Impact Players Will Come In Free Agency, Not Just Draft For Saints

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Mark Ingram:

The idea of Mark Ingram being in our line-up makes me shake and shiver with a blissful joy.  I remember watching the draft on ESPN and nearly breaking the remote control as I slammed it into the floor, all because Loomis passed on Ingram with the 24th pick.  Twenty minutes later, I had gold plated statues of his bust surrounding my living room.  Back to the point, I believe that Ingram takes over DeShawn Winn’s position, which isn’t really much of a shocker.

Rocky McIntosh (WAS):

McIntosh is a very solid LB for the Redskins, occasionally even great.  His upside is that he is very good at controlling the ground game; downside, he either has trouble switching defenses or he doesn’t put in the necessary work on the playbook.  Should we pick him up he will take Jo-Lonn Dunbar’s position.

Josh Jasper (Undrafted – LSU):

This kid was so consistent at LSU that I am perplexed nobody went out to get him.  His career stats were 47-56 FGM-FGA, a whopping 83.9%!  I’m getting very tired of Hartley’s will-he-or-won’t-he-make-it routine to the point that I just want to get somebody who will make just about every field goal you send him out to kick, not a rock star look alike.

Week 3: Saints vs. Falcons Highlights

(I know you don’t want to relive it but do it for me at the 4:10 mark)

Bernard Pollard (HOU):

Pollard is great safety……… backup.  But, hey, that’s all we really need right now to shore up an already very good defensive backfield.  Pollard isn’t very high on my “we have a great chance of getting him” list, although, if the Texans decide his on-again off-again play just isn’t doing it, I hope we can get him to replace the inevitable departure of Darren Sharper.

Despite the fact that we have so many players who could potentially leave before this season starts, I’m still very optimistic.  As long as Loomis and Payton are in control, I won’t sweat a drop.

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  • gottabedam

    While I liked Jasper coming out of LSU, I feel like you are only focusing on Hartley’s missed field goal in the Falcons game rather than what he has done in his career. For example:

    You tout Jasper’s career FG percentage at a “whopping 83.9%”. What’s Hartley’s in the pros? A “will-he-or-won’t-he-make-it 85.7%.

    You also gloss over the fact that Hartley also has a much stronger leg. In his career he is 12-14 from 40+. Compare that to Jasper’s last year where he was only 10-15 from the same distances (but with only a long of 50 compared to Hartley’s 52).

    You also forget that Hartley is in the NFL record books with being the first place kicker to go 3-3 on kicks 40+ in Super Bowl history.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Jasper and think he can do very well in the pros, but I just don’t understand the constant Hartley hate around Who Dat Nation. Karney missed the kick for the River City Relay, Morten Anderson missed his fair share of game winners. Let this kid get over it.

    • Eli Gay

      I agree gottabedam, since the Carney era there has been an exaggerated amount of skepticism at the kicking position. Kickers cannot perform at their highest potential if they cannot be freely trusted by their coaches and fan base. Hartley has shown amazing ability and fantastic talent for clutch situations alongside typical inconsistencies that are givens with a young kicker in the NFL. The great kickers in this league fix those inconsistencies with time and experience, and that is what we need to do with Hartley, just be patient.