Even though he was a Pro-Bowl snub, Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard was named as a first team All-Pro early Friday afternoon. Byard had a stellar season that included eight interceptions, tying him for the most in the league with Darius Slay of the Detroit Lions. Kevin had 10 total takeaways with two recovered fumbles, making him the league leader in defensive takeaways. This should not come as much of a surprise, though, as he was twice named AFC defensive player of the week. Byard consistently brings swagger and confidence every time he touches the field and has helped turn the Titans defense completely around, especially in the turnover department.
#Titans had 21 total takeaways on the season, 12 total interceptions. That means @KB31_Era accounted for nearly 50% of team’s total takeaways and 67% of team’s interceptions #AllPro https://t.co/pmrD60px3V
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) January 3, 2018
Tennessee punter Brett Kern, who also had a stellar season, was named second team All-Pro. Kern consistently helped the Titans win the field position battle and regularly forced returners to run backwards to catch his punts.
Punter @brettkern6 Named Second Team All-Pro
Kern led all punters in the league in gross average (49.7) and in net average (44.6), while pinning 28 kicks inside the 20. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee calls Kern, “One of the most underrated punters of all time.” Kern was named to his first Pro-Bowl in December.