We’re back after a one-day hiatus with more New Orleans Saints news and rumors as the offseason inches toward its conclusion. We promise you didn’t miss much!
Today we’ll take a look at some more player rankings and one very controversial piece of info.
Take a look.
Per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas:
The Times-Picayune ranks tight end Jimmy Graham at No. 2 on its list of the top New Orleans players. That sounds about right. Graham didn’t have a great 2012 season as he led the league in drops. But he was playing with a wrist injury that I think was worse than we ever knew. Graham’s healthy now and should bounce back.
Nonetheless, Brees remains one of the four elite players at the most important position in the NFL (along with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers). And he remains the single biggest reason why the Saints are legitimate Super Bowl contenders year in and year out. Brees has some of the best instincts for the quarterback position in NFL history. He moves well in the pocket, makes quick decisions and exploits mismatches as well as anyone in the league. Two years ago, Brees had one of the greatest statistical seasons in NFL history (setting NFL records with 5,476 yards and a completion percentage of 71.2 percent). And he’s still very much in his prime.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
“Ryan had his best season in 2012. He’s now a veteran quarterback at the top of his game. Can he move up from No. 5? If he can take the Falcons a step further in the playoffs, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
And here’s some of what Jaworski said about Brees:
“In 2012, there were times Brees tried to compensate for the Saints’ historically bad defense; more downfield throws, a lower completion percentage. That does not diminish Brees’ standing as one of the elite players at the game’s toughest position.”
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