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Five Players on Saints Defense To Watch During Training Camp

After finishing dead last in 2012, the Saints defense made a huge turnaround and finished the 2013 season in the top five. One player-DE Cameron Jordan-was selected to go to the Pro Bowl as a reward for a breakout season. And there were a few other players that also turned their careers around just as much as they helped to turn around the fortunes of the Saints' defense.Here...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Akiem Hicks: The Next Big Thing in New Orleans

When I call Akiem Hicks the “next big thing” for the New Orleans Saints, I’m not referring to his stature since that would be stating the obvious. At 6’05” and about 320 points, Hicks stands out as one of the biggest guys on the field, but we all know that big men don’t always produce. Hicks, though, showed serious promise in his 2012 rookie campaign and built on that...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Rob Ryan, savior of the Saints’ defense

The New Orleans Saints have always had a special connection to that place nestled up above the clouds. Whether it’s having the “Pope” at their games, a team name that refers to the holiest of people, a quarterback named Breesus or the newest addition of Moses, AKA Rob Ryan, to the team. With his flowing white locks, Ryan came to hand down the law of defense to New Orleans....
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Is There a Fine in the Future for New Orleans Saints Defensive Lineman Akiem Hicks?

The New Orleans Saints did not look like their usual offensive juggernaut Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, but that was okay. Atlanta's offense  is so depleted and the Saints defense played well enough that Matty Ice was--well, put on ice.However, if there is any consistency in the NFL the defensive dominance is going to end up costing one guy about $16,000.From Bleacher...
Via FatManWriting
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Will Have Luxury of a Rotation on Defensive Line Against the Cardinals

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...
Via The Saints Nation
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints' Hicks won't take starting role for granted

Hardly two years removed from playing college football on a 12-man defense in western Canada, Akiem Hicks is primed to emerge as a full-time starter on an NFL defensive line. Just don't tell him that, because he won't even admit to being encouraged by the fact that he played with the starting unit in the New Orleans Saints' preseason opener and is regularly practicing...
Via Fox Sports
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Akiem Hicks: Potentially non-sucky?

From Pro Football Focus’ review of last week’s game: One of the bright spots was the play of rookie DT Akiem Hicks, who put in his second strong performance in a row, logging 42 snaps. The third-round pick out of Canada, predicted to be a project, has contributed quicker than expected and looks to be developing into one of the better players on the New Orleans defensive line...
Via The Who Dat Report
September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Draft Grades: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints had nothing to work with, but I’ll grade them strictly based on the picks which they did have to use. Unfortunately, the Saints took a bad situation and made it worse by consistently reaching and not coming away with any immediate help. Akiem Hicks has the size to play the nose tackle role, which the Saints hoped Shaun Rogers could fill last year. However...
Via DraftAce
May 07, 2012  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints 2012 Draft Grades

89. DT Akiem Hicks CDefensive tackle was a need for the Saints and Hicks is a solid prospect, but he’s a bit of a reach and they really needed a pass rusher at defensive tackle. Sedrick Ellis and Brodrick Bunkley are already very good run stuffers. Hicks is not the pass rushing, penetrating defensive tackle they needed.122. WR Nick Toon AToon is a great value in the 4th round as...
Via The Football Fan Spot
May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints 2012 Draft Picks (and undrafted RFA’s)

New Orleans Saints 2012 Draft Picks: Pick Player Position School 3.26 (89) Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina 4.27 (122) Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin 5.27 (162) Corey White, SS, Samford 6.9 (179) Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse 7.27 (234) Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska ————————————————————————————————- Vitt and Spagnuolo Discuss Hicks: Akiem...
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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