It is easy for certain players to get lost in the shadow of guys like Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Roman Harper. We also tend to undervalue certain players because they do not put up massive numbers like Brees or Graham.
I do not believe that any Saints fan would dispute the fact that the Saints are the definition of an unselfish team. Every player is more concerned about the team winning games than their own personal stat column. The reason for that is the locker room atmosphere that has been created and maintained by guys like Brees, Will Smith and Johnathan Vilma.
Some guys get little or even no recognition for how well they play because the Saints roster is filled with guys who are the best at their respective position. Even Saints fans are too tough on some players because we have learned to expect excellence from every position on the football field.
I am not saying that extremely high expectations are a bad thing, but we tend to under appreciate some guys when they actually deserve a ton of credit for how they have played. Some are starters who we constantly say are not doing well enough, and others are backups who have outperformed the starter ahead of them at certain times.
There are plenty of players on the Saints' current roster who deserve a lot more credit from the Who Dat Nation, but five stick out above the rest. So let's give them some well-earned recognition.