If you don’t know, you better ask somebody about Delvin Breaux. The New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback is quickly becoming a fan favorite and a star down on the bayou. Containing Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in Thursday night’s win made it that much sweeter.
A Big Easy native and once LSU-bound defensive back before suffering a brutal neck injury in 2006 at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, Delvin Breaux has been nothing short of spectacular to begin his long-awaited campaign in the National Football League.
After missing out on what was expected to be an extraordinary college career, Breaux arrived to LSU in 2008. After never being cleared to play, he became a player coach, eventually leaving the Tigers’ football team, but it was not over yet.
Between 2012-2014, Delvin Breaux spent time in both the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, including a stint with the New Orleans Voodoo. But in 2015, he finally got his shot at the big leagues.
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New Orleans signed him to a three-year deal in January as a free agent out of the CFL. He left the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to sign with his hometown Saints.
From the start of training camp through Week 6 of the regular season, Delvin Breaux has been phenomenal, leading all NFL cornerbacks in snaps and grading out as the No. 8 corner in the process.
Opposing offenses constantly pick at the rookie. He’s been thrown at 31 times in six games, yet, he has only allowed 14 receptions, holding his ground like a polished veteran. Through Week 6, Delvin Breaux has accumulated 17 tackles, seven passes defended, an interception, and a fumble recovery.
After Thursday night’s performance, it’s safe to say Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was on an island. “Breaux Island” to be exact. Jones is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, but he was held to just two catches (thrown at five times) for 20 yards when being covered by Delvin Breaux. Those were the only two receptions he allowed all game.
He has without question earned his role as a reliable starer in very little time. Even with Keenan Lewis limited to just a few snaps as he recovers from hip surgery, Damian Swann missing the game with a concussion, and Brandon Browner‘s struggles (showed improvements Thursday), Breaux was on fire against the Falcons’ high powered offense.
The Saints struck gold with Delvin Breaux, who is currently playing at a Pro Bowl level, according to Pro Football Focus. He’ll look to continue his quick emergence into the league when he’s tested again next week on the road against Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and the Indianapolis Colts.