The Buffalo Bills finished in the Top 10 of the NFL's defensive rankings for the first time in a decade, and as a result, two key figures on that side of the ball were named to the NFL All-Pro team on the second team.
Mario Williams finished fourth in the NFL with 13 sacks, trailing only Robert Mathis (19.5), Robert Quinn (19.0) and Greg Hardy (15.0) at his position. Hardy joined Williams on the second team, while Quinn and J.J. Watt were the first-team ends. Mathis made the first team as an outside linebacker.
Jairus Byrd also made the second team, piling up 48 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack in 11 games played this season following a prolonged contract dispute with the team over the summer. Earl Thomas and Eric Berry were the first-team safeties, with Byrd joining Eric Weddle, Kam Chancellor, T.J. Ward, Devin McCourty and Antrel Rolle on the second team. It's the second straight year that Byrd has been a second-team All-Pro, a fact that he and his agent, Eugene Parker, will undoubtedly take into a new round of negotiations with the Bills this spring.
You can take a peek at the full All-Pro team right here, via NFL.com.