Quick-take: Ayodele has been with the Saints since 2008 when he was signed to the teams practice squad by way of the Dallas Cowboys. He also has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons after entering the league as undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.
Ayodele worked his way into the starting rotation in 2008 appearing in six games making three tackles. He took over as the starter the following season in 2009, and since has started 29 of 31 games recording 67 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection, one forced fumble and a recovery.
- College: Oklahoma
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- Age/Height/Weight: 28 years old, 6-2, 318 pounds.
- Status: Starter
Breakdown: A powerful and disruptive player as a one or zero technique, Remi Ayodele is a vital part of the Saints defense and a large part of the teams recent success, helping the Saints defense to a fourth best overall ranking in 2010.
Ayodele’s ability to occupy double teams makes him a key contributor to the defense. Primarily his job is soak up blockers clearing the way for the linebackers to blitz, and enable other defensive lineman an easier route to opposing quarterbacks.