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Creed Humphrey Earns PFF First Team All-Pro Honors

Chiefs
11 Jan 2022, 16:11 GMT+10

Humphrey was the best center in the NFL this season according to PFF’s metrics Matt McMullen

It's been nothing short of an outstanding rookie campaign for Kansas City Chiefs' center Creed Humphrey, and it's earned some recognition from the folks at Pro Football Focus.

Humphrey was named a First Team All-Pro by PFF on Monday, making him the only offensive rookie to earn First Team honors. That recognition follows a season in which the former second-round pick led all centers in PFF grade. The Oklahoma product also impressed when compared to other offensive linemen across the NFL regardless of position. In fact, Humphrey earned the fifth-highest PFF grade among all offensive linemen this season, trailing only San Francisco 49ers' tackle Trent Williams, Dallas Cowboys' guard Zack Martin, Cleveland Browns' guard Joel Bitonio and Cowboys' tackle Tyron Smith.

Here's what PFF's Sam Monson wrote about Humphrey's inclusion on the All-Pro team:

"The Chiefs drafted Humphrey with the 63rd overall pick in 2021, and now he's in rare company as a rookie first-team All-Pro. He allowed just 12 pressures all season and earned by far the best PFF run-blocking grade (92.5) of any center, never mind rookies. Humphrey possesses excellent quickness in his footwork and movement and has a nasty streak as a run-blocker with a tendency to finish hard and mix it up with defenders. Kansas City's center spot has been solid the past few seasons, but the team got a huge upgrade in the middle of the draft this year."

Elsewhere, defensive lineman Chris Jones earned Second Team honors after racking up 65 total pressures this season, which ranked third among all interior players. Jones finished the campaign with a team-leading nine sacks and 17 quarterback hits.

Both Jones and Humphrey have been impressive all year long, and with a tremendous regular season now in the books, they'll look to keep it going this Sunday as the Chiefs take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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