Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/13
The Saints carry seven defensive linemen on their 53 man roster and last week the snaps went almost entirely to three players: Akiem Hicks, John Jenkins and Cam Jordan. That wasn't by design, mind you, because when Tom Johnson went down early in the first quarter, that made him the fourth injured lineman out of seven on the roster. Missing time along with Johnson are Brodrick Bunkley and Tyrunn Walker, both injured in the opener, and Glenn Foster who badly sprained his ankle in the preseason. So the Saints had three players left for three positions and frankly that was a major problem. As much as I like Hicks and Jenkins, both are not every down players. Not now, and maybe not ever. In Jenkins' case he's a rookie with a very high weight and playing a full four quarters when he's never played a 16 game season before is far less than ideal. Hicks at least has a tad more experience, but he spent last year as a reserve that played sparingly. That's a major change in his role and you'd prefer
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