Whether or not it has been a smokescreen, Martez Wilson and Junior Galette are ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Galette has been nursing a hamstring injury and Wilson an elbow injury. Both were full go in practice Wednesday, as reported on NewOrleansSaints.com.
This is great news for Rob Ryan’s defense. Both are central to the team’s success on defense, especially with the thinness at the position and the loss of Victor Butler and Will Smith. Parys Haralson remains the backup with a chance to rotate in on different situations. He does have experience in a 3-4 system but Rob Ryan’s defense may be a little different than he’s used to, especially with terminology. Right now, the Saints are counting on Wilson and Galette.
However, I do not believe that the Saints will need to rely solely on these two to create pressure. As I said last week, the Saints have gotten pressure recently from their front three on the defensive line. Add with the effective use of the inside linebackers and using corner or safety blitzes, you have a plethora of options in spite of the Saints issues at outside linebacker.
As my colleague John Hendrix suggests, the Saints don’t need a top 10 defense. Rather, they need consistent pressure, the ability to come up with some stops, and shut down the run game. I believe that the Saints have the personnel to achieve these goals. With Wilson and Galette now back in action, they have an even better chance to prove they have all the pieces in place for a serious, if not solid, showing against the Atlanta Falcons.
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