Much has been discussed about the recent two game suspension for New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith and the impact it will have on the season opener against the Packers. But that’s no the only thing to be concerned about.
We knew it was coming. DE Will Smith was facing a suspension for banned substance use for the past several years. Luckily, it’s only for the first two games. However, the first game suspension is the season opener against the defending Superbowl champion Green Bay Packers.
The consensus among recent reports is that DE Turk McBride will start in his place. Also DE Junior Galette and DE Cameron Jordan have been thrown around as possibilities. According to the Saints unofficial depth chart, DE Jeff Charleston is actually listed as first on Right Defensive End.
Whatever the case or whomever starts, the Saints will have their hands full at the point of attack. But I think one area that is being overlooked is the secondary. While the Cornerback position is not too much of a concern, I think the Safety position deserves a look.
Starting Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Strong Safety Roman Harper only have one backup a piece and both are untested. Isa Abdul-Quddus is listed as Jenkins backup and Jonathon Amaya is Harper’s. While both have shown good work in training camp and preseason, this isn’t preseason.