New Orleans Saints making some noise in Pro Bowl voting


Pro Bowl voting is well underway, and the New Orleans Saints are beginning to make some noise, according to the team’s official website.  In fact, four Saints players rank in the top ten at their positions.

Quarterback Drew Brees currently sits at No. 8 among quarterbacks.  He has looked absolutely spectacular since bouncing back from an early-season shoulder injury, posting MVP-type numbers.  Through eight games (sat out Week 3), Brees ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (2,763) and fourth in touchdown passes (18).  He also boasts a 69.6 completions percentage, which is most among starting quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts. His overall passer rating currently sits at 102.8, which would be the fourth-highest of his phenomenal career if the season ended today.

Ranking seventh in the running back category is Mark Ingram.  He’s on pace to be flirting with his first 1,000-yard season, sitting eighth in the NFL with 584 rushing yards.  Averaging 4.2 yards per carry, Ingram has also scored five rushing touchdowns.  He’s added 37 receptions for 316 yards, making his presence felt in the passing game too.

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Tight end Benjamin Watson, who ranks 8th at his position, has been one of the bigger stories for the year of the New Orleans Saints.  Defying all odds at 34-years-old, Watson leads all starting tight ends in the NFL with an 84.3 catch percentage.  On pace for his best year yet since entering the league in 2004, Watson has secured 43 grabs for 532 yards and three touchdowns, making it easier for fans to get over the departure of Jimmy Graham.

Speaking of Graham, the man on the otherside of that that offseason trade with the Seattle Seahawks, center Max Unger is proving to be worth the deal for the New Orleans Saints.  He’s helping anchor the line in both run blocking and pass protection as part of the NFL’s No. 1 overall offense.  Unger ranks fifth among centers in Pro Bowl voting.

Voting is not over yet, Who Dat Nation.  There’s plenty of time to get those rankings up, as well as getting some new faces in the conversation, especially left tackle Terron Armstead.  It’s a bit of a head-scratcher to not see him ranked high.  He has been one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL through nine games. You can vote on the New Orleans Saints official website.