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Minicamp Watch: Saints Defensive Line

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May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) during offseason team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Jordan is the undisputed starting defensive end for the New Orleans Saints. As predicted, he made a huge leap with Rob Ryan last year and was another major factor in the improvement of the defense. Familiarity breeds improvement and he will certainly get better this year and become an even more disruptive presence on the defensive line.

Tyrunn Walker did some stretching during OTA’s but didn’t really participate in many OTA drills. It’s unclear if it was precautionary due to a knee that he injured last year. It appears that the Saints are taking their time working him back into action.

Brandon Deadrick is a free agent signing who  is out to prove he still has what it takes to warrant starting time in the NFL. He didn’t have an impressive season with the Jaguars before he hit the IR in December. The Saints will be looking for him to be a run stopper on the defensive line.

Glenn Foster will be another player to keep an eye on to see if he can push for more time at defensive end this year. He was a surprise last year at the end of training camp, having out performed Tyrunn Walker and Tom Johnson. Depth is very important along the defensive line and the Saints will be expecting another strong showing from Foster.

Rookies George Uko and Lawrence Virgil are two tall defensive ends that will have to make a case for making the team this year. Their size got them noticed, but now will be the time to perform.

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