5 New Orleans Saints who must ‘bring the wood’ against the Titans

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Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Kasim Edebali against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3. Kasim Edebali

Like David Hawthorne, Kasim Edebali should see a significant increase in snaps Sunday with three linebackers ruled out with injuries.  Edebali is third on the team with three sacks, which aren’t eye-popping numbers, but he is proving himself to be a pest to offenses.

The Germany native is finding himself in his second year, especially after the departure of Junior Galette and now Akiem Hicks in the pass rush.  Edebali has shown flashes of his abilities, but his inconsistency keeps his snap count low.  He’s growing and improving, and he’ll have the chance to continue his emergence when he’s likely thrown into a starting role Sunday.

Edebali must bring the heat against Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota.  Make the newbie feel pressured.  Make Mariota make mistakes.  A solid effort in the pass rush could result in some takeaways by a New Orleans Saints secondary that is beginning to make plays.

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