Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer
It's crazy to think the Saints got “snubbed” with five Pro Bowlers (QB Drew Brees, DE Cameron Jordan, C Max Unger, WR Michael Thomas and LT Terron Armstead). Especially considering they had zero initial selections in both 2016 and 2017, when they were in the midst of three straight 7-9 seasons. But they really could have dominated this list. RB Alvin Kamara and K Wil Lutz are the most notable snubs (Kamara ranks second in the NFL with 16 touchdowns and ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,487 yards from scrimmage – but he ranks fifth among NFC running backs in that category). On the flip side, QB Drew Brees has gotten plenty of love in his career. His 12th Pro Bowl selection puts him in a tie for ninth place among all players in league history. ... The Saints had a total of five first alternates as well. The NFL doesn't publish their names. But that means they could wind up with more Pro Bowlers -- assuming they don't make the Super Bowl instead.