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Bills CB Taron Johnson earns AP All-Pro honors | 2023


Bills slot cornerback Taron Johnson has been named to the Associated Press All-Pro Second Team, marking both the first time Johnson has made an All-Pro team and the first time that a slot corner position has been added to the roster.

"It's definitely a good form of validation, but I try not to take that form of validation from people. I try to give it to myself based off of how I work and what I show on the field," Johnson said.

With a Pro Football Focus grade of 80.4, Johnson is the sixth-highest graded cornerback and has the most tackles of any cornerback in the league with 98. Johnson added three forced fumbles in the regular season, second to only Trent McDuffie's five among cornerbacks.

In his sixth season as a pro, McDermott is continuing to serve as a force of stability in the Bills' secondary.

"He's one of our most consistent players," said head coach Sean McDermott. "He's got that 'I may be not as gifted with my measurables' with his height and size, but you talk about the size of a guy's heart and he plays that way, every play, every game he's out there."

In addition to his on field production, McDermott said that Johnson's leadership in the locker room has been vital to the Bills' success this season.

"I mentioned the other week about Khalil [Shakir] having the respect and admiration of that locker room, Taron Johnson is another one. And I think that's a great quality as a player and a teammate," McDermott said.

Johnson has covered some of the best pass catchers in football this season, preventing big plays from big-time players. In the Bills' 14-9 win over the New York Giants in Week 6, Johnson batted down a pass in the end zone intended for tight end Darren Waller to secure the win for the Bills. Against the Cowboys in Week 15, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who Johnson covered for much of the game, had just seven receptions for 53 yards, one of his lowest productions of the season.

Earlier in the season, after Johnson was not named to the Pro Bowl despite being one of the best defensive backs in football, he spoke on the overall under-appreciation for slot corners in the NFL.

"I think about it here and there," Johnson said when asked about not being named to a Pro Bowl. "It'd be cool to have more recognition for slot corners in general."

Johnson will hope to continue his successful season when the Bills take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs Sunday at 1 p.m.

Scroll to see photos from the Buffalo Bills Super Wild Card practice as the team prepares to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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