2 players that drastically exceeded expectations in Saints’ Wild Card weekend victory

Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) with cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams (26) with cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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I don’t know what CJGJ says to the Bears’ receivers, but whatever it is, they do not like it.

Javon Wims took a cheap shot at him the last time these two met, and this time around it was Anthony Miller. While that’s not necessarily why he landed on this shortlist, it should be noted as it made a huge impact on the game.

Miller, a speedster that has been impactful for the Bears this season, was a go-to target for Mitchell Trubisky. He was the team’s second-best receiver. Already struggling offensively, CJGJ single-handedly managed to get Miller kicked out.

On top of that, CJGJ led the team in both solo tackles, combined tackles, and tackles for a loss. He was all over the field, and he played over his season average in snaps as he was on the field for 94 percent.

A backup safety and third-string nickel cornerback, CJGJ has become one of the most aggressive Saints defenders. While he still may have some tackling issues, it was clear that Sunday was among the best games of the young defensive back’s career.

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That said, both Harris and CJGJ will be expected to produce at that same level as the Saints welcome Brady’s Bucs to town this Sunday.

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