On Friday, the All-Pro teams for the 2023 season were announced and slot cornerback Taron Johnson was named second-team All-Pro. This was the Buffalo Bills cornerback's first All-Pro or even Pro Bowl nomination for his career.
While the slot corner is often viewed as a situational role, within the Buffalo Bills defense he is essentially a starter. Their primary formation is nickel and they are not as good as they are without a strong slot corner like Johnson.
The former fourth round pick has had a career season with 98 total tackles, one sack, eight passes defended and three forced fumbles. He seemingly never left the field either as he played over 950 snaps which was 89% of the Bills' defensive snaps this season
Buffalo Bills once again overlooked for season awards
While Taron Johnson deserved the recognition, there were a number of other players that deserved All-Pro honors but surprisingly were left out. Josh Allen led the league in total touchdowns with 46, including 15 rushing touchdowns which was the second highest total in the entire NFL, including running backs.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ed Oliver has been one of the best defensive tackles in the league and been almost unblockable. However, the biggest oversight continues to be Terrel Bernard who should have made the list over New York Jets' linebacker Quincey Williams.
Williams was a first-team All-Pro however Bernard had four more tackles, 4.5 more sacks, two more interceptions and two more fumble recoveries. The only stat that Williams was better was in tackles for a loss, with five more, and passes defended, with only five more in that category as well.
This is a similar trend from the Pro Bowl selections, where the Bills had only two players make the all-star game, but once again players like Josh Allen and Terrel Bernard were overlooked.