Richie Incognito may have been a Pro Bowl snub, but some accolades have started to pour in for the Buffalo Bills' left guard.
Incognito on Wednesday was named to Pro Football Focus' All-Pro first team at left guard. Incognito was the only Bills' representative chosen by PFF, which picked a first and second team, along with an honorable mention list.
"A year away from the game proved ideal (in anything but ideal circumstances), as Incognito came back and played better than we’d ever seen from him before," wrote PFF's Khaled Elsayed in explaining Incognito's selection to the team.
Incognito finished the season with a 35.1 overall grade by PFF, which was first among left guards (second only to Baltimore's Marshall Yanda among all guards). He had just two games where he graded below minus -1.0 – Week 10 at New York and Week 14 at Philadelphia. His best game, according to PFF, came in Week 12 against Kansas City, when he had a 5.1 grade.
Incognito’s run-blocking grade of 24.6 finished second among left guards, while his pass-blocking efficiency of 97.4 was fifth among left guards. PFF charged Incognito with 19 total pressures in 2015, on two sacks, five hits and 12 quarterback hurries in 562 pass-blocking attempts.
Incognito, 32, is one of only two offensive players, along with center Eric Wood, to take every offensive snap in 2015. That comes after he sat out all of 2014 and the second half of the 2013 season following his role in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal.
Incognito played 2015 on a one-year contract, meaning he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. There is mutual interest between the two sides in seeing that he returns.
"Coming in and coming off the street and being out of the league, coming back and playing at a high level, I really don’t think it could’ve gone any better," Incognito said Monday as the Bills cleaned out their lockers following an 8-8 season.
Grand Island's Brett Kern, the Tennessee Titans' punter, made PFF's All-Pro second team, the only other player with local ties to be honored by the analytics website, which grades every play of every NFL game.