Despite a semi-disappointing second half in the 2013 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints are still in a solid position to send themselves to the playoffs. A home match up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome bodes well for the Saints, however, who they would match up against and what their seeding still need to work itself out.
In addition to the hope still alive for the Saints, the organization will be sending five players to the 2014 Pro Bowl—four from the offense and one from the defense.
Quarterback Drew Brees obviously made the cut, making the cut for the eighth time in his 13 seasons playing in the NFL. This has also been his sixth consecutive selection to the Pro Bowl. Not too shabby for a second round draft pick out of Purdue, and Brees will definitely be heading to the Hall of Fame when his time comes.
All-star tight end Jimmy Graham was also chosen, marking the second time the honor has been bestowed upon him. Graham currently leads all receivers in touchdowns, having snagged 15 through his first 16 games and has tallied 1,144 yards as well.
Also making the Pro Bowl for New Orleans on the offensive side of the ball are Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs. Evans has made the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive season while Grubbs’ selections marks his second time being and all-star, the first of which came with his time as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
What was especially great to see, however, was at least one member of the Saints’ defense was selected. Defensive end Cameron Jordan made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his three year career after having a break out year, leading New Orleans with 12.5 sacks. Jordan seems to have flourished under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and it seems as if the sky is the limit at the moment.
So, win or lose against the Tampa Bay in their season finale, the Saints can hang their heads high knowing they are a great organization with professional personnel and are competitive and relevant to the league.
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