Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:36
New Orleans Saints: All Pro, Heath Evans, Atlanta Falcons, Roddy White
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New Orleans Saints Fullback Heath Evans, Drew Brees, Jeremy Shockey, Jahri Evans, Jonathan Goodwin, Jonathan Vilma, Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper all finished in the top five of their respective positions for All Pro votes.  Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White’s tweets are drawing attention.

Eight Saints finished in the top five of their respective positions in the NFL Fan Pro Bowl vote.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters. NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Wednesday and Thursday. The teams will be announced at 8 p.m. on Tuesday on a special NFL Total Access 2011 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

Quarterback Drew Brees finished No. 5 over-all in the Fan Vote with 971,731 votes. He finished behind Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (1,522,457) in NFC quarterbacks.

Fullback Heath Evans was the only Saints to finish No. 1 at their position as he earned 207,936 votes. Along with Brees and Evans, tight end Jeremy Shockey, guard Jahri Evans, center Jonathan Goodwin, linebacker Jonathan Vilma, and safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper all finished in the top five of their respective positions.

The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 30, and televised on Fox at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is fired up about the fact that people are "mad for the Saints." White apparently realized that he shouldn't have said what he said on Twitter. But instead of deleting the Tweets, he simply asked the local newspaper in Atlanta not to talk about them. Later in the day, he asked the folks at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to give him a "great Christmas gift this year and stop posting my tweets." Surely, the Falcons can't be pleased with White's antics. Not only does he give the Saints added motivation for Monday night's game, but he could wake up the giant that won Super Bowl XLIV in time for the defending champions to at some point return to the Georgia Dome and knock out the Falcons in the playoffs...

Adam Caplan of has the Falcons No. 1 in his NFC power ratings and the Saints No. 3 (behind the Eagles). Writes Caplan: "Atlanta has the NFL's longest winning streak at eight games. And the reason why the Falcons are playing so well is that because they aren't making a lot of mistakes on either side of the ball." On the Saints: "The Saints simply are not playing at the same impressive level from both side of the ball like they were in at this point last season. It's hard to point to anything specific, but they can't be called a dominating team anymore."...


Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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