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Friday, January 3, 2014
Three Patriots earn 2nd-team All-Pro

By Mike Reiss

No New England Patriots players were selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team, but three earned second-team recognition -- left guard Logan Mankins, safety Devin McCourty and cornerback Aqib Talib.

Quarterback Tom Brady might have seemed like a natural pick, but no second-team quarterback was selected. Denver's Peyton Manning was the first-team quarterback as the lone unanimous All-Pro selection.

The annual All-Pro team is considered by many to be a greater recognition than a Pro Bowl berth, because fewer players are selected. The voting is conducted by 50 writers and broadcasters covering the NFL from across the country.

At guard, Mankins was one of three second-team picks, behind Philadelphia's Evan Mathis and Denver's Louis Vasquez .

At safety, Seattle's Earl Thomas and Kansas City's Eric Berry were first-teamers, while McCourty was one of six second-teamers.

“You can’t beat that, to be recognized [as a second team All-Pro team selection],” McCourty said in the locker room Friday. “More hard work has to be done for this season, and we will try to put that in now.”

At cornerback, Talib was one of three second-team selections, edged out by first-teamers Richard Sherman of Seattle and Patrick Peterson of Arizona.

“It’s an honor, I guess,” Talib said. “I really didn’t even know about it. Just like that Pro Bowl, man, I’ll find a way to celebrate that after we finish our business. Simple as that.”