Buffalo Bills Rightfully Have Two Players Named To All-Pro Team

By Ryan Womeldorf
Mario Williams
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It was a turbulent season for the Buffalo Bills.

Going 6-10 — another losing season in long line of them — seeing their rookie quarterback struggle both on the field and with injuries, and their star running back have a huge letdown of a season are all tough to swallow.

But a few good things did come out of this season.

Namely, the Bills had a pair of players make The Associated Press’ annual All-Pro team. Announced Friday, defensive end Mario Williams and safety Jairus Byrd were both named to the All-Pro second team. This comes on the heels of the duo being selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl last month.

It was a tough group at defensive end this season as Williams was edged out by J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn for first-team honors. Williams, the Bills’ free-agent signee last offseason, finished with 13 sacks. That total was good enough for fourth in the NFL behind Robert Mathis (19.5), Quinn (19) and Greg Hardy (15).

Byrd, meanwhile, was among six safeties named as second-team behind Earl Thomas and Eric Berry. Byrd had an all-around outstanding season with 48 tackles, four interceptions, six passes defended and a sack. He’s currently at a contract crossroads with the team, but while he’s waiting to find out whether or not he’ll be a Bill for the long-term he can look back on another strong season.

The only Bills Pro Bowler who was not selected to the All-Pro team was defensive tackle Kyle Williams who finished with a career-best 10.5 sacks.

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