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Patriots have 3 players on Pro Football Focus' All-Pro team

Ryan Hannable
January 02, 2019 - 10:08 am

The official NFL All-Pro team won't be unveiled for a few weeks, but Pro Football Focus released its team and it includes three members of the Patriots -- offensive lineman Shaq Mason, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and special teams player Albert McClellan.

Also, defensive end Trey Flowers got second-team All-Pro honors.

Here's what PFF said about each player.

Mason: "Mason, though, is one of the most dominant road-grading run blockers in the league today. What took his game to the next level this year was allowing a career-low 16 pressures."

Gilmore: "The Patriots’ man-heavy scheme has suited Gilmore to a ‘T’ in his two seasons there. He led the NFL with 18 pass breakups this year and only allowed catches on 46.7 percent of his targets."

McClellan: "McClellan was solid in coverage this season with six special teams tackles without a miss between the Ravens and Patriots this season. But it was his work as a blocker that really earned him the nod here."

As the No. 2 seed, the Patriots will get a first-round bye and host a divisional round game Jan. 13 at 1:05 p.m.

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