Which New Orleans Saints players have impressed you the most? Coming out of the bye week after five games, the analysts at Pro Football Focus have their take in listing the five best members of the black and gold for the season so far.
While I could have just gone with the highest-graded players regardless of playing time, I wanted to better reflect the players who are most often on the field — so I set the qualifiers to those who have played at least half the snaps on offense (146) or defense (171).
That cut out highly-graded players who have seen limited action like wide receiver Deonte Harris (89.8 grade on 102 snaps), quarterback Taysom Hill (75.6 grade on 109 snaps), tight end Juwan Johnson (81.4 grade on 58 snaps), and running back Tony Jones Jr. (78.0 grade before an injury sidelined him after 56 snaps), as well as promising rookie linebacker Pete Werner (76.5 grade on 157 snaps).
Let’s get to the top five who did qualify: