September 22, 2021

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Six Packers players named to All-Pro team

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Six Packers players named to All-Pro team

Bakhtiari and Gregg are the only Packers tackles in the last 60 years to receive first-team All-Pro honors. Bakhtiari also was voted to his third Pro Bowl last month after playing 758 offensive snaps over 12 starts this season. He was placed on injured reserve last week with a season-ending knee injury.

Adams, who received 49 first-place votes, is the first Packers receiver to get All-Pro recognition since Antonio Freeman in 1998. This past season, the four-time Pro Bowler shattered Sterling Sharpe’s single-season franchise record for receptions (115) and tied Sharpe for the team’s single-season TD receptions with 18 despite playing in only 14 games.

Adams, who had a team-high 1,374 receiving yards in 2020, is the first player in NFL history to register 100-plus receptions and 18-plus receiving TDs in a season. He led the NFL in receiving TDs, receiving yards per game (98.1) and receptions per game (8.2), becoming the first NFL player to lead the league in all three categories since Sharpe in 1992.

Linsley also made his debut on the All-Pro first team. His 18 first-place votes were 10 more than second-team center Ryan Kelly, of Indianapolis. The seventh-year pro started all 13 games he appeared in at center and helped the Packers tie for second in the NFL in sacks allowed (21), the fourth fewest by the Packers in a 16-game season. He was a valuable member of a line that allowed one sack or zero sacks in a league-best 13 games, tied for the most in team history (2004), including four zero-sack games, the most by Green Bay since 2008 (four).

“That is such a well-deserved award for him,” LaFleur said. “He’s meant so much to our football team both on the field, that stuff’s obvious, but in the locker room and just what a great leader he is, well-respected. I can’t say enough about his approach, his work ethic and he’s made himself into an All-Pro player and just really happy for him. Getting him back obviously that’s a big boost for us.”

Smith started all 16 contests and tied for fourth in the NFL with 12½ sacks and third with a career-best four forced fumbles (most by a Packers defender since LB Julius Peppers posted four in 2014).

The two-time Pro Bowler also led Green Bay and ranked in the top 10 among NFL linebackers in QB hits (23, second) and tackles for a loss (12, tied for sixth).

Alexander is the first Packers defensive back to receive All-Pro recognition since Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The third-year cornerback started all 15 games he appeared in and led the team with 13 passes defensed. He also earned his first Pro Bowl nod this season after registering 49 tackles (39 solo), a sack, an interception and forced fumble.

“Just to see all his hard work come to fruition on the field, I’m so happy for him,” nickel cornerback Chandon Sullivan said. “I feel like he should’ve been first team but that’s another discussion. He just raises the level in our room. We see how well he’s playing and it challenges us because teams might stay away from Ja’ so that means me and Kev (King) or whoever else might get tried more. So it just keeps us on our toes.”

Left guard Elgton Jenkins, safety Adrian Amos and kicker Mason Crosby also received All-Pro votes.