Three Dolphins Named To PFF All-Pro Team

Posted Jan 7, 2016

Miami had more players on PFF’s all-pro first team than any other team in the AFC.

The Dolphins were well represented when Pro Football Focus revealed its 2015 All-Pro team.

Honored as first-team selections by PFF were Olivier Vernon as an edge rusher, Jarvis Landry as a punt returner and Michael Thomas as a special teams player.

The Dolphins had more players on PFF’s all-pro first team than any other team in the AFC. The only teams in the NFL to have more were the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings with four each.

The selections were based on the players who received the best grades during the regular season from the analytics and evaluation website.

Vernon was one of two edge rushers selected along with linebacker Khalid Mack of the Oakland Raiders. Vernon led the Dolphins with 7.5 sacks in 2015 and ranked third in the NFL with 36 quarterback hits.

Landry finished tied for seventh in the NFL in punt return average at 9.9 yards and his highlight was his game-winning 69-yard return for a touchdown in the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

Thomas, who led the Dolphins with 10 initial hits on special teams, earned the first-team nod for special-teamers ahead of Arizona’s Justin Bethel. The selection of Thomas was interesting, if only for the fact PFF selected teammate Walt Aikens, not Thomas, for one of its two spots alongside Bethel when it unveiled its Pro Bowl selections a few weeks ago.

This is what PFF wrote about the selection of Thomas: “It almost feels like heresy to say that Bethel isn’t first team, but that’s how good the Dolphins’ Thomas has been.”

Along with the first-team selections, Ndamukong Suh was tabbed for the second team at defensive tackle, and Landry (slot receiver) and Reshad Jones (strong safety) both were honorable mentions.
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