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Cordarrelle Patterson, Peterson represent Vikings on AP All-Pro teams

Cordarrelle Patterson, Peterson represent Vikings on AP All-Pro teams

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings fall from grace after a 2012 playoff appearance showed itself in this year's Pro Bowl voting as well as the Associated Press' All-Pro first and second teams, which were released Friday. 

Adrian Peterson was selected as a second-team running back along with Green Bay Packers rookie Eddie Lacy, while rookie Cordarrelle Patterson took the honors of first-team kick returner. The Vikings had four members in the 2012 team, including Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, kicker Blair Walsh and linebacker Chad Greenway

Patterson is the only rookie selected to the All-Pro first team. 

Fifty AP sportswriters vote annually to determine the All-Pro teams, which help give clout to players' Hall of Fame resumes. 

Peterson finished fifth in the NFL with 1,266 rushing yards despite playing in just 14 games. Peterson's 90.4 yards per game is second in the NFL, trailing only rushing leader and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

Patterson was recently plugged into the Pro Bowl roster as a return specialist and was also named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month in December. The rookie led the NFL in total kickoff return yardage, average yards per return and return touchdowns. 

The offense:

Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver. No second team quarterback.

Running backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

Second team: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina. Second team: Marcel Reese, Oakland.

Tight End: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans. Second team: Vernon Davis, San Francisco.

Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland.

Second team: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh.

Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia.

Second team: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia.

Second team: Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay.

Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina. Second team: Alex Mack, Cleveland.

The defense: 

Defensive end: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis.

Second team: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina.

Defensive tackle: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.

Second team: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee and Justin Smith, San Francisco.

Outside linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay.

Second team: Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco.

Inside linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Second team: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona.

Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona.

Second team: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee.

Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City.

Second team: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants.

Special teams 

Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis. Second team: Brandon Fields, Miami.

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore. Second team: Matt Prater, Denver.

Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota. Second team: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.

Any snubs? State your case in the comments section. 


Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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