CLEVELAND — Missing the playoffs with an 8-9 record, the Cleveland Browns fell short of expectations in 2021.
But Cleveland's disappointing season doesn't mean the Browns were short on talent.
That much was clear on Friday when the Associated Press announced its All-Pro teams. Altogether, three Browns players were honored, with defensive end Myles Garrett and left guard Joel Bitonio being named to the first-team and right guard Wyatt Teller being selected to the second-team.
For Garrett, this year marks his second consecutive first-team All-Pro selection, with the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft setting a single-season franchise record with 16 sacks. In addition to being named first-team All-Pro, the 26-year-old Garrett earned his third career Pro Bowl selection.
Meanwhile, this marks Bitonio's first first-team All-Pro selection after previously earning three second-team All-Pro honors from 2018-2020. Cleveland's longest-tenured player, Bitonio started in all 17 of the Browns' games this season, two of which he played left tackle as the team dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Teller's second-team All-Pro selection is his second in as many years. Starting in all 17 games, the Virginia Tech product graded as the NFL's fifth-best guard, according to Pro Football Focus.
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