Delvin Breaux, Cornerback
Playing football didn’t seem to be possible ever again for Delvin Breaux when he fractured his neck in 2006. He received a scholarship from LSU, but he was never cleared to play a single snap. Breaux worked his way back and ended up playing in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for two years. He then turned his attention to the NFL where many teams stood hoping to sign the New Orleans native.
He then visited and worked out for the Saints, and they never let him leave the building. Sean Payton was so impressed he called Beaux “as good a corner workout as I’ve seen in a long time”. He was a wild card for the final 53-man roster, but he made it. Then, Keenan Lewis went down and Brandon Browner happened. Breaux had to start as the No. 1 corner and excelled.
He finished the year with three interceptions and 19 passes defended. He played the role of a “shut down” corner and was asked to cover the opposite team’s best receiver for most of the season. Unfortunately, he gave up 10 touchdowns throughout the year and was criticized for his ability to find the ball. Despite the many touchdowns allowed, he finished 8th in the Pro Football Focus cornerback rankings.
Breaux is now a proven player in the league, and has to keep up the good play in 2016. He will have to work on his ball location skills and make sure to find the right balance between being aggressive and committing penalties. If/when he does, don’t be surprised if he’s wearing the gold helmet in Orlando next season.
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