The Saints recently landed four players in Pro Football Focus’ list of the top 50 NFL players for 2018. Wide receiver Michael 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 Womens Benjamin Watson Jersey , 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 touchdown.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 hurries. 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 league.As uplifting as it is to have such strong representation from the Saints roster on this list Youth Cameron Jordan Jersey , 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. Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman will miss his second straight game with a knee injury, and the Falcons also will be without starting defensive end Takk McKinley when they host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.Coach Dan Quinn declared both players out Friday, extending a rash of injuries that have plagued the Falcons (1-1) already this season.Freeman went down with a bruised knee in a Week 1 loss to Philadelphia, while McKinley sustained a groin injury that kept him off the field in the closing stages of last weekend's 31-24 victory over Carolina.Tevin Coleman took over as the primary running back against the Panthers Womens Patrick Robinson Jersey , rushing for 107 yards, and rookie Ito Smith also was effective. The loss of McKinley means Brooks Reed will likely move into a starting role vs. the Saints.The Falcons also will be missing backup end Derrick Shelby, ruled out with a groin injury, and reserve linebacker Corey Nelson (calf).Atlanta already has lost safety Keanu Neal and offensive guard Andy Levitre to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Deion Jones (foot) will have to miss at least eight games after going on injured reserve.
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