#1 – The Saints Chose the Right Defensive Personnel
Aug 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Jay Richardson (97) reacts after a sack on Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat Devlin (not pictured) in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
I know a lot of you, including myself, were very puzzled when it was announced that Jay Richardson was not selected to the 53-man roster, especially because Richardson was a DE/OLB, and one of Rob Ryan’s guys. The fact we are only going to have 3 OLBs on the active roster is a bit puzzling. After the game against the Texans, we couldn’t even begin to speculate who our starting defense would be against the Falcons. However, when I thought about it all further, here’s what I came up with.
Only carrying 3 OLBs on the active roster speaks volumes on the true health of Junior Gallette & Martez Wilson. To say we are eager for both of them to be in the mix, and return to the field, is a serious understatement. Newly acquired Parys Haralson was retained as the other OLB, and that means the Saints liked the player who missed all of 2012 coming off of a torn triceps injury versus all of the other options on the table. Haralson has true potential, and while many default to his lack of sack production, what else do you expect if you had to compete against Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, and Ahmad Brooks? That’s like the equivalent of singling out one of the Dome Patrol because one of them had only a few sacks, while the others flourished.
I could easily see Ramon Humber as a player who could prove to be very versatile. His potential & contribution reminds me of what Jo’Lonn Dunbar & Jonathan Casillas did for the team in the past. I only hope that when he plays accordingly, that we keep him. I also believe something that is forgotten in the mix, is that Roman Harper will line up more as an OLB.
As far as the other parts of the defense, it was hardly a shock to see the defensive line & secondary players chosen as part of the final 53.