Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson (13) fumbles the ball after being hit by New Orleans Saints linebacker Keyunta Dawson (55) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Keyunta Dawson Perfect Example of Saints Impressive Depth

Keyunta Dawson.

Who?

The man who perfectly represents the quality depth of Rob Ryan’s defense for the New Orleans Saints. Dawson made a major play against the Atlanta Falcons to help the Saints complete the season sweep of their NFC South rival.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett has the details:

Defensive end Keyunta Dawson played only seven defensive snaps in the New Orleans Saints’ 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night. Yet he still managed to make one of the biggest impacts on the game with his forced fumble in the fourth quarter.

Dawson made a terrific effort to chase receiver Darius Johnson from behind and strip the ball after the Falcons had reached New Orleans’ 20-yard line, with the Saints leading by four points early in the fourth quarter. Dawson began the play by rushing from the right edge. But when he recognized it was a screen pass to Johnson, he turned and chased the play. Saints cornerback Corey White recovered the fumble.

So there it is.

Once again, Ryan and Sean Payton sure know how to build a roster. The Saints are the perfect example of the “next man up” mentality that sweeps the NFL, and their ability to pull it off makes them surefire Super Bowl contenders.

 

 

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