NY Jets Braxton Berrios rightfully named first-team All-Pro

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The NY Jets may not have had too much to celebrate in 2021, but at least one of their players, Braxton Berrios, was rightfully honored for his excellence this season.

The Associated Press revealed their picks for the NFL's All-Pro teams on Friday and Berrios was the leading vote recipient for all kick returners.

Berrios outpaced the likes of former Jet Andre Roberts, Kene Nwangwu, Isaiah McKenzie, Jakeem Grant, and Devin Duvernay who all received votes as well. But none were able to top Berrios who received 27 of 50 first-place votes.

Berrios also received two votes at punt returner but lost out to Duvernay. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was the only other Jets player to receive a vote, although his lone vote didn't earn him a spot on the first or second-team All-Pro list.

Braxton Berrios proved his worth to the NY Jets in 2021

Berrios finished the season averaging a league-leading 30.4 yards per kick return including a 102-yarder he returned for a touchdown back in Week 16. That 102-yard return was the longest by any player this season.

The 26-year-old also returned 15 punts for 201 yards on an average of 13.4 yards per return, among the league leaders there as well. But although he made the Pro Bowl as a returner, Berrios also proved that he can contribute on offense as well.

Berrios hauled in 46 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 setting new career-highs and establishing himself as an important part of the offense as the season went on.

A former sixth-round pick of the New England Patriots, Berrios was claimed off waivers by the Jets prior to the start of the 2019 season. He's developed into an invaluable member of the roster and someone the Jets will likely look to keep around.

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With Berrios set to be a free agent in the offseason, the Jets will have an interesting decision to make on his future. Fortunately for Berrios, he now has one additional bargaining chip to tout when it comes to getting a new contract.