The New Orleans Saints are once again one of the top teams in the NFC, but the real surprise for the team this season has been the complete turnaround of their defense. Much of the credit goes to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but it was a key free agent signing that has also contributed to the defensive unit’s change of fortunate.
Cornerback Keenan Lewis has been a stud in the defensive backfield for New Orleans and he has done enough for Ryan to state his case for a Pro Bowl nod.
“I certainly think so. I know you guys think so. I mean, when you see him play every week you know he is. Some of these guys might have four picks but you see them give up 16 touchdowns, but get voted into the Pro Bowl,” Lewis said, via the team’s official website.
“This guy has earned that, and I think – I don’t know how it is nowadays, AFC/NFC and my kids voting – I don’t know. But I know who deserves it, and he’s worked his tail off. What a leader he’s been for us, and what a transaction. We picked him up out of all of these other people out there and, like I said, we knew we got the best defensive player that was available. We did.”
Lewis may be a lesser known cornerback to fans around the league, so it could be hard for him to earn a Pro Bowl nod in a stacked NFC.
However, when the coaches place their votes, Ryan will be hoping that they see the same caliber of player that he knows he has patrolling his secondary.