Welker gets first-team All-Pro nod
Wes Welker’s performance prior to a devastating knee injury in the Patriots’ regular-season finale continues to earn him praise. Yesterday, Welker was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
Patriots guard Logan Mankins was named to the All-Pro second team.
The honors follow Pro Bowl selections for Welker and Mankins, which were announced earlier this month.
Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions, surpassing the team record of 112 he set in 2007. He amassed 1,348 receiving yards, also a career high. Welker and Randy Moss (1,264 yards) became the first Patriots to have three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and the sixth tandem in league history to do so.
“I am flattered,’’ Welker said in a statement. “It is a credit to my teammates and to everyone involved. To be able to get an award like this is very humbling and I am honored.’’
Mankins, a first-round pick in 2005 out of Fresno State, was part of an offensive line that allowed 18 sacks, the fewest for a 16-game schedule in team history. Mankins also extended his playing streak to 80 consecutive games, not missing one in his career.
AP Offensive Player of the Year Chris Johnson of the Titans was a unanimous All-Pro choice, receiving all 50 votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters. 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis received 49 votes, while cornerbacks Darrelle Revis of the Jets and Charles Woodson of the Packers each got 48.