Monday, January 24, 2011
Three AFC West players are All-Pro
By Bill Williamson
Three AFC West players were named to The Associated Press’ All-Pro team.
They are Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles, Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Oakland punter Shane Lechler.
Asomugha and Lechler were not surprise first-team choices. They are perennially considered among the best at their position. Charles’ selection as a first-team All-Pro running back culminates his first season as a full-time player. After breaking out in the second half of the 2009 season, Charles was spectacular in 2010 as he shared carries with veteran Thomas Jones. Charles was second with 1,467 rushing yards. He led the NFL with a 6.4 per-carry average.
Several AFC West players made second-team All-Pro. They are: San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, Denver receiver Brandon Lloyd, Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe, Oakland safety Michael Huff and San Diego safety Eric Weddle. Huff and Weddle are among nine safeties who tied for the second team. Lloyd and Bowe were tied with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson for the second-team receivers.