LOOK: Best photos of Saints standouts Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis at the Pro Bowl Games
The New Orleans Saints were well-represented at this year’s Pro Bowl Games by defensive end Cameron Jordan and linebacker Demario Davis, who helped NFC team coach Eli Manning defeat his older brother Peyton Manning and the AFC in a 35-33 rout in front of a heavy crowd at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
It was Jordan’s eighth year to be named a Pro Bowler, but it was the first time for Davis, and they each made the most of it — even if Davis was involved with a controversial officiating decision in the Pro Bowl dodgeball game. Still, it’s good to see that they and their families enjoyed themselves on such a big stage. The 2022 season wasn’t easy for anyone and this was a well-earned, low-stakes event to unwind with their friends and peers from around the league.
Here are some of the best photos of each Saints standout from the Pro Bowl Games:
Retired New York Giants great, Eli Manning, coached the NFC to victory in the first-ever Pro Bowl Games with some help from Saquon Barkley.
Retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the NFC were triumphant on Sunday, defeating Peyton Manning and the AFC in the first-ever Pro Bowl Games.
Manning and the NFC got a boost from Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who helped win the dodgeball competition and later caught all three passes thrown his way in the flag football contest. Those passes came off the arm of ex-Giants quarterback Geno Smith.
The Giants’ other Pro Bowler, nose tackle Dexter Lawrence, did not participate in the flag football games.
After the win, Manning received a Gatorade bath and proceeded to rub Peyton’s nose in it.
Below are some highlights from the 2023 Pro Bowl Games featuring the Giants that were in attendance.
The New Orleans Saints just can’t escape last-minute officiating gaffes. Linebacker Demario Davis earned his first-ever trip to the Pro Bowl Games this season, and he was put in a big spot during one of the event’s first highlights: the NFC Dodgeball game, in which Davis made the final throw.
He beamed New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in the head with a dart that would have won the game for the NFC defense — it’s a miracle Barkley’s bucket hat didn’t go sailing away. But the referees said Davis illegally hit Barkley in the face, which led to his disqualification and instead a win for the NFC offense.
But it made for terrific content, with an instant reaction from the crowd and Davis’s teammate Cameron Jordan cheering him on after what they thought was the game-winning throw. Ah well. They’ll have other opportunities to shine in upcoming events like the flag football game on Sunday.
Barkley did take a dodgeball to the head late in the match but per the “official rules,” headshots are not permitted. Therefore, Barkley was able to stay alive and eventually sealed the win by taking out New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis.
Entering a pivotal offseason, Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s agility and elusiveness were front and center for all to see. In a one-on-one showdown with the Saints’ Demario Davis, Barkley was side-stepping Davis’ shots with jaw-dropping maneuvering. Dodgeball or not, it was a marvel to see. Then he used his head, literally, to lead the NFC offense to a victory. Davis looked to have won the matchup when he fired a shot that nailed Barkley, but the Big Blue RB immediately pointed to his head and pointed out that per the official Pro Bowl Games Rulebook (not sure if that exists, actually), head shots are disallowed. Thusly, Saquon led his team to a triumph with some elite footwork and field generalship. It also led to the NFC offense winning the dodgeball tournament and preventing a shutout on the first day of the games.
Thanks to Barkley, the NFC was able to put three points on the board and will head into Sunday’s competition finale trailing 9-3.
The NFL has shaken up this year’s Pro Bowl events schedule to appeal to more fans and draw a bigger crowd, focusing more heavily on skills competitions and minigames to showcase the best athletes in the world in their element. And two New Orleans Saints stars will be looking to stand out as Pro Bowlers in Las Vegas: linebacker Demario Davis and defensive end Cameron Jordan.
This year’s Pro Bowl Games will be broadcast on ESPN beginning Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. CT. We’ll be watching the Saints players in attendance to see how they stack up against their peers from around the league.
A new Pro Bowl ad features Eli Manning teaching Demario Davis some flag football basics, with collateral damage for his brother Peyton’s tackling dummy:
A new Pro Bowl ad features former NFL quarterback Eli Manning teaching New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis some flag football basics, with a little collateral damage to his brother Peyton’s tackling dummy. Eli will be coaching the NFC team against Payton’s AFC squad in the upcoming 2023 Pro Bowl Games, which will include a new flag football games. It will air on ESPN, ABC and Disney XD on Sunday, Feb. 5.
In the new ad, Eli is showing Davis how to “grip and rip” a flag from a tackling dummy with Peyton’s face printed on it — only for Davis to tear the entire dummy in half, quipping “Too much rip?”
It’s a fun preview to spark some interest in the retooled Pro Bowl Games, but more than anything it’s great to see Davis featured here. He’s been selected for the very first Pro Bowl of his career after toiling for years, having spent the first leg of his NFL career with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns before playing his best football for the Saints. This is the kind of thing he didn’t get to experience before. Good for him on making the most of it.
Demario Davis has been selected for the 2023 Pro Bowl games, joining a strong list of Saints Pro Bowl picks over the last ten years:
Demario Davis has been selected for the 2023 Pro Bowl games, putting the New Orleans Saints linebacker under the all-star spotlight for the first time in his career. It’s a well-deserved recognition for a player who hasn’t gotten enough credit over the last few years.
But Davis is far from the first Saints standout to earn a Pro Bowl nod. We’ll see if any of his teammates join him as an alternate, but for now, here’s the list of every Saints player to be selected for the event over the last ten years, dating back to the 2013 season (and the 2014 Pro Bowl):
Finally. The New Orleans Saints only had one player listed on the initial 2023 Pro Bowl roster representing the NFC, but it was a well-earned recognition for linebacker Demario Davis. The 11th-year pro has played the best football of his career after signing with the Saints in 2018, and though he’s earned All-Pro nods he’s never been named a Pro Bowler — until now.
Good for him. Davis was repeatedly snubbed for the Pro Bowl in recent years, so it’s great to see him get over the hump like this and strike that off his to-do list. He’s the first Saints linebacker selected for the Pro Bowl since Jonathan Vilma in 2010. This Pro Bowl selection also earned Davis a nice $500,000 bonus.
Will any of his Saints teammates join him at the all-star event? NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill reports that several players were selected as alternates, so they could get in if their peers are unavailable:
According to NFL Communications, Dolphins star Tua Tagovailoa with 182,118 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games Vote presented by Castrol.
Hurts is 34,162 votes behind Tua for the overall lead, and his 147,956 fan votes lead all NFC quarterbacks.
The Vikings lead all clubs in total votes received. The 49ers, Eagles, Dolphins, and Chiefs round out the top five.
Two other Eagles are currently leading their positions in fan votes.
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
Javon Hargrave, Philadelphia
The AFC and NFC player rosters for The Pro Bowl Games will be announced on Wednesday, December 21, live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed presented by Castrol” at 8:00 PM ET hosted by MJ Acosta-Ruiz and Rhett Lewis.
Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Geno Smith and not Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is currently the top voter in Pro Bowl fan voting for NFC
The Eagles are 10-1 and currently fifth in Pro Bowl votes among NFL teams, but quarterback is currently not the one position getting the most love.
Pro Bowl Games Vote presented by Castrol will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.nfl.com/pro-bowl-games/vote or on club sites until Thursday, December 15. Fans can vote as often as they would like.
Starting December 1, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter for the final two weeks of Pro Bowl Games Vote. To cast a Twitter vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is an additional method of voting to the online ballot at www.nfl.com/pro-bowl-games/vote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.
According to NFL Communications, Geno Smith (Seattle) currently leads all NFC quarterbacks in voting done by the fans across the league.
Geno Smith, Seattle
Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes currently leads all NFL quarterbacks in Pro Bowl votes with 87,384.
Eagles center Jason Kelce has the most votes for his position in NFL Pro Bowl voting, while teammate Javon Hargrave has the most votes for a defensive tackle in the NFC.