of 33 consecutive makes.

KR Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN): Patterson entered the year as a raw project at wide receiver, but he showed plenty of flashes of his potential in the return game. He led the league in yards per kick return (32.4), kick return touchdowns (2), and longest kick return (109). The 6'2'', 216-pound rookie is a pretty freakish talent.

Take a look at my breakdown of the first-team All-Pro defenders here.
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