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MVP Frontrunners Lamar Jackson & Christian McCaffrey Headline NFLPA’s All Pro List

Published 01/10/2024, 1:20 PM EST

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With the conclusion of Week 18, the NFL 2023 All-Pro team is out. Two positions are certainly unquestionable and are occupied by quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Christian McCaffrey. Leading their respective conferences, they aren’t the only inductees from their teams either.

The Associated Press is liable for the publishing of the yearly team, voted by 50 media members which assembles the best players from every position in the league. Who are the other inclusions in the list alongside the MVP contenders?

Lamar Jackson and Christian McCaffrey make 2023 All-Pro

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Ravens‘ Lamar Jackson won the QB department almost without a rival with 47 out of 50 votes. The 49ers‘ Christian McCaffrey dominated the RB department as well with nearly no contest. And they aren’t the only members from their conference-leading sides either.

 

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OT Ronnie Stanley, CB Marlon Humphrey, CB Marcus Peters, and Kicker Justin Tucker were the other first-team inclusions for the Ravens. The 49ers have Tackle Trent Williams, FB Kyle Juszczyk, and LB Fred Warner other than McCaffrey to make the first team.

But Chiefs’ Travis Kelce‘s inclusion on the list is an interesting one. Especially given the TE is having arguably the least productive season of his career, and there are multiple TEs in the league with better numbers than Kelce, such as the Lions rookie Sam LaPorta. The decision to include him is sure to create some noise over time.

How did Travis Kelce get the nod but Sam LaPorta didn’t?

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LaPorta has scored 9 touchdowns in his rookie season already, breaking the previous franchise record of 8 TDs by a TE by Jim Gibbons, which stood for 59 yards. Additionally, he has also received 82 catches in the regular season itself, breaking Keith Jackson’s 35-year-old rookie record.

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In comparison, Kelce stands 29th in the league for total receiving yards (984 yards) and 16th in terms of touchdowns (5). Both are among his worst since he started with the Chiefs in 2014, and doesn’t justify the player who won the Super Bowl last time being the league’s 3rd best receiver and the best TE.

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However, according to AP, it justifies Kelce’s first-team All-Pro inclusion over LaPorta who helped the Lions win their maiden NFC North. Expect strong disapproval from the fans and an equally strong lashback from the Chiefs’ community and Swifties in the upcoming weeks!

Watch This Story: Rookie Sam LaPorta Breaks 59-Year-Old Lions’ Record to Score Most TDs as a Tight End

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