Bucs fans will have to wait awhile until the NFL’s official All-Pro team is announced, but until then Pro Football Focus is creating its’ own. The analytics and player grading site recently dropped their 2021 Third Quarter All-Pro team. Two Bucs made the first team, and another was a second team inclusion. Quarterback Tom Brady and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. topped their position groups, while cornerback Jamel Dean earned second team recognition.

Brady is currently PFF’s highest-graded quarterback, throwing for 34 touchdowns and 3,771 yards. The future Hall of Famer leads the NFL in both categories, despite playing in his age 44 season. Brady’s numbers would be even better if not for some incredibly bad interception luck this season. The Bucs signal caller has tossed 10 interceptions this season, but over half were not his fault. Still, Brady remains the frontrunner for league MVP.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins received second team honors from PFF.

As for Winfield, his breakout season has gone exactly as hoped for Tampa Bay. The Bucs desperately needed a playmaker at safety, and Winfield has provided that spark. The second-year safety has 63 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 10 games. Winfield has also forced two fumbles and recovered a pair as well. A questionable penalty on Will Gholston negated another Winfield interception.

Winfield was joined on the PFF All-Pro First Team by Titans’ safety Kevin Byard. Rounding out the second team was the Patriots’ Adrian Phillips and the Bills’ Micah Hyde.

Bucs CB Jamel Dean

Bucs CB Jamel Dean – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Dean’s breakout has been the most surprising. There were flashes with Dean during his first two seasons, but consistency has been elusive. That hasn’t been the case in 2021, where Dean has critically elevated his play when the team needed it most. The Auburn product has eight pass breakups and two interceptions this season. Dean has carried a top-tier grade from PFF all season long.

First team cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Terrell topped the list. Browns’ cornerback Denzel Ward joined Dean on the second team.

How can one make an All-Pro team without a single member of the Bucs offensive line? That part is tough to explain. I can understand the absence of Bucs players at almost every other position group, but the lack of love for the Tampa OL is startling.

An announcement on the Associated Press All-Pro team will likely occur at the end of the regular season. The Bucs hope to have more inclusions than last year, when not a single player made the lineup.

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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Wausa
Wausa
5 months ago

Jon:
Do you still think Leonard Fournette should not be given snaps in the Bucs offense?
Also, are you making a large wager with your sponsor that the Bills are going to straight up beat the Bucs?

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

I was gonna ask the same thing about our Oline. How could you not want our entire line in front of your QB right now? I know probably about 30 teams that would trade their children to have our Oline. I know they could probably Run Block a little better, but barely anyone runs anymore. You want an Oline that can keep a 44 year old GOAT QB clean 99% of the time? We got it. Who’s doin light years better? At all 5 positions? Please…

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

Hard to argue with facts and bottom line performance. Maybe they don’t get enough credit due to our running game ranking only 25th in the league … but that’s mainly because TB-12 passes more than most quarterbacks do.

Dman
Dman
5 months ago

Congrats to these Bucs! How is Wirfs not on this team, or Marpet, or Jensen. Also would have expected Vita. I guess as long as we know and we win, that’s really all that matters.