The NY Jets didn’t have any players named All-Pro this year, but two received votes.
The NY Jets didn’t have the most successful 2020 season. A poor roster and inept coaching staff led the way for a disappointing 2-14 record that had them finish among the worst teams in the NFL.
But despite their overall incompetence, the team did have a few notable standouts.
The Jets didn’t have a single player make the Pro Bowl this year and the same was ultimately true when the Associated Press revealed their results for All-Pro voting on Friday.
No Jets players made either the first or second-team All-Pro while only two Jets received votes. Those two players were safety Marcus Maye and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Maye missed out on receiving All-Pro recognition in a tightly-contested battle at the safety position. The likes of Tyrann Mathieu, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Budda Baker were named first-team All-Pro while ex-Jets safety Jamal Adams and Jessie Bates earned second-team honors.
The inclusion of Adams comes as the biggest surprise as despite receiving 14 All-Pro votes, he finished as Pro Football Focus‘ 45th-ranked safety. His record-setting 9.5 sacks in only 12 games certainly helped, but he struggled mightily in coverage in 2020.
Maye, on the other hand, was PFF’s fourth-highest graded safety scoring an elite coverage grade of 85.8 that ranked third at his position. Meanwhile, Adams’ 53.1 coverage grade ranked 75th out of only 91 qualifiers.
It’s safe to say that the voting committee probably got this one wrong.
Maye finished with four votes which trailed Bates by four votes for the final spot. Others such as Justin Simmons and Adrian Amos also finished ahead of Maye but didn’t make either team.
NY Jets’ defensive lineman Quinnen Williams also received an All-Pro vote
As for Williams, he received one lone vote at the interior defensive lineman position. Williams was arguably the Jets’ best player this season, but the competition at his position remained fierce.
Aaron Donald received a unanimous 50 votes, DeForest Buckner received 25 votes, Chris Jones had 10 votes, and Cameron Heyward finished with eight votes. Williams was fantastic in 2020, but it’s hard to argue that any of those guys didn’t deserve the honor.
Others such as Grady Jarrett and former Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams topped Quinnen Williams in votes as well.
Aside from Adams, two former Jets received All-Pro honors including linebacker Demario Davis and kick returner Andre Roberts. Others such as Jason Myers and Nick Bellore received votes.
Some may wonder about Mekhi Becton not receiving any votes, but when you factor in that not even superstar rookie Tristan Wirfs received enough votes to be named All-Pro, it’s clear that the voting didn’t exactly favor rookies.
Perhaps next year the Jets will earn some national recognition. But as for this season, they were ultimately shut out from the All-Pro teams.