How far has the New York Giants’ roster come in just one year? Their 11-5 record is one measure — after all, it was Bill Parcells who said “You are what your record says you are.”
But All-Pro players is another measure, and by that measurement, the Giants have improved by leaps and bounds.
Following the 2015 season, Odell Beckham Jr. was the only Giant to receive All-Pro honors, and he was second-team.
The 2016 All-Pro team features six Giants between the first and second teams.
Leading the way are Landon Collins, who we have been calling a candidate for defensive player of the year, and Damon Harrison, arguably the biggest (both literally and metaphorically) Pro-Bowl snub.
He responded to that snub with this tweet :
Thanks for the love guys lol but all it means is that I haven't earned the respect of my peers and opposing coaches. No worries, be afraid..— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) December 21, 2016
While he hopefully still puts fear into the hearts of offenses, it seems he has certainly earned the respect of the writers and broadcasters who vote on the AP All-Pro team.
Fellow defenders Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, and Olivier Vernon were second team All-Pro, as was Odell Beckham Jr., who was the only offensive player.
Complete All-Pro team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
Flex: David Johnson, Arizona
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Julio Jones, Atlanta
Left Tackle: Tyron Smith, Dallas
Rigth Tackle: Jack Conklin, Tennessee
Left Guard: Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas
Center: Travis Frederick, Dallas
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Edge Rushers: Khalil Mack, Oakland; Vic Beasley Jr., Atlanta
Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles; Damon Harrison, New York Giants
Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Sean Lee, Dallas
Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, Denver; Marcus Peters, Kansas City
Safeties: Landon Collins, New York Giants; Eric Berry, Kansas City
Defensive Back: Chris Harris Jr., Denver
Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles
Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Punt Returner: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England
Running Back: David Johnson, Arizona
Flex: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
Tight End: Greg Olsen, Carolina
Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay
Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, and Marcus Cannon, New England
Left Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta
Edge Rushers: Jadeveon Clowney, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami, Olivier Vernon, New York Giants, and Brandon Graham, Philadelphia
Interior Linemen: Ndamukong Suh, Miami; Calais Campbell, Arizona, and Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
Linebackers: Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay, C.J. Mosley, Baltimore, Zach Brown, Buffalo, Zachary Orr, Baltimore, Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles, Dont'a Hightower, New England, Whitney Mercilus, Houston, and Bernardick McKinney, Houston
Cornerbacks: Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants; Casey Hayward, San Diego, and Malcolm Butler, New England
Safeties: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay; Devin McCourty, New England.
Defensive Back: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants
Punter: Marquette King, Oakland
Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Punt Returner: None.
Special Teamer: Nate Ebner, New England