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5 Bills make PFF All-AFC East team

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2012 – 11:15 am

Five Bills players have been named to the Pro Football Focus all-AFC East team.

PFF named Fred Jackson and Andy Levitre on the offensive side of the ball with Nick Barnett and safeties Jairus Byrd and George Wilson earning safety honors for the division. Here’s what they wrote about all of them.

Running Back: Fred Jackson, BUF
One of the best backs in the league, Jackson finally got his due for years of excellent display as the Bills caused some noise early in the season. A real shame his year ended prematurely, as his ability to elude tackles had him on course for a big season. Still, he finished second in our Elusive Rating for running backs.

Offensive Guards: Andy Levitre, BUF and Brian Waters, NE
What, no Logan Mankins? Well, the Patriots’ left guard may be as talented as any, but his performances this year have been largely average, being outshined by his aging teammate. Over in Buffalo, it was something of a travesty that Levitre had to play both center and tackle at times because of a spate of injuries. It disrupted the kind of year that was turning into something worthy of All-Pro consideration.

Linebackers: Jerod Mayo, NE, Karlos Dansby, MIA and Nick Barnett, BUF
Yes, the Jets are missing out here with Bart Scott not versatile enough and David Harris being too poor in run defense … yes, we said that and we’re sticking to it. Mayo has received some criticism in this, arguably his best year, where he seemed to excel in the Patriots new defense. While Nick Barnett hasn’t quite looked like the player he was in Green Bay, he’s still made plays, while Dansby was a key cog in the Dolphins second half of the season renaissance.

Safeties: Jairus Byrd, BUF and George Wilson, BUF
Byrd, our All-Pro Second Team Free Safety was always making this team as he put together his best season to date. He’s partnered by his Buffalo teammate Wilson, who never reached the levels of his breakout 2009, but did enough to hold off the challenge of … well, there wasn’t a serious challenge.

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