NEW YORK — Khalil Mack has become the first selection at two positions in the same year, while Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt are unanimous choices for the 2015 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team.
Mack was a force at both defensive end and outside linebacker for Oakland this season. He drew enough support Friday from a panel of 50 media members who cover the league to make history. Others, including Houston’s Watt last year, have been chosen first team at one position and second at another.
Carolina, with an NFL-best 15-1 record, had the most All-Pros with six: quarterback Cam Newton, fullback Mike Tolbert, center Ryan Kalil, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis and cornerback Josh Norman.
Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu, the former LSU star who’s sidelined with a knee injury, made the first team. So, too, did Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson and Cincinnati tackle Andrew Whitworth, two other ex-LSU players.
Lynch listed as questionable: In Renton, Washington, Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable for Seattle’s wild-card game at Minnesota, although all indications are that Lynch will play.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll engaged in a bit of gamesmanship following the final practice of the week Friday, saying that the team still needed to see how Lynch responded Saturday before making a final decision.
The New York Giants interviewed Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the fourth person considered for Tom Coughlin’s former job. The 37-year-old Gase worked the past season with the Bears. Gase began his coaching career with a three-year stint under Nick Saban at LSU. ... Doug Marrone became the third former NFL head coach to interview with Miami. ... the Browns interviewed Dallas defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson. ... Tampa Bay will interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin for its coaching position.
The Associated Press 2015 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members:
Quarterback — Cam Newton, Carolina
Running backs — Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
Fullback — Mike Tolbert, Carolina
Tight end — Rob Gronkowski, New England
Wide receivers — Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Julio Jones, Atlanta
Tackles — Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
Guards — Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center — Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Placekicker — Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Kick returner — Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Ends — J.J. Watt, Houston; Khalil Mack, Oakland
Tackles — Aaron Donald, St. Louis; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
Outside linebackers — Von Miller, Denver; Khalil Mack, Oakland, and Thomas Davis, Carolina
Inside linebacker — Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerbacks — Josh Norman, Carolina; Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Safeties — Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona; Eric Berry, Kansas City
Punter — Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Quarterback — Carson Palmer, Arizona
Running backs — Todd Gurley, St. Louis; Devonta Freeman, Atlanta
Fullback — Pat DiMarco, Atlanta
Tight end — Greg Olsen, Carolina
Wide receivers — Brandon Marshall, New York Jets; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston, and Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Tackles — Tyron Smith, Dallas; Trent Williams, Washington
Guards — Josh Sitton, Green Bay; Mike Iupati, Arizona, and Zach Martin, Dallas
Center — Travis Frederick, Dallas
Placekicker — Dan Bailey, Dallas
Kick returner — Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Ends — Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets; Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit
Tackles — Kawann Short, Carolina; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia
Outside linebacker — Jamie Collins, New England
Inside linebackers — Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
Cornerbacks — Richard Sherman, Seattle; Chris Harris Jr., Denver, and Marcus Peters, Kansas City
Safeties — Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati; Charles Woodson, Oakland
Punter—Sam Koch, Baltimore