Key matchups for the Saints against rival Falcons
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Saints Receivers vs. Falcons Cornerbacks
Desmond Trufant is a great cornerback and will likely draw the Cooks assignment. Cooks has struggled against Trufant in the past. That means, it will be on Willie Snead and Michael Thomas to contribute in the passing game. If Snead misses the game with his foot injury, I’d expect Tommylee Lewis to get in some snaps. Coleman should see action as well. For all his faults, Coleman’s size and rapport with Brees make him a viable option at receiver.
Expect Brees to test undfrafted free agent rookie nickel corner Brian Poole early and often. Poole has impressed so far, enough to earn the nickel cornerback spot. But as Saints fans know, an impressive UDFA is still an UDFA. If Snead is able to play, Poole will have his hands full in the slot.