Sakamoto: 2015 PFWA All-NFL Team Includes 5 NFC West Players



The PFWA (Pro Football Writers Association) votes are officially in as members (including myself) voted for this year’s PFWA All-NFL team. And while no San Francisco 49ers made the cut, it was the Carolina Panthers who shined brightest as they represented a league-high four players.

And while the Panthers were well represented, there were familiar faces making the cut once again as nine players made the PFWA All-NFL team for the second consecutive season. Those players include:


Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Houston Texans J.J. Watt, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Carolina Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly, Baltimore Ravens G Marshal Yanda, Dallas Cowboys T Tyrone Smith, Cleveland Browns T Joe Thomas, Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller, and Philadelphia Eagles PR Darren Sproles.

So who else made this year’s cut? Find out below as this year’s 2015 PFWA All-NFL team include:

– repeat selection from 2014 
# – consecutive selections in 2013, 2014 and 2015

($) consecutive selections in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015



QB – Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
RB – Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings); Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Bucs)
WRAntonio Brown* (Pittsburgh Steelers); Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
TERob Gronkowski* (New England Patriots)
C – Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers)
GMarshal Yanda* (Baltimore Ravens); Zack Martin* (Dallas Cowboys)
TTyron Smith* (Dallas Cowboys); Joe Thomas* (Cleveland Browns)

Analysis: The same offensive line would have been in place had it not been for Kalil as he beats out C Travis Frederick (Dallas Cowboys).

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DEJ.J. Watt ($) (Houston Texans); Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders)
DT – Aaron Donald (St. Louis Rams); Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals)
OLB – Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders); Von Miller* (Denver Broncos)
MLBLuke Kuechly# (Carolina Panthers)
CB – Josh Norman (Carolina Panthers); Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals)
S Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals); Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs)

Special Teams
PK – Stephen Gostkowski (New England Patriots)
P – Johnny Hecker (St. Louis Rams)
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings)
PRDarren Sproles* (Philadelphia Eagles)
ST – Justin Bethel (Arizona Cardinals)

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