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Vikings' Patterson first-team, Peterson second-team All-Pro

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings rookies Updated: January 3, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The awards continue to pile up for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

He was announced as rookie Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday and made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist this morning. The latest: Patterson made the Associated Press All-Pro team as a kick returner.

Patterson was the only Vikings on the first team. Running back Adrian Peterson made second team behind first-teamers Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Peterson was a unanimous selection last year and earned MVP honors. He dealt with a foot and groin injuries for most of the season but still finished five in rushing yards (1,266).

There is no official "second team," but the second team is usually compiled by using the top vote-getters who don't make the first team.  Thus, the second team has no quarterback, because no other quarterback received votes.

Here is the All-Pro team:


FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver. Running backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City. Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina. Tight end: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans. Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland. Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia. Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia. Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina. Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore. Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota.
DEFENSE
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis. Tackles: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit. Outside linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay. Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco. Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona. Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City. Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: None. Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay. Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland. Tight end: Vernon Davis, San Francisco. Wide receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh. Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco. Guards--Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay. Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland. Placekicker: Matt Prater, Denver. Kick returner: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.
DEFENSE
Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina. Tackles: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco. Outside Linebackers--Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco. Inside linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona. Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee. Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants. Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami.

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Atlanta - WP: A. Harang 11 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 3
Houston - WP: J. Fields 7 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: D. Robertson 4
Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma 5 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: A. Burnett 2
Arizona - LP: C. Anderson 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 8
LA Angels - WP: J. Smith 4 FINAL
Boston - LP: K. Uehara 3
Detroit - WP: J. Johnson 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: G. Balfour 6
Texas - LP: N. Cotts 3 FINAL
Miami - WP: S. Dyson 4
San Francisco 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 2
Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman 5 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 1
Cleveland - WP: K. Crockett 7 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: B. Duensing 5
Toronto - LP: J. Happ 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Fiers 6
Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: P. Neshek 5
Kansas City - WP: J. Shields 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: T. Matzek 4
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 2 FINAL
Oakland - WP: S. Kazmir 6
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 6 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: K. Correia 8
Pittsburgh 8/21/14 6:30 PM
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Carolina 8/22/14 6:30 PM
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NY Giants 8/22/14 6:30 PM
NY Jets
Jacksonville 8/22/14 6:30 PM
Detroit
Oakland 8/22/14 7:00 PM
Green Bay
Chicago 8/22/14 9:00 PM
Seattle
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Montreal 8/22/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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