The AP NFL All-Pro teams for the 2022 season were announced this morning, and the New York Jets had three players receive honors.
Both defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and cornerback Sauce Gardner finished as First-Team All-Pros. Linebacker C.J. Mosley finished as a Second Team All-Pro. All three defensive players for the Jets, who are Pro Bowlers already, are more than deserving of All-Pro recognition.
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Reviewing the special years had by the New York Jets three All-Pros:
Starting with Williams, one dominant breakout year that was needed from him in 2022 came to fruition.
He concluded his fourth year with 12 sacks and tackles for loss, 31 pressures, and 28 quarterback hits. Williams tallied at least half a sack in 11 of the 16 games he played.
The Jets’ former third overall draft pick in 2019 just turned 25 and is entering his prime, poised to get the biggest contract in the history of the Jets franchise this offseason.
What Gardner came in and was able to do right away for the Jets is nothing short of special.
As a rookie, he led the NFL in passes defended with 20. Gardner broke up a pass in 12 out of 17 games, highlighted by a game with four pass breakups and two with three. On top of all that, Gardner recorded two interceptions.
Gardner has everything one could ask for in an elite-level difference-maker. The height, length, speed, quickness, ball skills, and, more importantly than anything, the love for the game and competitiveness Gardner plays with give him the chance to be special, leading the Jets for a long time.
Mosley gave the Jets a terrific season in 2022, by far his best yet with the team.
He played in all 17 games (98% of the defensive snaps) and totaled 158 tackles which were the ninth-most in the NFL. In eight games, Mosley tallied double-digit tackles. Mosley recorded five tackles for loss on the year. Also, Mosley had seven passes defended which tied the second-best for a single season over his career.
His intangibles and intelligence make him a perfect fit for the middle of the defense, where Mosley will once again be leading the Jets’ dominant unit next year.