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The Pro Bowl rosters for the AFC and NFC were revealed on Wednesday night. The New Orleans Saints have announced four players on the NFC roster. Before reading further, LB Demario Davis was once again snubbed in the vote.

Here are your 2021 New Orleans Saints Pro Bowlers.

ALVIN KAMARA, RB

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs against the Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Kamara, 26, received the fifth Pro Bowl honor in his five-year career. He missed four games with a knee injury in 2021, but still leads the Saints in both rushing distance and receptions.

Kamara has 668 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. He also contributed 38 receptions for 348 yards and 4 other scores. Kamara maintained his productivity despite his team’s shortcomings at wide receiver and quarterback and with an injury-battered offensive line.

Kamara has two games over 100 yards rushing and three other outings of at least 70 yards rushing. He also recorded 10 receptions for 128 yards in a seven-game winning week in Seattle, season highs for the team in both categories.

CAMERON JORDAN, FROM

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) dismisses Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (12).  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) dismisses Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (12). Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY

For Jordan, 32, the Pro Bowl honor marks the seventh time in his career and the fifth in a row. He’s received criticism from some fans for his slow start, but he’s gotten to be strong lately.

Jordan has 6 sacks and 26 QB presses for a much-loved New Orleans defense this season. Both brands lead the team. His two sacks against the Buccaneers last week have earned him more than 100 career sacks. It is second in franchise history in this category.

What doesn’t show up on the stats sheet is how well Jordan is playing against running. Still capable of throwing passes after 11 seasons in the NFL, Jordan is one of the league’s best all-round defensemen.

MARSHON LATTIMORE, DC

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) intercepts a pass against New England.  Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) intercepts a pass against New England. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY

Lattimore, 25, earns the fourth Pro Bowl honor in five years. At the start of 2021, he was playing as a potential candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, along with teammate Demario Davis.

Lattimore has 2 interceptions and one fumble this season. He’s among the league leaders with 18 broken passes and only allowed a 54.8% completion rate when targeted. He underwent surgery on a broken hand in a season opener over Green Bay, but only missed one game.

Lattimore is one of the top corners of NFL coverage. He regularly stops an opponent’s best spread in individual cover, allowing the rest of the defense to be more creative and aggressive in cover packages.

JT GRAY, SPECIAL TEAMS

New Orleans Saints defensive back JT Gray (48).  Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints defensive back JT Gray (48). Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Gray is the leader of one of the best special teams units in the NFL. The Saints allowed less than ten yards per punt return and just 20 yards per kickoff return.

Ranked as safety, Gray is one of the best “shooters” in the league and is usually one of the first defenders against an opposing returner.

It’s ridiculous that Demario Davis, one of the NFL’s best defensive players, was overlooked in the Pro Bowl voting. You could also argue for DE Marcus Davenport, C Erik McCoy and P Blake Gillikin.

What shouldn’t be overlooked are the formidable campaigns Alvin Kamara, Cam Jordan, Marshon Lattimore and JT Gray ran in 2021. Congratulations to the three New Orleans stars.

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