Keenan Lewis Looks to Step Up For Saints in 2015


2014 was a down year for the New Orleans Saints.  Struggles and setbacks poured in all season long, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  In a unit monopolized by leadership issues, poor tackling and a deficient coverage game set the Black and Gold up for self-destruction, and that’s exactly what happened.

The team fell apart — it was quite embarrassing actually.  To go from a Super Bowl favorite to a 7-9 club that misses out on the playoffs should be discomforting to any organization in the National Football League.

Now, with the title game just days away, the offseason is just around the corner.  The only thing Sean Payton and company can do now is relax, put the past behind them and work harder to bounce back as a better team next season.

While GM Mickey Loomis and the front offices grind to get the team back on track, coaches and players must stay positive.  Well, that’s exactly what Keenan Lewis is doing at the moment.

The Saints’ shutdown cornerback sure loves his Instagram, the photo-sharing social network.  Lewis, who will be entering his seventh season in the NFL and third with New Orleans, posted a picture of himself working out Thursday afternoon, claiming he is ‘already working’ and that year seven in the league has to be better than his first six.

On top of that, he made a little pact to the Who Dat Nation.  “I will be in the rating as the best cornerback I promise,” Lewis said.  The passion and determination have always been present for the New Orleans native, and it’s good to see that he’s staying focused.

Keenan finished his third campaign in the Big Easy with 40 total tackles, two interceptions and 13 passed defended, which is certainly not a bad year, but slightly down compared to the last.  There were times where he let his receivers slip by him — it was not common, but it did happen more than anticipated.

Lewis has had what some people may consider a Pro-Bowl worthy first couple of years in New Orleans, but his absence from the all-star game may actually be better for the Saints as he continues to fly under the radar.

Go ahead, opposing quarterbacks.  Throw Keenan Lewis’ way in 2015, so he can personally welcome you guys to the “no-fly zone.”  While the Saints look to redeem themselves as a team, Lewis looks to step up and lead his defense back in a positive direction.

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