Praise for Saints' Greer

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

NEW ORLEANS -- I know there’s been a lot of buzz about New Orleans safety Darren Sharper as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

I’ve participated in that, too. I’d give Sharper my vote right now because he’s having an unbelievable year. But I think what happened just before the half shows you another member of the New Orleans secondary who at least deserves mention as a Pro Bowl cornerback.

That’s Jabari Greer. He intercepted Matt Ryan shortly before the end of the first half and returned it for a touchdown. That gives the Saints five interception returns so far this season and that already ties the team record for most in a season.

Greer was signed as a free agent from Buffalo and Tampa Bay also made a strong run at him. Greer’s been outstanding in coverage all season and has shown he can be a true No. 1 cornerback on what has become a very good defense.