The New Orleans Saints defense is one of the most talented and deep units in the NFL. Over the last two seasons, starters like Tracy Porter, Jonathan Vilma, and Darren Sharper have missed significant time, but the unit has suffered almost no injury problems during that time. This year, things may be different, though. The team lost one of its more notable defenders, defensive end Charles Grant to a season-ending foot injury.
While the New Orleans Saints boast one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL, the defense that the team has grown accustomed to relying on is suddenly turning into a liability.
The New Orleans Saints may be considered an offensive-minded team, but Sean Payton’s team can also play defensively. Indeed, the defending NFC South champions finished fifth in both the and rankings in the 2020 season. And with stars like Marshawn Lattimore filling in for the team, New Orleans has the talent to stop most offenses on any given Sunday.
Unfortunately, the Saints suffered a surprising setback in their stellar defense, which could be a problem for a team desperate to overcome playoff setbacks.
You think the Saints only know how to score points?
Think about it.
While no one knows exactly what the offense will look like without Drew Brees, New Orleans has a diverse group of defenders capable of stopping teams in 2021. More importantly, the Saints have established stars, solid veterans and young players with a lot of potential.
Cameron Jordan has been the heart of the Front Seven since he was 24 years old. in the 2011 NFL Draft. With 94.5 sacks in 160 regular-season games, the 6-foot-11, 287-pound defender clearly knows how to chase the quarterback. After a season in which he failed to record double-digit sacks for the first time since 2016, Jordan should have plenty of motivation to prove that he still has something in the tank at the age of 32.
The six-time Pro Bowler will also have the opportunity to coach his eventual successor. The Saints have selected defender Payton Turner (6ft 6in 270lb) with the 28th pick. in the 2021 NFL Draft. In some scouting circles, the Houston native is seen as a target to hit, but he would do well to learn from someone who has had incredible success at the professional level.
Following the selection of Turner, the Saints further bolstered their front seven by taking midfielder Pete Werner in the second round. Third-round pick Paulson Adebo of Stanford was a potential corner for the starting lineup. With three top-100 players in a defense that ranks in the top five in points scored and yards stopped for the first time since 2013, the Saints appear to be on track for success heading into the 2021 season.
When the latest news about an NFL player comes out at this time of year, it’s usually not good for his team.
This proved to be true for David Onyemata and the Saints.
The 28-year-old defender announced on Friday 16. July, shared on Instagram the surprising news about his status for the upcoming season.
I was notified by the NFLPA yesterday that my test came back positive for a banned substance, resulting in my suspension for a portion of the 2021 NFL season, Onyemata wrote. While I was certainly surprised and disappointed by this news, I am responsible for what I put into my body. Since I never knowingly took anything that could cause a positive test, we are currently testing the supplements I took during the test. In any case, I plan to pay more attention to drugs and supplements that may contain substances banned by the NFL.
The Nigerian-born player has become one of the Saints’ top seven defenders since being selected in the fourth round in 2016. Onyemata, a starter in each of the last two seasons, has thrown 32 interceptions, three sacks and 11 quarterback hurries in 2019. In the 2020 season, he set career highs with 44 interceptions, 6.5 sacks and 16 QBH.
However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Onyemata must serve a six-game suspension for violating the league’s stimulant drug policy. With a key player unable to play nearly half the season, the Saints have no choice but to reorganize their plans. Given the backline’s unimpressive depth, the loss of Onyemata is certainly a blow to deal with.
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