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2020 NFL Preseason All-NFC South Teams

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First and second teams; according to fans

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For weeks the polls were open for fans of the NFL - and the NFC South specifically - to cast their votes for players they felt deserves slots on the Preseason All-NFC South Teams. The results are in, so let’s take a look at how things turned out.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

FIRST TEAM: DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

RUNNING BACK

FIRST TEAM: CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, CAROLINA PANTHERS

SECOND TEAM: ALVIN KAMARA, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

WIDE RECEIVERS

FIRST TEAM: JULIO JONES, ATLANTA FALCONS | MIKE EVANS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

SECOND TEAM: MICHAEL THOMAS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS | CHRIS GODWIN, BUCS

TIGHT END

FIRST TEAM: ROB GRONKOWSKI, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

SECOND TEAM: JARED COOK, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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LEFT TACKLE

FIRST TEAM: TERRON ARMSTEAD, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: JAKE MATTHEWS, ATLANTA FALCONS

RIGHT TACKLE

FIRST TEAM: RYAN RAMCZYK, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: TRISTAN WIRFS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

LEFT GUARD

FIRST TEAM: ALI MARPET, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

SECOND TEAM: ANDRUS PEAT, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

RIGHT GUARD

FIRST TEAM: CHRIS LINDSTROM, ATLANTA FALCONS

SECOND TEAM: ERIK MCCOY, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

CENTER

FIRST TEAM: ALEX MACK, ATLANTA FALCONS

SECOND TEAM: RYAN JENSEN, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

While some Saints fans will certainly be surprised not to see Michael Thomas on the first-team of this preseason list, it appears the voters gave significant weight to duration of success voting in two receivers who have been at the top of the league for much longer.

Few surprises on the offensive first and second-teams other than maybe some preferential placements. Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was expected to land on one of the two teams, but the fact he earned over 80% of votes was a bit surprising given his injury history and year off from the game.

Locked On Saints host Ross Jackson himself expressed some surprise that Andrus Peat landed on the second-team as a left guard, something we all chalk up to a lack of talent at the position overall, and not just in the NFC South either.

Tristan Wirfs is the only rookie to make this year’s preseason squad as the right tackle is expected to play a big role in improving the Bucs’ offensive line as they seek to provide better protection for new quarterback, Tom Brady.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey earned the biggest share of votes with 94.4% of voters choosing him for his first-team slot. The highest vote getter from Tampa Bay’s roster was wide receiver Mike Evans who earned nods from 90.3% of the voters participating.

DEFENSE

EDGE

FIRST TEAM: CAMERON JORDAN, SAINTS | SHAQUIL BARRETT, BUCCANEERS

SECOND TEAM: JASON PIERRE-PAUL, BUCCANEERS | DANTE FOWLER, FALCONS

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINE

FIRST TEAM: VITA VEA, BUCCANEERS | GRADY JARRETT, FALCONS

SECOND TEAM: NDAMUKONG SUH, BUCCANEERS | SHELDON RANKINS, SAINTS

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LINEBACKERS

FIRST TEAM: DEVIN WHITE, BUCCANEERS | LAVONTE DAVID, BUCCANEERS | DEION JONES, FALCONS

SECOND TEAM: SHAQ THOMPSON, PANTHERS | DEMARIO DAVIS, SAINTS | KIKO ALONSO, SAINTS

CORNERBACKS

FIRST TEAM: MARSHON LATTIMORE, SAINTS | JANORIS JENKINS, SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: DONTE JACKSON, PANTHERS | CARLTON DAVIS, BUCCANEERS

SAFETIES

FIRST TEAM: MALCOLM JENKINS, SAINTS | KEANU NEAL, FALCONS

SECOND TEAM: MARCUS WILLIAMS, SAINTS | TRE BOSTON, PANTHERS

As a newcomer to the division, fans of the NFC South apparently have high expectations for Dante Fowler Jr. as he joins the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. After having four players make the offensive squad, the Falcons came back on defense and had another four land on that side of the ball as well.

Leading the defensive selections however, was the New Orleans Saints whose eight selections outpaced the Buccaneers by just one spot. The big surprise of this group wasn’t that second-year linebacker Devin White made the list, or even the first-team necessarily. The fact he led voters among all linebackers is what really surprised, as White took home 87.4% of the votes.

While White was the highest Bucs player as far as receiving votes, he didn’t lead the entire divisional defense. That honor went to New Orleans Saints edge defender Cameron Jordan who received 90.6% of votes for this list.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER

FIRST TEAM: WIL LUTZ, SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: GRAHAM GANO, PANTHERS

PUNTER

FIRST TEAM: THOMAS MORSTEAD, SAINTS

SECOND TEAM: BRADLEY PINION, BUCS

KICK RETURNER

FIRST TEAM: D.J. MOORE, PANTHERS

SECOND TEAM: DEONTE HARRIS, SAINTS

PUNT RETURNER

FIRST TEAM: D.J. MOORE, PANTHERS

SECOND TEAM: DEONTE HARRIS, SAINTS

SPECIALIST

FIRST TEAM: BRIAN BURNS, PANTHERS

SECOND TEAM: RYAN SMITH, BUCS

That wraps up our 2020 Preseason All-NFC South Teams. Let us know your thoughts about the final tallies and who you feel got snubbed. Will this list look the same at the end of the year? Probably not, but who will fall off, and who will climb up the divisional ladder? Only time will tell!