TP declares Thomas Morstead #18 on Saints Top 25

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TP declares Thomas Morstead 18 on Saints Top 25

Borrowing the popular idea from the NFL Network, our Saints coverage team came up with our ranking of the top 25 players on the Saints’ roster heading into the 2012 season. The idea is to make these rankings as current as possible – essentially deciding who would be the best players on the field if they lined up for a game today. Therefore, past accomplishments and potential are both factored in.

thomas_morstead8122011.jpgMichael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead

Obviously that led to some tough decisions, and obviously that will lead to plenty of second guessing. And we’d love to hear it. Feel free to vote on the rankings and add your comments below as we unveil the list daily leading up to the start of training camp.

NO. 18 P THOMAS MORSTEAD

Age: 26. Year: 4. Ht., Wt. 6-4, 225.

SAINTS COLUMNIST MIKE TRIPLETT’S TAKE:

A punter? At 18th overall? Absolutely.

In fact, Morstead could be even higher on this list since he is one of a small handful of Saints who has consistently performed among the elite players at his position throughout the NFL. He was the first alternate for the Pro Bowl last year and will almost certainly earn a trip to Hawaii in the near future.

 

Morstead’s booming leg has been a huge asset on both punts and kickoffs. His net average of 43.1 yards per punt ranked second in the NFL last year. And he broke the NFL record for touchbacks in a season on kickoffs with 68. Obviously it helped that the league moved kickoffs up by five yards last year – and it helped that the Saints scored so much – but Morstead was still 15 touchbacks ahead of anyone else in the NFL.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR GREG MCMAHON’S TAKE:

“He can kick touchbacks, which is good. He’s kicked 68, which is an NFL record. He’s an elite punter. His strength is his ability certainly, but also his work ethic and his ‘come early, stay late, get better’ (attitude). He just feels like he’ll be better this year than he was last year. He’s a tremendous talent for us and he’s a good worker.”

What’s your take on Morstead’s ranking? Too high? Too low? Just right? Give us your take in the comment stream below.

 
 
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The great bubble race

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The NFL as we all know is the biggest sports league in the United States, bar none. They sell it we buy it, they shovel it we eat it. They give it to us 24/7, even...

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TP declares Patrick Robinson #19 on Saints Top 25

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New Orleans Saints top 25 countdown: Patrick Robinson, No. 19

07/07/12 5:00AM

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Borrowing the popular idea from the NFL Network, our Saints coverage team came up with our ranking of the top 25 players on the Saints’ roster heading into the 2012 season. The idea is to make these rankings as current as possible – essentially deciding who would be the best players on the field if they lined up for a game today. Therefore, past accomplishments and potential are both factored in.

patrick_robinson1072011.jpgMichael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneCarolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams grabs the facemask of New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson after Robinson intercepted Cam Newton’s pass in Charlotte, N.C.

Obviously that led to some tough decisions, and obviously that will lead to plenty of second guessing. And we’d love to hear it. Feel free to vote on the rankings and add your comments below as we unveil the list daily leading up to the start of training camp.

NO. 19 CB PATRICK ROBINSON

Age: 24. Year: 2. Ht., Wt. 5-11, 190.

SAINTS COLUMNIST MIKE TRIPLETT’S TAKE:

Robinson has the talent to soar up this list in the next year or two, especially since he plays one of the most important positions on the field in today’s pass-happy NFL. The 5-11, 190-pound speedster clearly grew more confident during his second pro season last year, and he has emerged as a bona fide starter in the NFL with the potential to be a standout at the position. The Saints obviously trusted the former first-round draft pick enough to let veteran Tracy Porter go in free agency.

Robinson is still working on his consistency, and he occasionally got beat deep last year. But his confidence clearly surged last season, and he seemed like the only member of the secondary actually able to reel in an interception with four of them. He may have more looks at INTs under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme, which features less man-to-man coverage and more zone.

 

SAINTS CB JABARI GREER’S TAKE:

“I think Patrick has great instinct. Great football intelligence. Incredible quickness. He has a great transition in and out of the break. And his first step out of the break is one of the quickest that I’ve seen in a long time. I compare him to a guy that I played with (in Buffalo), Terrence McGee, as far as his foot quickness, his low center of gravity. He’s built like a cornerback.”

What’s your take on Robinson’s ranking? Too high? Too low? Just right? Give us your take in the comment stream below.

 
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TP declares Sed Ellis as #20 on Saints Top 25

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New Orleans Saints top 25 countdown: Sedrick Ellis, No. 20

07/06/12 5:00AM

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Borrowing the popular idea from the NFL Network, our Saints coverage team came up with our ranking of the top 25 players on the Saints’ roster heading into the 2012 season. The idea is to make these rankings as current as possible – essentially deciding who would be the best players on the field if they lined up for a game today. Therefore, past accomplishments and potential are both factored in.

sedrick_ellis812.jpgMichael DeMocker/The Times-PicayuneThe New Orleans Saints’ Sedrick Ellis sacks the Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub during a preseason game Saturday night at the Superdome.

Obviously that led to some tough decisions, and obviously that will lead to plenty of second guessing. And we’d love to hear it. Feel free to vote on the rankings and add your comments below as we unveil the list daily leading up to the start of training camp.

NO. 20 DT SEDRICK ELLIS

Age: 27. Year: 6. Ht., wt. 6-1, 307.

SAINTS COLUMNIST MIKE TRIPLETT’S TAKE:

Ellis hasn’t been a “bust,” but he certainly hasn’t delivered on his lofty potential since the Saints traded up to snag him with the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft. The athletic big man is a solid starter who can hold up against the run and provide some pass rush. But he hasn’t emerged as a dynamic playmaker for a defensive line that so desperately needs one.

Ellis has shown flashes of Pro Bowl potential during his career – most recently at the start of the 2010 season, which he finished with a career-high six sacks. But last year he was almost invisible, finishing with a career-low 0.5 sacks in 17 starts, including the playoffs.

To be fair, defensive tackle is one of the toughest positions to evaluate. And just because a guy isn’t getting sacks doesn’t mean he’s not doing his job. The Saints have always been high on Ellis’ potential and like what they’ve got in him. Perhaps the shift to new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be a better fit for Ellis, who could use that long-awaited breakout year in the final year of his contract.

 

SAINTS G JAHRI EVANS’ TAKE:

“Man, I’ve been going against Sedrick for what, the last five years? He’s not a huge, huge guy, but he’s quick off the ball. He’s a great pass rusher. He works his hands well so you can’t get into contact with him. He’s just waiting for his breakout year, and I think it’s definitely gonna come. And he’s just a hard worker. Like I said, me and Sedrick have had plenty of battles out there on the practice field.”

What’s your take on Ellis’ ranking? Too high? Too low? Just right? Give us your take in the comment stream below.

 
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