It's been a good weekend for NFL accolades for the Buffalo Bills.
Just two days after winning the AFC East title, five Bills were named to the 2021 AFC Pro Bowl roster. Quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, wide receiver and return specialist Andre Roberts, cornerback Tre'Davious White and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds are your 2021 Bills Pro Bowlers.
For Allen and Diggs, it's their first time making it onto the Pro Bowl roster. It's the third-straight year Roberts has earned the honor, and the second-straight Pro Bowl appearance for White and Edmunds.
Each of the five have posted impressive numbers and have been crucial to this year's 11-3 season that's not over yet.
Allen produced 4,000 passing yards through his 14th game of the 2020 season, which is the second-most in team history in a single season. The quarterback also broke Hall of Famer Jim Kelly's team record for most total touchdowns, 34, in a season. Allen currently has 38 with two regular season games left.
Against the Broncos, Allen also recorded his seventh 300-yard passing game and seventh game posting a passer rating above 100 this season.
Diggs is having his best professional season in his first year with the Buffalo Bills. He has recorded his third-straight 1,000-yard season. The wide receiver has reached career highs in receptions, 111, and receiving yards, 1,314. Diggs broke the team's single-season reception record set by Eric Moulds in 2002. After his 11-reception performance against the Broncos, Diggs became the eighth player in NFL history with three consecutive games with at least 10 catches.
Roberts currently leads the NFL averaging the most yards per kick return with 29.4. He has 912 kick return yards, which is the second-highest in the league. Roberts also ranks fourth with 261 punt return yards. The 11-year veteran is viewed as another key leader by his teammates.
White currently leads the team with three interceptions and 11 passes defended. He has a career-high 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. White leads the NFL with 16 second half takeaways since 2017.
Edmunds has played in 13 games this season missing one with a shoulder injury, and even without being completely healthy this year, the captain of the defense has still put together a Pro Bowl season. The third-year player is second on the team with 105 total tackles and 69 solo tackles.
Even though there will be no Pro Bowl game due to COVID-19, McDermott is still proud of the five who made the list.
"I just have a great affinity for our guys, I see what they do and I see how they play every week," McDermott shared. "I think at the end of the day, some of it is a result of team success as well, quite honestly. All good recognition, all good to see. I know how our guys handle that stuff – they're so humble, they're team first guys."
The last time the Bills had at least five players make the Pro Bowl was in 2016 when they had seven. Former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was the last Bills quarterback to make the Pro Bowl in the 2015 season and former wide receiver Eric Moulds was the most recent Bills wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl in the 2002 season.