Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) celebrates after a sack against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints are sending five players to the 2014 Pro Bowl, which will be the first with a fantasy draft of sorts led by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.
But while sending five players is great, there are two noteworthy Pro Bowl snubs worthy of the national attention. But first, a refresher — quarterback Drew Brees, tight end Jimmy Graham, guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs and defensive end Cameron Jordan are all headed to Hawaii.
The biggest names snubbed? Cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Junior Galette.
Lewis was arguably one of free agency’s most important signings last year after coming over from Pittsburgh, as he has played well in the majority of games and helped to limit big-name receivers. His ability has masked other issues on the unit in rebuild mode.
Then there is Galette, who was a bit of an unknown before Rob Ryan came to town. He has since exploded in the 3-4 scheme as a pass-rusher and has 10 sacks on the year.
Both of these guys are far from national names, but they deserve the recognition the Pro Bowl brings. We have no doubt their strong performances will carry over into next year, so they will have a shot at redemption in 2015.
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