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Saints Coach Sean Payton on Kasim Edebali: ‘I Like His Motor’

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Oct 30, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton calls a play during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Saints defeated the Panthers 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton met with media Friday afternoon to discuss the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Payton had some great things to say about undrafted rookie Kasim Edebali, who helped fill the outside linebacker void after Junior Galette went down in the second quarter with a knee injury against the Carolina Panthers.

I like his (Edebali) motor, I like his motor.  He goes hard, he’s someone that I think pursues well, and he’s given us some good energy in those backup snaps.  He’s also someone that can play in the kicking game in all four phases, and that’s a big plus.

For a young player like Edebali, it’s good to hear those kind of words come out of your coach’s mouth.  It’s a definite confidence booster, and at the moment, confidence is exactly what this Saints team needs.

The potential is there for the Hamburg, Germany native.  He’s quick, explosive, is a strong tackler and excels at locating the ball.  His high motor and determination could suit him well in the NFL for a long time.

He already proved to be a force on the field at Boston College.  As a senior defensive end and team co-captain, Edebali totaled 67 tackles, 9.5 sacks, five passes defended and three forced fumbles.

The former tight end for the German under-19 national team was named to the All-ACC second-team by coaches as well as All-ACC third-team honors by the media as a senior at BC.

If Galette, who is listed on the injury report this week, is unable to go Monday night, then Edebali must step up and prove he’s capable of holding it down in Junior’s absence.  Strong play means a happy coach.  Of course, that will need to be demonstrated by the entire team this week.  First place in the NFC South is still up for grabs — a win is a must.

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