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5 Saints studs through first 5 weeks

Who's been the best for the Black & Gold?

Steve Geller
October 11, 2018 - 9:30 am

Anybody else have the bye week blues? No Saints football this Sunday since the Black & Gold are off for week 6.  After a season opening loss at home, this year’s squad has responded with 4 straight wins and own a 4-1 record which is 2nd best on the NFC.  The LA Rams are the top team in the conference right now as they remain undefeated at 5-0.

We all know that quarterback Drew Brees is the leader of the pack, but a few others have been vital to the team’s success this year.  Here are my top 5 studs thru 5 weeks of play….

WR Michael Thomas

The most reliable hands in the NFL! “Can’t Guard Mike” has hauled in 46 of the 49 passes thrown his way this year for 509 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Thomas has quickly become one of the elite receivers in the league as the 2016 2nd round draft pick maintains a steady diet of consuming football, football, and then some more football. Drew Brees has said the WR treats every single rep, whether it’s a game or practice, as if it’s the Super Bowl. A big bonus to that tireless work ethic is a team first, not a me first mentality.

RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 6 touchdowns on the year.  The slippery running back really stepped up for the team in Mark Ingram’s absence averaging 20 touches a game as a rusher, receiver and a return man.  He’s one of the best I have seen at absorbing a hit. Not just the ability to break a tackle, but when he does get taken down Kamara bounces back up and usually has a smile on his face.  

DE Cameron Jordan

If there has been one thing that has been consistently good about the Saints defense over the last few years it has been Jordan. He has 5 sacks this season, which is one behind the lead in the league. The 29 year old is also the team’s “Iron Man” as he has played in 117 straight contests since getting drafted in the first round back in 2011.  That’s 8 years without missing a single game! Jordan’s big Cal Bear paws not only maul opposing QBs, but also swipes down their passes and hunts down running backs.   

LT Terron Armstead

Much was made this training camp about Armstead being healthy for the first time in a long time.  Protecting Brees’ blind-side is a tough gig but his technique, strength and power make it look effortless. Even while playing hurt Armstead was one of the best left tackles in the NFL, and he has dominated this year.    

QB/ RB / WR / TE / special teams Taysom Hill

Hill made headlines last season as a quarterback who played special teams but has proven he can do so much more this year.  The Saints Swiss Army knife scored the first TD of his career on Monday night running it in after taking the snap under center while Brees was lined up as a receiver.  Offensive genius Sean Payton continues to find new ways to use the versatile Hill. Hopefully we get to see him throw to  WR Drew Brees in the end zone in the near future. 



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