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Three Bills players make this ESPN writer's NFL All-Pro list


With the 2022-23 NFL regular season coming to an end, awards for the top players of the year will start to roll out sooner rather than later.

On Monday, ESPN's Bill Barnwell revealed his first and second team All-Pro selections and three Buffalo Bills made the list: LB Matt Milano (First Team), WR Stefon Diggs (Second Team) and S Jordan Poyer (Second Team).

Surprisingly, QB Josh Allen was left off the list with Patrick Mahomes (First Team) and Joe Burrow (Second Team) taking the two selections. Here's what Barnwell had to say about that decision.

"Josh Allen has been inconsistent, but we know what he is capable of producing in a big moment, and his Buffalo team is currently the top seed in the AFC. Burrow got off to a slow start this season, but he has been getting better as the season goes along. Mahomes should be the favorite, but Allen or Burrow could sway voters with a transcendent performance in prime time against top competition."

Matt Milano was a surprise omission from the NFL Pro Bowl rosters, but Barnwell gives Milano his praise with a First Team All-Pro vote.

"Milano is much more of a traditional linebacker, but his range and coverage abilities have helped keep the Bills afloat as they dealt with injuries throughout the secondary. Buffalo's defense has fallen apart when Milano has been on the sideline: The Bills have allowed a 37.3 QBR with Milano on the field, but across 62 dropbacks, opposing passers have posted a 61.1 QBR without Milano." — Barnwell

Diggs was put on the Second Team All-Pro for wide receivers, coming in behind Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill and AJ Brown. Other WRs on the second team include Ceedee Lamb and Davante Adams.

"I chose Brown because he's been more consistent than Adams and more dominant at his best than either Diggs or Lamb," Barnwell wrote.

To round out the secondary group, Poyer was voted to the Second Team All-Pro. Barnwell said Poyer likely would have made his First Team selection had he not missed four regular season games this season due to injury.

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