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Falcons’ Jessie Bates named to NFLPA All-Pro team

The Atlanta Falcons got off to a nice start to the 2023 season, but things quickly went south and head coach Arthur Smith was fired less than 24 hours after Sunday’s finale. 2023 wasn’t all bad, though.

The Falcons signed free-agent safety Jessie Bates, who helped lead a much-improved defense. Bates finished the season with 132 total tackles and a career-high six interceptions.

The NFLPA named Bates to its All-Pro team on Wednesday.

Bates was one of two Falcons players voted to the Pro Bowl in 2023. The 26-year-old is under contract for three more seasons and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Check out the rest of the NFLPA Players’ All-Pro team below, as shared by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

1). Chicago Bears (from Panthers)

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2). Washington Commanders 4-13

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3). New England Patriots 4-13

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4). Arizona Cardinals 4-13

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5). Los Angeles Chargers 5-12

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6). New York Giants 6-11

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7). Tennessee Titans 6-11

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8). Atlanta Falcons 7-10

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9). Chicago Bears 7-10

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10). New York Jets 7-10

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11). Minnesota Vikings 7-10

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12). Denver Broncos (8-9)

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13). Las Vegas Raiders 9-8

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14). New Orleans Saints 9-8

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15). Indianapolis Colts 9-8

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16). Seattle Seahawks 9-8

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17).Jacksonville Jaguars 9-8

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18). Cincinnati Bengals 9-8

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19). Green Bay Packers 9-8

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20). Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-8

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21). Arizona Cardinals (From Texans)

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22). Los Angeles Rams 10-7

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23). Pittsburgh Steelers 10-7

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24). Miami Dolphins 11-6

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25). Philadelphia Eagles 11-6

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26). Kansas City Chiefs 11-6

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27). Houston Texans (from Browns)

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28). Detroit Lions 12-5

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29). Buffalo Bills 11-6

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30). Dallas Cowboys 12-5

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31). San Francisco 49ers 12-5

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32). Baltimore Ravens 13-4

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Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire