Mobile — Falcons safety Thomas Decoud, a first-year starter, got some league-wide recognition on Wednesday when he was named to USA Today’s 18th annual All-Joe team.
Players on the team are picked for their high level of play. However, it’s required that they cannot have made the Pro Bowl. It’s sort of the lunch pail, up-and-comers team.
DeCoud, a third round pick from the University of California in 2008, was a special teams maven as a rookie.
Last season, he moved into the starting free safety position and Erik Coleman slid over to the strong safety spot.
DeCoud showed great range in coverage and striking ability while tackling.
He finished with 113 tackles (73 solo), two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, three interceptions, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The USA Today article read, “Second-year player took over as a starter and showed dynamic ability. He can hit, cover and blitz, a perfect package for a young free safety.”