Yikes. The NFL announced the leaders in Pro Bowl voting this week, and we didn’t see a single New Orleans Saints player lead their position group — a big fall from what’s been the case before, when the Saints sent more players than any team to the all-star game. The NFL is retooling the event into something more entertaining than a half-speed scrimmage, but the recognition still matters. And there aren’t many viable options for New Orleans.
Only two players currently ranked inside the top-10 at their positions when results were updated on Monday, per NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill: safety Tyrann Mathieu (a three-time Pro Bowler with a strong brand) and nominal tight end Taysom Hill (who does a lot more than most players listed at his position). That’s it. No Cameron Jordan, no Alvin Kamara, no Marshon Lattimore, and no Chris Olave.
It’s disappointing, but that’s their season so far. Jordan is showing his age. Kamara hasn’t been as effective as in the past. Lattimore has missed more games with injury (7) than he’s played (5). Olave is buried at maybe the strongest position group in the NFL, and it’ll take a few years for him to elbow his way into these conversations.
The best teams typically draw the most attention, and the Saints are far from a contender this year. It is what it is. Voting on social media opens up Thursday, Dec. 1 (in addition to ongoing voting on the NFL.com website) and closes two weeks later on Thursday, Dec. 15. Here’s how you can participate on Twitter:
“Starting December 1, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter for the final two weeks of Pro Bowl Games Vote. To cast a Twitter vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag #ProBowlVote.”