Delvin Breaux, Drew Brees finish in Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 for 2015


As tough as it was to sit through a 7-9 New Orleans Saints season, there were clearly still some bright spots that existed.

Although Pro Football Focus is not finished grading out their Top 101 NFL players from 2015, we have two New Orleans Saints players that have cracked their top performer criteria. Drew Brees and Delvin Breaux currently represent the black and gold, but might be a lot lower than you think they should.

The criteria Pro Football Focus uses for this list is based on performance from last season, and it was created with position equality. It’s a glance at how players performed relative to what’s expected at said position.

Here’s what Sam Monson had to say about two of the best Saints from last season:

"78. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (37)It’s easy to think of Brees as just a big contract hanging around the necks of the Saints, because they aren’t winning as many games anymore, but their franchise quarterback was still playing pretty well, if not quite as well as he has at his peak. He was accurate on 77.2 percent of all pass attempts adjusting for drops, which was seventh-best in the NFL, and still passed for over 4,800 yards.Best performance: Week 17 at Atlanta: +5.4 gradeKey stat: Brees was the most accurate passer on throws over 20 yards at 50.6 percent97. Delvin Breaux, CB, New Orleans Saints (unranked)Breaux had one of the more unusual seasons for a corner in the NFL. Having come to the Saints from the CFL, Breaux ended up starting all season and notching one of the better coverage grades (10th) of the year thanks to 15 passes defensed and three interceptions. For all the good, however, there was a lot of big plays against him, and he surrendered 10 touchdowns overall.Best performance: Week 3 at Carolina: +3.9 gradeKey stat: Breaux allowed a catch once every 13.5 snaps he was on the field. The ninth-best mark for CBs"

These two players will not likely be the last to hit this list, as Cameron Jordan and Terron Armstead should easily find themselves in the Top 50. Pro Football Focus will release No. 26-50 on May 11 and No. 1-25 on May 12.