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5 New Orleans Saints Sophomores Who Must Step Up in 2015

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Dec 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kasim Edebali (91) pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the first half of their game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

2. OLB Kasim Edebali 

A starting role for Edebali is certainly not out of reach.  In fact, this is somebody I look at as a prime break-out candidate in 2015.

As I mentioned with Ronald Powell, the Saints’ pass rush was not it’s best last year.  Edebali showed flashes of his ability to get after opposing quarterbacks with a limited amount of snap counts while also proving somewhat reliable in pass coverage.

With a high motor, strong work ethic, solid explosion off the line, play awareness and good tackling ability, the former Boston College team captain must expose those features in 2015 with more playing time likely on the docket.