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Kenny Vaccaro- For the New Orleans Saints defense to see major improvement, Vaccaro will have to have a Darren Sharper like impact. In the Saints super bowl run, the defense was less than perfect, but it was okay because Sharper on the back end erased so many mistakes with his playmaking abilities. The Saints have not been able to properly replace Sharper since his retirement and are hoping Vaccaro can be that guy. Rob Ryan’s aggressive scheme will call for Vaccaro to man up slot receivers and tight ends, be an enforcer in the run game, and cover up the back end in some single high sets. Despite his rookie status, Vaccaro will have to grow up very quickly.
Cam Jordan–The outside linebacker positions are in flux. If there is no pass rush generated from that position, Jordan will have to fill that void. Jordan is only Saint to have shown pass rush ability, recording 8 sacks last year. What was especially impressive about that number is the fact that he was playing the 4-3, which isn’t his natural scheme; Jordan played in the 3-4 in his four years at Cal. Jordan will headline a 3 man front that expects to be one of the better position groups on the defense featuring guys like Akiem Hicks, Broderick Bunkley, and rookie John Jenkins.
Martez Wilson–Wilson figures to be starting at the weak side linebacker spot. Wilson is possibly the most athletically gifted player on the defense the Saints will need every ounce of that this season. With the injury to Victor Butler, the pressure will be on Wilson is make consistent plays from the outside. And he certainly has shown the ability. In his senior season, he recorded over 100 tackles and forced 3 fumbles. However, he will have to do better than the meager 4 sacks he recorded. Though all of the Saints’ pass rushing options are questionable at best, Wilson has the best chance to emerge as a top play maker because of his raw, athletic ability.
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Even though the bar was pretty low to begin with, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says the unit is improving. “
I’m so impressed mentally with how quickly they have picked things up,” Ryan said.
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Eric Martin is arguably the best receiver in Saints history. The former LSU product was a star with the Saints, noted mostly for his incredible hands and physical toughness. You can put him up there with Marques Colston and Joe Horn as firmly in the top three receivers in franchise history. Martin is actually still the Saints' leader in catches (tied with Colston, and 1 more...
The New Orleans Saints brought in Rob Ryan to fix their defense, which gave up a league-worst 147.6 yards per game rushing last season.
Ryan then brought in DE Kenyon Coleman, who will play on early downs as a situational run stuffer from the Dallas Cowboys.
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New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham had a quiet summer and that is a good thing considering what the former top two tight end have gone through this offseason. Graham is now the undisputed top TE in the business thanks to Rob Gronkowski’s health issues and the Aaron Hernandez saga. The Saints realize that and are working with Graham’s agent trying to hammer out a long term...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints have added wide receiver Marques Colston to their PUP list.
The Sains are letting Colston rest his foot before he gets on the field with his teammates. He had foot issues last season.
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