Four Saints named to Pro Bowl

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Alvin Kamara
(Photo: William E. Anthony)

Four New Orleans Saints were voted to the Pro Bowl, the National Football League announced Wednesday evening. DB J.T. Gray (special teams starter), DE Cameron Jordan, RB Alvin Kamara and CB Marshon Lattimore were selected to the NFC squad to play in the NFL’s All-Star game, which will be held on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. It marks the 14th consecutive season that the club has at least one Pro Bowl selection.

JT Gray
(Photo: William E. Anthony)

Gray, was originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State in 2018. This is his first Pro Bowl selection as he set a new career-high with 17 special teams tackles (NFL-best 14 solo) to lead the entire league through the first 15 games. Voted by his teammates as the club’s special teams captain at the start of the season, Gray has appeared in 51 regular season games since 2018, posting 40 stops, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. Gray is the first non-specialist special teams player to be voted to the Pro Bowl since fellow Mississippi native and current Vice President of Player Development Fred McAfee (2002). Gray is coming off a stretch where he has recorded ten stops in the last six games, at least one in each, including a career-high four in the team’s December 12 win at the New York Jets.

This is Jordan’s seventh Pro Bowl, the most selections for a defensive player in club history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Rickey Jackson’s six. In 13 games, all starts, Jordan has recorded 42 tackles (27 solo) to lead the defensive line, six sacks for a loss of 37 yards, four passes defensed and a team-leading two forced fumbles. The team’s first round pick (24th overall) out of the University of California in 2011, Jordan is coming off a standout performance on Sunday Night Football in the team’s 9-0 shutout win of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, recording five solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and a forced fumble of Brady on a run play recovered by Lattimore, earning him NFC Defensive Player of the Week Honors. With the two takedowns, Jordan now has 100.5 career sacks, reaching the century mark and moving into a tie for 34th place all-time in quarterback takedowns. Jordan is also the team’s nominee for the National Football League’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Cam Jordan
(Photo: William E. Anthony)

In 11 seasons, Jordan has appeared in 173 games with 172 starts. He missed his first career game on December 12, while on the Reserve-Covid-19 list, snapping his streak of 172 consecutive appearances, what was the longest total by a position player and 171 straight starts, which was also the longest in the league among all players. The Chandler, Az. native has posted career totals of 650 tackles (408 solo), 100.5 sacks for losses of 665.5 yards, two interceptions, 56 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and ten fumble recoveries. His takedown total is ranked second in club record books behind Jackson.

Kamara, 5-10, 215, is a five-year NFL veteran who was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Saints out of the University of Tennessee. In 2021, Kamara has played in 10 games with eight starts and leads the Saints in both rushing and receiving for the second consecutive season with 184 carries for 668 yards with four touchdowns, to go with 38 grabs for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Kamara leads the team in total yards from scrimmage (1,015) and total touchdowns (eight). In five seasons, he has appeared in 70 regular season games with 43 starts, rushing for 4,008 yards on 668 attempts (4.7 avg.) with 47 touchdowns and has posted 348 receptions for 3,172 yards with 19 touchdowns. Kamara’s 7,180 total yards from scrimmage since entering the league in 2017 ranks second over that period. With 67 total touchdowns (47 rushing, 19 receiving and one kickoff return), Kamara is five scores from tying the franchise record. The Atlanta native is the only Saint to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five NFL seasons.

Marshon Lattimore
(Photo: Parker Waters)

Lattimore is the first Saints defensive back to be selected to the Pro Bowl three times, having started all 13 games he’s played in this season and recording 59 tackles, two interceptions, leading the NFL with 18 passes defensed and adding a fumble recovery on Sunday night at Tampa Bay to tie for the team-lead in takeaways (three). Lattimore, a first round draft pick of the Saints in 2017 out of Ohio State (11th overall) is often assigned with covering an opponent’s top wideout. He has opened all 70 games he has appeared in and has 289 career tackles (239 solo), 12 interceptions returned for 133 yards, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 73 passes defensed, the highest total by an NFL defender since he entered the league in 2017.

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PRO BOWL WEEK CULMINATES WITH AFC-NFC MATCHUP AT ALLEGIANT STADIUM IN LAS VEGAS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 

The NFL today announced the AFC and NFC All-Stars for the 2022 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, February 6, and will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Tickets are available now on ProBowl.com and will allow fans special benefits on gameday including access to the Pro Bowl Red Carpet and other family friendly activities.

Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Stars. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online All-Star voting in 1995.

Twenty-six teams had at least one player selected to the 2022 Pro Bowl roster and 23 clubs had multiple players chosen as All-Stars. The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS led all teams with seven Pro Bowl selections while the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS and LOS ANGELES CHARGERS each had six players chosen. Five teams – the BALTIMORE RAVENS, CLEVELAND BROWNS, DALLAS COWBOYS, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS and TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – each placed five players on the Pro Bowl roster.

Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY was selected to his 15th Pro Bowl, the most of any player ever, while Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS was selected to his 10th Pro Bowl. Each of the four other quarterbacks selected – the Los Angeles Chargers’ JUSTIN HERBERT, Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES and Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY – are under the age of 27.

Thirty-one of the players selected to the Pro Bowl today are first-time All-Stars, including four rookies – wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE of the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker MICAH PARSONS of the Dallas Cowboys, tight end KYLE PITTS of the Atlanta Falcons and tackle RASHAWN SLATER of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Minnesota’s JUSTIN JEFFERSON was named to his second-consecutive Pro Bowl since entering the league in 2020 while five other second-year players – Dallas’ TREVON DIGGS, Baltimore’s DEVIN DUVERNAY, Herbert, Indianapolis’ JONATHAN TAYLOR and Tampa Bay’s TRISTAN WIRFS – each earned their first Pro Bowl selections.

The 2022 Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Leading up to the game, the NFL will host a series of Pro Bowl Week festivities, bringing free experiences and activities to fans in Las Vegas. A number of events will also be focused on celebrating football at all levels. Pro Bowl Week festivities will include Pro Bowl Practice, Play Football Opening Night, the NFL FLAG Championships presented by Subway, the East-West Shrine Bowl (televised on NFL Network), the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown (televised on ESPN) and Community Day.

More details around how fans can get involved with Pro Bowl Week festivities will be announced at a later date. Visit ProBowl.com for the latest event details.

2022 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

(*First-time Pro Bowl selection; Bold/Italic: Starter)

AFC

OFFENSE (21)

 

QUARTERBACKS (3)

TIGHT ENDS (2)

*

Justin Herbert, L.A. Chargers

Mark Andrews, Baltimore

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore

Travis Kelce, Kansas City

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City

TACKLES (3)

WIDE RECEIVERS (4)

Orlando Brown, Kansas City

Keenan Allen, L.A. Chargers

*

Dion Dawkins, Buffalo

*

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati

*

Rashawn Slater, L.A. Chargers

Stefon Diggs, Buffalo

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City

GUARDS (3)

Joel Bitonio, Cleveland

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis

Nick Chubb, Cleveland

*

Wyatt Teller, Cleveland

*

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati

*

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis

CENTERS (2)

Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis

FULLBACK (1)

*

Corey Linsley, L.A. Chargers

Patrick Ricard, Baltimore


DEFENSE (18)

 

DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)

 

INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)

*

Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas

Darius Leonard, Indianapolis

Myles Garrett, Cleveland

*

Denzel Perryman, Las Vegas

*

Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati

CORNERBACKS (4)

INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)

Xavien Howard, Miami

DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis

*

J.C. Jackson, New England

Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh

*

Kenny Moore, Indianapolis

Chris Jones, Kansas City

Denzel Ward, Cleveland

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)

FREE SAFETY (1)

Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers

Kevin Byard, Tennessee

Matthew Judon, New England

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh

 

STRONG SAFETIES (2)

 

Derwin James, L.A. Chargers

 

Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City


SPECIALISTS (5)

 

PUNTER (1)

 

RETURN SPECIALIST (1)

*

AJ Cole, Las Vegas

*

Devin Duvernay, Baltimore

 

 

 

PLACEKICKER (1)

 

SPECIAL TEAMER (1)

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

Matthew Slater, New England

 

LONG SNAPPER (1)

*

Luke Rhodes, Indianapolis

2022 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

(*First-time Pro Bowl selection; Bold/Italic: Starter)

NFC

OFFENSE (21)

 

QUARTERBACKS (3)

 

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay

George Kittle, San Francisco

Kyler Murray, Arizona

*

Kyle Pitts, Atlanta

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

 

 

TACKLES (3)

WIDE RECEIVERS (4)

Tyron Smith, Dallas

Davante Adams, Green Bay

 

Trent Williams, San Francisco

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota

*

Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay

*

Cooper Kupp, L.A. Rams

 

*

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco

 

GUARDS (3)

*

Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay

RUNNING BACKS (3)

 

Zack Martin, Dallas

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans

 

Brandon Scherff, Washington

James Conner, Arizona

 

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota

 

CENTERS (2)

*

Ryan Jensen, Tampa Bay

 

FULLBACK (1)

 

Jason Kelce, Philadelphia

 

Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

 


DEFENSE (18)

 

DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)

INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)

Nick Bosa, San Francisco

*

Micah Parsons, Dallas

*

Brian Burns, Carolina

Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Cameron Jordan, New Orleans

CORNERBACKS (4)

INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)

*

Trevon Diggs, Dallas

*

Jonathan Allen, Washington

Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans

Kenny Clark, Green Bay

Jalen Ramsey, L.A. Rams

Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams

Darius Slay, Philadelphia

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)

FREE SAFETY (1)

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay

Quandre Diggs, Seattle

Chandler Jones, Arizona

Robert Quinn, Chicago

STRONG SAFETIES (2)

Budda Baker, Arizona

Harrison Smith, Minnesota


SPECIALISTS (5)

 

PUNTER (1)

 

RETURN SPECIALIST (1)

*

Bryan Anger, Dallas

*

Jakeem Grant, Chicago

 

PLACEKICKER (1)

 

SPECIAL TEAMER (1)

*

Matt Gay, L.A. Rams

*

J.T. Gray, New Orleans

LONG SNAPPER (1)

*

Josh Harris, Atlanta

2022 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY CLUB

PLAYER

POSITION

PRO BOWLS

ARIZONA (4)

Budda Baker

Strong Safety

4

James Conner

Running Back

2

Chandler Jones

Outside Linebacker

4

Kyler Murray

Quarterback

2

ATLANTA (2)

Josh Harris

Long Snapper

1

Kyle Pitts

Tight End

1

BALTIMORE (5)

Mark Andrews

Tight End

2

Devin Duvernay

Return Specialist

1

Lamar Jackson

Quarterback

2

Patrick Ricard

Fullback

3

Justin Tucker

Placekicker

5

BUFFALO (2)

Dion Dawkins

Tackle

1

Stefon Diggs

Wide Receiver

2

CAROLINA (1)

Brian Burns

Defensive End

1

CHICAGO (2)

Jakeem Grant

Return Specialist

1

Robert Quinn

Outside Linebacker

3

CINCINNATI (3)

Ja’Marr Chase

Wide Receiver

1

Trey Hendrickson

Defensive End

1

Joe Mixon

Running Back

1

CLEVELAND (5)

Joel Bitonio

Guard

4

Nick Chubb

Running Back

3

Myles Garrett

Defensive End

3

Wyatt Teller

Guard

1

Denzel Ward

Cornerback

2

DALLAS (5)

Bryan Anger

Punter

1

Trevon Diggs

Cornerback

1

Zack Martin

Guard

7

Micah Parsons

Inside/Middle Linebacker

1

Tyron Smith

Tackle

8

GREEN BAY (3)

Davante Adams

Wide Receiver

5

Kenny Clark

Interior Lineman

2

Aaron Rodgers

Quarterback

10

INDIANAPOLIS (7)

DeForest Buckner

Interior Lineman

2

Ryan Kelly

Center

3

Darius Leonard

Inside/Middle Linebacker

3

Kenny Moore

Cornerback

1

Quenton Nelson

Guard

4

Luke Rhodes

Long Snapper

1

Jonathan Taylor

Running Back

1

KANSAS CITY (6)

Orlando Brown

Tackle

3

Tyreek Hill

Wide Receiver

6

Chris Jones

Interior Lineman

3

Travis Kelce

Tight End

7

Patrick Mahomes

Quarterback

4

Tyrann Mathieu

Strong Safety

3

LAS VEGAS (3)

AJ Cole

Punter

1

Maxx Crosby

Defensive End

1

Denzel Perryman

Inside/Middle Linebacker

1

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6)

Keenan Allen

Wide Receiver

5

Joey Bosa

Outside Linebacker

4

Justin Herbert

Quarterback

1

Derwin James

Strong Safety

2

Corey Linsley

Center

1

Rashawn Slater

Tackle

1

LOS ANGELES RAMS (4)

Aaron Donald

Interior Lineman

8

Matt Gay

Placekicker

1

Cooper Kupp

Wide Receiver

1

Jalen Ramsey

Cornerback

5

MIAMI (1)

Xavien Howard

Cornerback

3

MINNESOTA (3)

Dalvin Cook

Running Back

3

Justin Jefferson

Wide Receiver

2

Harrison Smith

Strong Safety

6

NEW ENGLAND (3)

J.C. Jackson

Cornerback

1

Matthew Judon

Outside Linebacker

3

Matthew Slater

Special Teamer

10

NEW ORLEANS (4)

J.T. Gray

Special Teamer

1

Cameron Jordan

Defensive End

7

Alvin Kamara

Running Back

5

Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

4

PHILADELPHIA (2)

Jason Kelce

Center

5

Darius Slay

Cornerback

4

PITTSBURGH (2)

Cameron Heyward

Interior Lineman

5

T.J. Watt

Outside Linebacker

4

SAN FRANCISCO (5)

Nick Bosa

Defensive End

2

Kyle Juszczyk

Fullback

6

George Kittle

Tight End

3

Deebo Samuel

Wide Receiver

1

Trent Williams

Tackle

9

SEATTLE (2)

Quandre Diggs

Free Safety

2

Bobby Wagner

Inside/Middle Linebacker

8

TAMPA BAY (5)

Shaquil Barrett

Outside Linebacker

2

Tom Brady

Quarterback

15

Ryan Jensen

Center

1

Ali Marpet

Guard

1

Tristan Wirfs

Tackle

1

TENNESSEE (1)

Kevin Byard

Free Safety

2

WASHINGTON (2)

Jonathan Allen

Interior Lineman

1

Brandon Scherff

Guard

5

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