Jul 28, 2014; White Sulpher Springs, WV, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) walks off the field during training camp at The Greenbrier. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints 2014 Player Ranks: No. 6, Keenan Lewis

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We’re just six days out until we can officially call it Game Day, Who Dat Nation! The Saints locked up their practice squad today, which is the big news out of New Orleans. We continue the Top 10 portion of our two-week series that focuses on my Top 15 players heading into the 2014 Saints season. After it’s all said and done, there’s a date with Atlanta. Today’s selection: Keenan Lewis

Birthday: 5/17/1986 (28 years old)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 208 pounds
Twitter: @KGLewis28
College: Oregon State
NFL Experience: 6th Season
Position: Corner Back
Number: 28

2013 Highlights & Notes

  • Started and played in all 16 games
  • Only player in the Saints secondary to start each game
  • 47 total tackles (39 solo, 8 assisted), 9 pass defenses, 4 interceptions, forced fumble
  • Career high in interceptions
  • Played in 91.5% of team’s defensive snaps (892 out of 937 snaps), led all secondary players
  • Restructured contract (3/20) to make salary cap space

Overview

Keenan Lewis was the Saints best free agent pickup last year, by leaps and bounds. Lewis returned home (a native of New Orleans), and was nothing short of perfect for the defense. Lewis went toe-to-toe with the league’s best wide receivers, and came out on top more often than not. Lewis was primarily responsible for the New Orleans Saints fielding the league’s second best pass defense, only allowing 194.1 passing yards/game (only second to Seattle). As well as Lewis performed, he was snubbed from the Pro Bowl.

2014 Outlook

If the New Orleans Saints are going to dethrone the Seattle Seahawks as the league’s premier pass defenders, then Keenan Lewis is the single most important piece of the equation. Lewis faces the likes of A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Jordy Nelson, and Calvin Johnson this season. Lewis has additional help in the secondary this season with the addition of safety Jairus Byrd, and should continue to keep playing at an elite level.

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