When the 2013 Pro Bowl roster was announced this evening, fans of the New Orleans Saints got an overdue sense of joy for one of their own.
Punter Thomas Morstead was finally named to the roster after years of being what was called “snubbed” by the NFL. Supporters of the Black and Gold lobbied hard for Morstead this past year as well as this year, finally reaching success.
Morstead is currently on track to break the net yards per punt that was set by San Francisco 49ers kicker Andy Lee last year at 43.99. Morstead’s current average is at 44.7 yards per punt.
Joining Morstead in Hawaii will be guard Jahri Evans who will be attending his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl. The right guard on the Saints offensive line continues to cement his status as one of the best in the league.
Surprisingly, quarterback Drew Brees was left off the roster after being on it the past four consecutive times. Instead Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be the starter with Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan and Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III as reserves.
Also absent was Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Marques Colston. It was thought that this could be Colston’s year but dropped passes and several fumbles this season kept Colston off.
Dropped passes could also be the reason that Graham missed the roster this year. The once reliable tight end has had one of his worst seasons since being drafted by the Saints in 2010 and lead the NFL in dropped passes which could have been caused by a nagging wrist injury.