Saints quarterback Drew Brees, tight end Jimmy Graham, left guard Ben Grubbs, right guard Jahri Evans and defensive end Cameron Jordan will represent New Orleans at the 2014 Pro Bowl, the NFL revealed Friday.
This is Brees’ eighth Pro Bowl, Graham’s second, Grubbs’ second, Evans’ fifth, and Jordan’s first.
Brees is second in the NFL with 4,781 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. He’s completed 68.2 percent of his passes and thrown just 12 interceptions despite being sacked a career-high 36 times. This is his seventh Pro Bowl as a Saint (tying a club record set by Hall of Fame tackle Willie Roaf) and his sixth straight.
Graham has three more TD grabs (15) than anyone else in the NFL, and he leads the Saints in catches (81) and receiving yards (1,144).
Jordan leads the Saints with 12.5 sacks, fourth most in the NFL and second in the NFC.
Grubbs last made the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season. Evans has made five in a row now.
Prior to learning he’d made the Pro Bowl, Jordan said he’d enjoy the trip to Honolulu for the NFL’s all-star game but insisted he’d rather play for a Super Bowl in February in East Rutherford, N.J., home of the New York Jets and Giants.
“I’d rather be freezing in New York than getting lei’d in Hawaii,” Jordan joked.
Graham added that helping the Saints (10-5) get into the postseason by beating Tampa Bay (4-11) this Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome would mean more to him.
“I just want to get into the playoffs,” Graham said.
Players were selected to the Pro Bowl without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and their peers, and they will be divided into teams during a schoolyard-style draft on Jan. 22.
The game will be on Jan. 26.
Saints fans will argue that cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Junior Galette were snubbed. Few cornerbacks in the NFL give up fewer yards in coverage than Lewis, who has three interceptions and eight pass break-ups since becoming the Saints’ marquee free-agent addition this past offseason.
Galette has 10 sacks.
On special teams, some might say Thomas Morstead (a 2012 Pro Bowler) would’ve been deserving of a trip. He’s tied for second in the NFL with an average of 42.8 net yards per punt.
The same could be said about linebacker Ramon Humber, who placed ninth among special teamers with 62,820 fan votes and recovered a couple of onside kicks in the Saints’ last two games.