Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Drew Brees, and
Cam Jordan all make Pro Football Focus’ list of top 50 NFL players.
A couple omissions aside, Saints players are strongly represented
on this annual list.
recently landed four players in Pro Football Focus’ list of the top
50 NFL players for 2018.
Thomas ranked 39th overall. His 93.0 overall rating was
second only to Antonio
Brown’s 93.7 overall rating. Even though Thomas
only spent 22.3% of his snaps lined up in the slot, he still led
the league with 3.63 yards per route run.
The next closest slot receiver was averaged more
than a yard less per route run from the slot. Thomas
also broke the NFL record for most receptions (196) by a receiver
over their first two seasons.
Rookie cornerback Marshon
Lattimore ranked 32nd overall. His 45.3 passer rating
when targeted was by far the best on the league. He was so
effective quarterbacks avoided throwing in his direction for the
most part. Of the few 68 times he was targeted, Lattimore had five
interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and never gave up even a single
p id=”LMwyCm”>Quarterback Drew
Brees ranked 24th overall. Though his numbers in 2017
weren’t as gigantic as years’ past, Brees remained the league’s
most accurate passer and tied with Matt
Ryan (88.6 overall grade) behind Tom
Brady (95.5) as the second highest graded QB.
Brees’ added help from the Saints’ backfield
allowed him rely more heavily on a balanced offense rather than
playing catch up with a gunslinging mentality.
Defensive end Cameron
Jordan ranked 13th overall. Jordan has become the Saints
most important player not named Drew Brees. Last year was the third
consecutive season in which Jordan logged at least 50 quarterback
In 2017, Jordan compiled a
staggering 74 total pressures during the regular season, followed
by 13 more in the playoffs. His 10 batted passes during the season
and two more in the playoffs were also the most in the entire
As uplifting as it is to
have such strong representation from the Saints roster on this
list, two glaring omissions remain. Running backs Mark
Ingram and Alvin
Kamara certainly did enough to garner a spot, but it
appears their position is just not as highly valued as defensive
backs, quarterbacks, and edge ushers. Only Le’Veon Bell made the
list at all and was ranked 24th overall.
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