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Dolphins DB Xavien Howard lone state player on AP All-Pro Teams

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Now that the regular season is concluded, the NFL will begin to roll out accolades for its players. Part of that was the Friday announcement of the “Associated Press All-Pro teams” for 2018, and the lone representative for any of the three state NFL teams is Xavien Howard of the Dolphins.

Howard, a third-year defensive back , was named to the second team in recognition of the top players at each position. Unlike the Pro Bowl, which Howard was also named to back in December, they’re only two defensive backs on the first and the second units. So, it’s even a bigger compliment.

Howard missed the final three Dolphins games with a knee injury, but at that time he was injured he was second in the NFL with seven interceptions and having his best season as a pro.

One interesting omission in the defensive backfield is Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey, who was a first-team All-Pro last year and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team last month, also. However, he did not make the list of defensive backs that was rounded out by Kyle Fuller of Chicago, Stephon Gilmore of New England and Byron Jones of Dallas.

LA Rams outstanding defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who led the NFL in sacks, was a unanimous first-team All-Pro selection. Also, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans was named on over 80% of the ballots to make first-team.

Also, making the first team list was L.A. Chargers rookie safety, Derwin James, from Florida State. As we wrote previously, there has been some consternation, about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in specific, having passed on James in last April’s draft and allowing him to slide to L.A.

Speaking of the Bucs, probably their strongest argument for an All-Pro player is wide receiver Mike Evans. However, just like he was snubbed for the Pro Bowl as a starter, he was left off the receiving All-Pro list behind Hopkins, Michael Thomas of the Saints, Julio Jones of the Falcons and Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs.

Evans broke the 29-year old Buccaneers single season receiving record with 1,524 yards this year. And that was good enough for third on the NFL’s list behind Jones and Hopkins. But, that number is in front of Hill and Thomas’s receiving yards.

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