Since the first game of the season, the Saints have been playing without one of their starting cornerback’s Tracy Porter, but after missing the last two games with a calf injury, Porter was finally able to practice fully this week, and will be active for the game against Jacksonville on Sunday.
With Porter back, the Saints will move second year cornerback Patrick Robinson, who has played admirably during Porters absence, back to the top nickel back spot in the defensive rotation.
Negating cornerback Leigh Torrence back to the bench, with Jabari Greer playing the other side, now all the Saints starting secondary is back on the field, that hasn’t happend since week one.
The Saints will be missing two key starter’s on defense, linebacker’s, Jonathan Vilma andMartez Wilson, although two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma has practiced this past week, it was limited and he’s still questionable for this week game in Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Jaguars do not present a strong passing game with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert making only his second start, not to mention Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams will be dialing up all kind of excotic blitzes.
They do however have one of the best rushing attacks in the league, led by Maurice Jones-Drew, who is tied for third in the league with Houston’s Ben Tate, with 307 yards, the Saints held Tate to just 82 yards on 19 carries and will need to do the same in Jacksonville.
Although the Saints are still missing some players on on offence and defense, Payton has always found a way to plug in someone that can cover for that missing piece of the puzzle for a game or two with success.
Plus, the Saints do have history on their side, according to The Times-Union, the Saints have faced rookie quarterbacks nine times in the past two years and have only allowed them 2 passing touchdowns and intercepted them 15 times.
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Tags: Ben Tate Blaine Gabbert Gregg Williams Jabari Greer Jacksonville Jaguars Jonathan Vilma Leigh Torrence Martez Wilson Maurice Jones-Drew New Orleans Saints Patrick Robinson Sean Payton Tracy Porter