Pro Football Focus was established with the purpose of creating statistics beyond what is typically available. PFF grades players based on context and performance, for example, how frequently an offensive lineman allows pressure on the quarterback.
After watching every play in every game, PFF awarded four New Orleans Saints players with All-Pro selections. Cameron Jordan and Thomas Morstead were selected to the All-Pro team, while Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were selected to the All-Pro second team.
Cam Jordan - All-Pro Edge Defender
Morstead - All-Pro Punter
Alvin Kamara - 2nd Team All-Pro Flex Offense
Michael Thomas - 2nd Team All-Pro Wide Receiver
Cameron Jordan: PFF Grade 95.4
Elite Stat: Jordan ranked eighth among edge defenders in total pressures with 74 in 2017.
"Cameron Jordan may be one of the league's most underrated players and also may be only getting better as the seasons go by. There were players on the edge with more pressures than Jordan managed this season, as his 74 total pressures ranked eighth, nine pressures short of Von Miller at the top of the list. Jordan added 10 batted passes to his stat line, leading the league for passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. He, of course, is also more than just an edge rusher, and his 91.7 run-defense grade is the third-best mark among edge defenders in the league this year. He has been the most dominant force on a much-improved Saints defense and solidified his status as one of the most dominant defenders in the league, even if he rarely gets mentioned alongside the likes of Von Miller and Khalil Mack."
"2017 really was a special season for punters in the NFL, but what Thomas Morstead accomplished this year really set the bar. He punted 60 times over the course of the season, with 28 of those punts landing inside the opposing team's 20-yard line. The Saints' defensive playmakers and running backs have understandably received a lot of praise this year, but the success of their punting unit has been important for the Saints' return to the postseason too."