Bengals’ Jessie Bates named 2nd-team All-Pro

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Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates will have to settle for second-team All-Pro honors this year after an elite breakout season.

The Associated Press announced the voting results for All-Pro teams on Friday and Bates was snubbed from the first team in favor of Tyrann Mathieu, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Budda Baker.

It’s a major snub for Bates, who was the highest-graded safety in the NFL at Pro Football Focus at 90.1. He amassed 109 total tackles with 15 passes defensed, only allowing a 54.3 completion percentage. Mathieu, for comparison’s sake, graded at 64.1 with 62 total tackles, nine passes defensed and a 62.7 completion percentage allowed.

Bates will have to wait another year for a shot at a first-team snub and was also a Pro Bowl snub.

The full breakdown of safety voting by the 50 media members:

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Buffalo
+150+3.5O 54.5
Kansas City
-176-3.5U 54.5