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New Orleans Saints: Time for Will Smith, defense to step up

By Editorial Staff
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The New Orleans Saints defense is not running on all cylinders right now, but it’s only week five and defensive end Will Smith is only 3 games back from a two game suspension, due to taking the the over-the-counter banned substance StarCaps in 2008.

Smith has been and continues to be a leader for the Saints defense after being drafted in the first round 18th over all in 2004.

He has played in 112 games recording 380 total tackles, 57.5 sacks (ranking 4th on the Saints all time list), with 2 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles.

Since the Saints didn’t have him in the lineup for the first two weeks, several other guys really stepped up.

Defensive end Junior Galette has three sacks, and McBride, Turk who has two sacks, are right behind Safety Roman Harper who leads the team with four total.

The offseason addition of defensive tackles Shawn Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin to go along with Sedrick Ellis has helped stop the onslaught of rushers who gouged the Saints last year.

This year the defensive line is holding opponents to only 107.6 yards a game, ranked 14th after five weeks.

Rookie defensive end Cameron Jordan is being brought along slowly. Williams has him  at a set amount of snaps each week, but will soon start to get him more involved in the defensive scheme.

The Saints secondary is doing just okay, although they allow way too many passing yards on first downs and are ranked 15th while allowing 247.0 yards a game.

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