LIONS INSIDER

Slay, Agnew earn first-team All-Pro honors

Posted Jan 5, 2018

Darius Slay and Jamal Agnew were both named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press Friday.

The awards keep coming in for Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay.

Fresh off the first Pro Bowl invite of his career, Slay was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press Friday.

He’s not the only Lion awarded All-Pro, either. Rookie punt returner Jamal Agnew was also named to the All-Pro first team.

Slay led the NFL with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended this season. Quarterbacks had just a 55.6 passer rating when throwing Slay’s way, despite the fact he was the third most targeted cornerback in the NFL this season.

Slay was named to the first team as a defensive back and not as a cornerback. Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes were the two representatives as cornerbacks.

Agnew was one of just two rookies to make the team – the other being special teamer Budda Baker from Arizona.

Agnew led the NFL this season in punt return yards (447), punt return average (15.4) and punt return touchdowns (2). He had six returns of 20-plus yards this season. He’s the first alternate in the NFC to the Pro Bowl to Los Angeles Rams returner Pharoh Cooper, who also earned first-team All-Pro honors as a kickoff return man.

These are the first All-Pro honors for the Lions since defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was named to the team in 2014.